Reasons to travel to Peru
Reasons travel to Peru, should be your next holiday destination
1. Machu Picchu..!!!
The ancient city of Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist attraction in South America and can be reached via hiking the Inca Trail or by taking any number of different class trains from economic to luxury. With a bit of careful planning, the right attitude and right approach for you, you may just find out what the allure is to this remarkable, enchanting and engaging place.
Filter out everything and take from Machu Picchu what it is you are looking for. Sit and marvel, wander its narrow passages, scale its heights, meditate on the magnificence.
Other Peruvian treasures include Kuelap – the “Machu Picchu of the north”. Kuelap is on a clifftop surrounded by cloud forest. Chavín de Huantar pre-dates the Incas and features narrow tunnels and impressive engravings. Also in northern Peru is the adobe city of Chan Chan.
Southern Peru is the home the Peru’s second largest city: Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Puno on Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest navigable lake. Bolivia is also easily accessible from Puno via Copacabana, a touristy border crossing town.
3. The Amazon abounds
Peru has no fewer than three Amazon regions: the national parks and reserves around Iquitos; the Chachapoyas-Gocta-Kuelap circuit with its mummy museums, ruins and lofty waterfall and the Tambopata reserve. The latter is only a 30 minute flight from Cusco and has easy to get to lodges from economic to luxury class. All provide local cuisine, exploring activities, night hikes and a genuine jungle experience around the Madre de Dios River and Sandoval Lake.
Cuzco is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the America’s. It’s links to Inca and other pre-Columbian cultures are still tangible.
The temple of Coricancha was demolished by the Spanish in 1533 yet still stands. Beyond its history Cusco has many diversions and is the perfect ancient city to get lost in amongst its small streets, neighborhoods, shops, markets, small art galleries and hotels that were once convents. Cusco is an easy, safe city to get lost in.
5. Sacred Valley
The often overlooked Sacred Valley is the “in between”. You must pass through it from Cusco to get to Machu Picchu but it is worth spending time there to understand the bigger by the body of works left to us by the Incas. Pisaq, Moray, Chincheros, Ollantaytambo, glaciers, snow topped peaks above the Urubamba River below. Magnificent views, and wonderful places to stop for lunch.
Still producing huge amounts of food, grains and vegetables it’s easy to see why it is called the Sacred Valley that has fed its builders, engineers, runners, warriors and still the people to this day.
6. The sun was born there.
Andean folklore dictates that Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, which is why this huge body of water is considered so sacred. The largest lake in South America it is the highest navigable waterway in the world and is home to the Urubamba people, who live on floating islands made of reeds.
7. The beaches are exquisite
The chilly peaks of the Andes seem like a long way away from the scorching beaches of Peru’s northwest. Feted for its tropical climate and fine golden shores, the region of Piura is probably the top spot for beach bums who flock to resorts like Mancora. Rolling surf, crystalline waters and powdery sands keep visitors for longer than they planned.
8. It’s home to the Nazca Lines
These curious geoglyphs were etched into the desert sometime between 500 BC and AD 500. They depict living things such as a birds, animals and a strange-looking man known as ‘the astronaut’.
The sheer size of them and the fact that they can only properly be viewed from the air together make a visit to Nazca both awe-inspiring and mystifying. Small planes fly from the desert airfield nearby.
9. There’s an oasis
More reminiscent of Arabia than South America Huacachina is an oasis in southwest Peru. It is one of the prettiest most peaceful destinations in this corner of the country and a top spot for sandboarding and dune buggies.
10. There’s a new luxury sleeper train
Launching in May 2017, the Belmond Andean Explorer will be South America’s first luxury sleeper train. Chugging through one of the highest rail routes on the planet, it will offer passengers a unique vantage point on Peru as it takes in sights such as Cusco, Lake Titicaca and Arequipa.
11. The culinary scene is exciting
Touted as one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations, Peru is best known for ceviche but it doesn’t end there with its extensive dishes from each region of the area. Lima is foremost in Peruvian cuisine but each area of Peru has its own dishes that are a fusion of the modern and traditional.
Often experimental but always with an eye traditional, local tastes whether it be on the desert coast, high Andes or the rainforest.
12. The pisco sours are plentiful.
Many tourists have enjoyed an evening of pisco sours. Lime juice, syrup, egg whites, a dash of Angostura bitters and fine pisco served over ice make a fine Peruvian cocktail and evening.
Pisco is a light to amber colored high proof spirit distilled from grapes and comes in all classes from economic to artesenal quality just like all spirits do.