November 12, 2012
Let’s face it, Peru is an incredibly diverse country. The idea of simply traveling to a destination when you visit is unlikely, there are too many things to see and do. Of course, if wildlife and nature are your fancy, the Amazon rainforest will be at the top of the list. Here are some other places we recommend every traveler stops and visits during his travels in Peru.
The starting point for most people traveling in Peru, Lima is the capital of the nation and the country’s largest city. For people more interested in connecting with nature, a great city like this can be daunting, but definitely recommend you take the time to explore a bit. Lima is a beautiful coastal city in the Pacific Ocean, and like most travelers choose to stay in the district of Miraflores, the sea is nearby. Take a stroll through the Parque del Amor (Love Park) with beautiful sidewalks and bike paths along the cliffs over the ocean. On a sunny day, the views are beautiful. After an afternoon of sightseeing, the Parque del Amor is the perfect place to sit at one of the many benches to enjoy a beautiful sunset place.
Apart from the coast, Lima is well known for its gastronomy. The seafood is always fresh and there is a Japanese influence, Chinese in Lima. This influence means that you will be able to find some fantastic restaurants merger. One of the highlights of visiting the capital is the food, I definitely recommend that you take a couple of days to try the different cuisines of the city has to offer.
Visit to Cusco, Peru Cusco
Image the ancient capital of Peru, the Inca capital, Cusco is a beautiful city located in a valley surrounded by the Andes mountains. Almost 3400 meters, the height is the first thing travelers will notice. Trips to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Sacred Valley and usually start with a stay in Cusco. There are a variety of restaurants to taste the delicious cuisine. Over restaurants, it is an incredible architecture. Many of the foundations of buildings in Cusco are made with the original stones and rocks built by the Incas hundred years ago. Inca accuracy and design is amazing and the cobbled streets are everywhere make this a really lovely city. Take a day trip outside the city to visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, believed to be an Inca fortress. This will be their first introduction to the huge stones and ruins built by the Incas and also offer a breathtaking view of the entire city of Cusco.
Puno and Lake Titicaca
Image 3Muchas people think that the Incas were the only natives of the Peruvian Andes, that is, until you return to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful floating islands Uros and learn about the Uru people, a pre Inca civilization located on the border of Peru and Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is the highest in the world and in terms of volume, the largest lake in South America navigable lake.
Several tours are available to Lake Titicaca, usually visit the island of Uros, the floating islands of the lake is famous, also, there are other islands that can be visited in order to learn more about local indigenous peoples. Some agencies offer homestays that allow you to stay with a local family and so see people URO life.
The south coast south of Lima offers a totally unique and different from Peru perspective. Here, as you drive south along the Panamerican highway, you will see how vast the desert really is. Although Lima is considered a desert, the desert of Ica and Nazca is much wider and an incredible contrast to the mountains and jungle of Peru. This area is best known for the mysterious Nazca Lines, a series of petroglyphs only visible by air, and some of the highest peaks in the area. Nobody really knows why or what is the meaning of these lines, but many people have theories ranging from immigration, to a means of communication with the gods.
A lesser-known but equally interesting desert to visit Ica and Huacachina region. Ica is located north of Nazca, and is a very popular and pisco-producing region of wine. Some of the most famous wineries of Peru are found here. Near the vineyards, there is a small oasis in the desert located in Ica called Huacachina, a great place to spend a few days. You can relax and spend time visiting wineries in this area, or for the more adventurous, why not join one of the many sand buggy tours. These tours take travelers up on the sand dunes in the desert of Ica and give everyone the opportunity to try sandboarding on massive sand dunes. This is a very exciting way to experience the wilderness.
Peru may seem a small country, but once they are here, they realize how diverse the region. From Amazon rain forest, the mountains of the Andes to the coast and the desert, there are so many different ecosystems, climates and regions vary greatly from one place to another. For a real taste of what Peru has to offer, try to combine the Amazon jungle with none of the above suggestions.
Check out our recommended Manu visits here.