Yes, we do! With the perfect blend of fascinating ruins, beautiful beaches and delectable food, Peru is a country with much to envy. If you plan to travel here, these are the 6 things we absolutely recommend!
#1 Trek Your Way To The Lost City Of Machu Picchu
Renowned as the Lost City of the Inca, Machu Picchu attracts thousands of history buffs, pilgrims and curious tourists every year. You can choose to explore the sacred temple or trek your way in hopes to benefit from the powerful energy rumoured to spring forth from the ruins. A trek through the magnificent Machu Picchu, sure is a visual treat for the eyes. It is not for nothing, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The staff i.e porters here are quite superstitious and hide shiny metal mirrors underneath to ward off ancient spirits when they have to sleep in their tents while on a trail.
Did You Know? Machu Picchu hosts a marathon every year. Participants race along the 26 mile Inca trail and the fastest time recorded is 3 hours and 26 minutes.
#2 Try Your Hand At Farming In Huchuy Qosqo
Want to explore the real country side of Peru? If yes, then you should definitely give farming at Huchuy Qosqo a try. To reach this mysterious archaeological site, you can either hike your way or plan a horseback trip along the Inca trail.
Did You Know? Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative and military center around Pisaq.
#3 Dip In The Hot Springs Of Aguas Calientes
After a long trek, a soak in the hot sulphurous waters (38- 46° C) of Aguas Calientes that emerge from the rocky subsoil may just be what you need.
Did You Know? ‘Aguas Calientes’ means hot water in Spanish. It was aptly named so thanks to the presence of the numerous hot springs around the area.
#4 Try Biking In The Mountains of Cusco
The scenic mountains of Cusco and its neighbouring valleys offer some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. Its terrain remains unbeaten for the quality, variety, ease of access and different ranges of difficulty.
Did You Know? You’ll need a minimum of 2-3 days to acclimatize yourself to high altitudes before you go mountain biking.
#5 Go Bird Watching In Amazon
No matter which time of the year you plan to go to Peru, the Amazon rainforest offers an unrivaled opportunity to spot birds you will probably not see anywhere else. From the black-crowned Night Heron, Speckled Chachalaca, Grey-headed Kite, Jabiru Stork to the Lesser Yellowlegs, the unique birds of Amazon will leave you amazed!
Did You Know? The Amazon rainforest is home to more species of animals and plants than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet!
#6 Explore The Local Artisan Market & Inca Ruins
Stunning views and a fabulous market await you at the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is home to attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. While you’re here, make sure to shop till you drop at the Pisac market which is world famous for its traditional artisans market. Jewellery, ceramics, alpaca woollens and traditional textiles are our top picks.
Did You Know? Tourists flock the Pisac market by the busload, on the official market days – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Fact File On Peru
Location: South America
Official Language: Spanish, Quechua
Currency: Nuevo Sol
Food & Drinks: Ceviche (The classic Peruvian seafood dish), Pisco Sour is the main drink
Time zone: UTC-5:00
Declared as one of the top 10 ‘megadiverse’ countries in the world, Peru is like a miniature continent in itself. So if you are an adventure seeker, a history admirer or a nature lover, Peru is the place to go! This country of wonders will certainly not disappoint!
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