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Peru

Why Visit Peru

Every place on Earth is fascinating and unique, but Peru is one of those countries that manage to stand above the crowd.
This place has so many natural and cultural treasures that have fascinated people for hundreds of years and still fascinates them today.

The Natural Beauty

Peru counts with 28 individual climates. This creates a diverse ecosystem and natural variety, all in one country.You can see snow in the Andes, and not far away you can sandboard in the desert by the Huacachina Oasis. You can see Penguins at Ballestas Islands next to the dry and desert-like town of Paracas, and you can row peacefully in the Amazonian jungle rivers.You can hike up to a summit in the Andes, or you can go down to the deepest canyons in the world – Cañón del Colca and Cañón del Cotahuasi.The varieties and combinations are unlimited. Peru makes it perfect to do many short budget trips that will allow you to experience this natural variety.And if you’re traveling Peru with kids, you won’t need to worry as it is diverse enough to provide a thrilling experience for them too.

Peru is well known for its beautiful beaches, and it is no secret that this is a destination surfers will not want to miss.

Top surfing spots are the beaches of Herradura, Costa Verde, and Punta Rocas – all located to the south of Lima, Peru’s Capital.

For a good time in the sun, sand, and crystal waters; you can go to popular beaches like El Silencio, Punta Sal, Punta Hermosa, Pucusana, and Santa María.

The Food

Peruvian cuisine is rapidly making its mark on the global culinary map and with good reason. It’s said that Peru has one of the best cuisines in America.

Peru not only holds a variety of ethnic mixes, but also a climatic variety of 28 individual climates. This mixing of cultures and variety of climates differ from city to city, thus creating a varied cuisine across the country.

Dishes like Lomo Saltado, Ceviche Mixto, Empanadas, Tiradito, Butifarra, and Chicharrón are some of the must-try dishes in Peru.

Travelers can indulge in a wide variety of regional delights, including arguably the continent’s finest ceviche (raw seafood in a lime marinade), traditional specialties such as alpaca steak and roasted cuy (the infamous guinea pig), and tasty, leaf-wrapped Peruvian snacks like juanes, tamales, and humitas.

For taste-bud jangling oddities, dip into a pan of roasted ants or shut your eyes before forcing down a juicy jungle grub.

The Culture

There is an incredible amount of interesting history easily accessible to any traveler.

Whether it is through visiting a museum, wandering around a town or village, or hiking to one of the hidden Inca ruins, you will always be surrounded by the strong presence of history and of their cultural influences.

The ancient Inca ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world. You’ll find some of their most impressive ruins in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; which are best experienced when hiking the Inca Trail.

But the Inca ruins are not the only remains of ancient civilizations. On the north, you can find ancient civilizations in the city of Chan Chan, while at the south you can find interesting evidence of ancient cultures at the Lake Titicaca, the city of Puno and at the Nazca Lines.

Where can you find Peruvian history, culture, art, and exceptional skills all into one? The answer is; in their handicrafts.

Textiles are some of the most famous handcrafts you’ll find in any part of Peru. You can see the women weaving those exquisite patterns that make up a decorative wall carpet, scarf, jumper, or anything in between.

Other great artisanal crafts are found in the form of instruments, wood carvings, canvas paintings, jewelry, and more.

Not only do these make great souvenirs and travel mementos, but by buying them you are helping to support their traditions and are giving the opportunity of decent living to a family.

Activities/Tours:

  • Trekking
  • Cultural Festivals
  • Amazonian Healers of Ayahuasca
  • Sandboarding down giant dunes near Huacachina.
  • Visiting Inca Ruins of Machu Pichu

Top Favorite Destinations:

Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca, also called Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors), is located in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru. In order to get to the trailhead, it’s a three-hour drive from Cusco. To get to the lookout, you’ll need to hike about six miles. The trip is fairly challenging, so it’s not recommended for beginner hikers.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley, also known as Urubamba Valley, is a prime destination for exploring Inca ruins and enjoying outdoor activities. You can easily make day trips to this region from Cusco or Machu Picchu, but consider staying a night or two at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba to explore the region. The hacienda-style hotel is nestled in the center of the Sacred Valley and includes multiple excursions with your stay. Guests can choose from several hikes that vary in activity level, and tour the on-site ecological farm that supports the farm-to-table cuisine served at the hotel.

Machu Picchu

This seminal destination is probably what drives most people to visit Peru. Considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World  Machu Picchu doesn’t disappoint.

The Peruvian Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon covers about 60% of the country and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Get ready to get up close and personal with wildlife and creepy crawlers! Fun fact: the notorious anaconda calls these lands its home.

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