As a lot of people know, Peru is one of the most well-known destinations in South America. It is filled with breathtaking and mysterious settlements such as Machu Picchu. Even though it is most popular because of its ancient archeological sites, it has so much more to offer than crumbling ruins. If you are interested in exploring Peru, here are some of the most breathtaking things that you have to see and do to make your experience unforgettable.
Explore the Real Amazon
Peru is the stop where Amazon starts, particularly in Carhuasanta, and then winging its way all the way down to the Andes and back into the Amazon basin all the way on the other side. What a lot of people don’t know is that Peru is the only South American country where you will be able to experience all of its different forms. This part of the amazon jungle is potentially one of the most diverse sections of all. There you will be able to find the Manu National Park that is home to over 200 mammal species as well as at least 1000 birds. On this amazing adventure, you will be able to paddle canoes along crystal clear waterways while listening to the famous ‘Symphony of Green’. It is one of the best places to visit if you are a nature lover as you will not only have a memorable trip but you can take some of the most breathtaking photographs of the Amazon.
Make Your Way Through Paracas National Reserve
For those who are looking for archeological sites, beautiful wildlife and beaches as well as breathtaking scenery, one of the best places you can go to is the Paracas National Reserve. It is located on the southern coastline just about 250 kilometers south of Lima. It is filled with marine life as well as amazing desert ecosystems. Aside from the amazing things that you can experience in the reserve itself, you will also be able to see different restaurants as well as some ancient archeological sites.
Find a Way to Machu Picchu
One of the most popular reasons why people choose to go to Peru is to see the magical Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. There you will be able to take a trek along the ancient path that is between the mountains and get into the secret city. The famous Inca Trail is where the legends were made and you will get to experience it to its full potential. One of the most popular ways of experiencing everything is by hiking the Inca trail. If you are an adventure lover, this is an unforgettable four-day walk on the world’s famous stone stairways. But there are different trails that you can take such as the Choquequirao Trail or the Lares Trek. But if you are a horse lover, you can also take a horseback ride and see Machu Picchu from a side that people don’t usually get to see.
Discover A Whole Nother Side Of Cusco
If you are looking to get more out of your trip than just visiting the most popular tourist sites, make sure that you are taking the time and seeing what Cusco has to offer. What people don’t realize is that Cusco is filled with amazing charms that are not worth missing out on. It has over 15 historical sites. One of the most popular stars of the exploration is the Sacsayhuamán where you will be able to overlook the whole city as well as explore some galleries and boutiques. The next stop should be to the Sacred Valley where you will be able to visit the historic Inca sites at Pisac, Ollantaytambo as well as Chinchero. Another fun thing that you can do is take a stroll to the local Alpaca and Llama farm and fulfill your goal of getting to volunteer overseas.
Get The Most Out Of Lima
Because most travelers are drawn to the tourist hubs of Cusco as well as Arequipa, the magic of the capital, Lima, is often getting overlooked. Lima offers so many exciting things that you can do such as going white water rafting in Lunahuana and exploring its amazing vineyards. Another thing that you can do is go back to pre-Columbian times and experience the buildings of Tarma hark or take a stroll in the jungle and the deepest cave that is just around the corner. Lima will offer so many fun things that you can see and do for free. One of the things that you just have to consider doing is taking a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed colonial town with the Inkan Milky Way. Even though most things like these are free, they will greatly appreciate donations.
Hike And Climb Every Mountain
For those who are looking for something more adventurous and adrenaline pumping, Peru has so many different hiking trails and mountains that you can climb. Starting from the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash that will present you with some of the most challenging mountain climbing experiences in the world. But no worries, if that is too much for you there are many different hiking trails that you can take such as the trek of the Cordillera Blanca. When you are going on a hike no matter how advanced, always make sure that you are well prepared for the outdoor adventure.
As you can see, Peru is filled with so many amazing things that just about anyone can find interesting. It is definitely a place that is well-worth visiting.