Today South America is one of the most popular tourist destinations. A lot of countries in South America receive millions of tourists every year. But, none of the destinations these countries offer can be compared with the diverse experiences and adventures Peru offers to tourists. Here are the top 5 highlights of Peru.
1. Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail
Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the most famous tourist destination in Peru. This centuries-old citadel is encircled by the abundantly green Andes and uniquely dazzling views.
The journey to Machu Picchu can be even more unforgettable if you choose to go there through the Inca Rail, a rail that starts from Cusco. This rail carries people through the enchanting views of the Sacred Valley.
Another way to reach it is through the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu, that gives tourists an even more detailed experience of the astonishing Andes’ panoramas. Check https://www.incatrailtours.com for further details on this Peru highlight.
The weather in Machu Picchu can be unpredictable. Make sure to bring several kinds of clothes with you. When visiting Machu Picchu don’t forget that tickets can’t be bought at the entry. There are only 2500 tickets per day which can only be bought from the Ministry of Culture’s website or from the Ministry of Culture in Cusco.
2. The Amazon Jungle
The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most adventurous highlights of Peru.
You can stay in various and numerous lodges that are not that far from the city. These lodges are in fact a part of a truly adventurous and thrilling package which also involves: an all-inclusive exploration of the fauna and flora of the jungle, day or night strolls through the jungle, seeing Piranhas or caimans, eating local food, liana swinging and of course the sunset river expedition.
If you want your trip to the Peruvian Amazon Jungle to be extra pleasant and cozy you can take the nearly one hour long Cusco – Puerto Maldonado flight.
3. Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is the biggest lake in South America which is located in both Peru and Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is also located at a very high altitude of 3812 meters which means that it doesn’t offer tourists a real beach experience.
But this lake still offers uniquely captivating views of its blue waters which are coupled with the snowy Andes in the background. When you visit Lake Titicaca make sure to visit the Uros indigenous people that live on the Taquile Island and Uros Islands. This is an easily accessible destination from the port of Puno and indeed, one of the most known Peru highlights.
4. The beaches of Peru
Peru is widely famous for Machu Picchu or the Amazon Jungle, but not for its beaches. But, despite this, there are a lot of sea beaches in Peru that are worthy of your time and visit.
Cabo Blanco is perhaps the most famous Peruvian beach, and one of the highlights of Peru. This beach inspired Ernest Hemmingway to write his famous book “The Old Man and the Sea”. Cabo Blanco is predominantly used for surfing and fishing, while the other two most famous Peruvian beaches Los Pocitas and Vichayito are mostly used for swimming.
5. The vibrant capital of Peru – Lima
Lima is one of the most historically rich capitals in the world. But, despite this, a lot of tourists make a mistake when going to Peru and don’t visit Lima. Lima is the home of a lot of first-rate museums, pre – Inca sites and old churches. Lima also offers visitors a vibrant nightlife and modern shopping centers. Make sure to go to the “Larcomar” shopping center which has a unique and thrilling location.
All in all, Peru is a unique tourist destination.
It is one of the few places in the world that offers tourists a diverse traveling experience in which almost anyone can find something interesting to do. For adventurous tourists, there are the Amazon jungles, for tourists that like historical sites there is Machu Picchu and tourists that like modern tourists experiences can visit Peru’s capital – Lima.
What else can you ask from a country? Do you know of any other Peru highlights that should make this list or reasons why should you visit Peru? Let us know in the comments below!