Peru is among South America’s most famous travel destinations, and it begs to be explored. Its vast and illustrious land, colonial, ancient and contemporary traditions blend for an enduring cultural experience. It doesn’t matter the type of traveller, adventurer, foodie or history buff – Peru offers infinite activities to meet every appetite. We’ve sampled some of the best tourist destination, take a look.
The Amazon, Iquitos
The Amazon Jungle covers nearly 60% of Peru. The Amazon boasts of being among the globe’s most biologically diverse places. Spoiler alert: the infamous anaconda calls this place home! A 50-minute Cusco to Puerto Maldonado flight is one way to arrive at the Amazon. You may book a room at the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion an eco-friendly lodge that offers an array of exciting tours. Among the eye-catching experience is the tour of Lake Sandoval the source of rivers otters and howler monkeys just to name a few. Other unmissable adventures included the guided night walk (where you see kinkajous and tarantulas), the evening river excursion and the canopy walk (not for the faint-hearted).
Listed among the Seven Wonders of the World, the Machu Picchu is a must visit destination. However, the number of daily visitors to Machu Picchu is controlled; therefore, you need to purchase your ticket well in advance. You may opt to ride to Machu Picchu by rail and savour the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley’s, and the train ride as well. The weather here is quite temperamental – all sun and shine in one moment and rainy the next. Dress heavily, pack light and carry your waterproof gear.
Acknowledged as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983, Cusco is the original seat of power for the Inca Empire. Cusco carries a historical significance, boasting of 16th-century colonial architecture, twisting paths similar to those of Europe. Plaza de Armas is Cusco’s most excellent location ideal for people-watching and taking a leisure stroll, and the well-known Rainbow Mountain is an ideal destination for hiking.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Also called the Uramba valley, Sacred Valley is the perfect place to visit to explore the Inca ruins and engage in outdoor activities. The Sacred Valley is accessible from Cusco or Machu Picchu. You’d want to spend a night or two at this with the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba the perfect residence during your stay. While residing at the hotel, visitors can choose from a variety of hikes which differ in activity level or tour the on-site ecological farm which provides the farm-to-table food prepared at the hotel. Other activities you can enjoy including biking, horseback riding, hiking, and rafting.
Nicknamed the City of the Kings, Lima is Peru’s capital city. Lima is also a symbol of Spanish colonial history, industry and independence. Tourists visiting the town make a point of visiting the local museums such as the Museo Larco to acquaint with Peru’s deep past. On display is an assortment of pre-Colombian exhibits of the country’s natives. Lima also offers visitors majestic coastal views.