Peru is often synonymous with the misty peaks and crumbling ruins of Machu Picchu. However, there is so much more to Peru than simply this iconic Inca city… Deep valleys protect beautiful lakes and lagoons of the purest blue, villages and traditions that have been frozen in time, adorned with the quintessential native Peruvian clothing.
Here is our list of the Top 10 Authentic Experiences in Peru:
Hike the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. This ancient city is one of the highlights of Peruvian history and it is that one Inca city that was never discovered by the Spaniards. What makes this destination even more spectacular was that it remained hidden from the world until explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it in the year 1911.
Discover the Floating Islands of the Uros in Lake Titicaca
The traditional Floating Islands of the Uros are a group of handmade islands in Lake Titicaca and are a popular tourist attraction for the travellers who want to experience the real Peru. The islands are home to the indigenous Uros people who have built their houses, islands and boats from the tortora plant which grows along the banks of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest freshwater lake). Once there, you can also explore the wildlife of the area.
Hike the stunning Colca Canyon
The majestic Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The hike itself offers spectacular panorama views, diverse landscapes and a truly inspiring once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The Colca Canyon is also home to the famous Andean Condor, an enormous bird with the largest wingspan of any land bird, at 3.2 meters.
Visit the capital Lima
Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, the capital of Peru, Lima is sure to ignite your love for the Inca Country. Marvel at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs, then hit the Barranco district to get a feel for its bohemian ambience. A stroll over the Bridge of Sighs is also a must.
Experience the heart of the Inca Empire in the Sacred Valley
Visit a llama farm and marvel at the surroundings as you cross the famous Sacred Valley – you will notice the traditional Incan farming technique of terracing as well as the “salineras”, the so-called salt mines.
Explore traditional Cusco
Shop for artisan jewellery and woodworks, roam the cobblestone streets or just stroll the San Pedro markets eating cacao buds and sipping on coca leaf tea to experience the authentic culture of Cusco.
Fly over the Nazca Lines
Witness with your own eyes the mysterious Nazca Lines which keep intriguing even today the brightest scientists and archaeologists of the world. How were they formed? Were aliens involved? What ’s their purpose? In total there are over 800 straight lines and numerous geometric figures and animal and plant designs, which are best observed on a helicopter ride.
Explore the colourful Rainbow Mountain
Vinicunca, also called Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colours), is located in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru. The colourful mountain range offers a truly unique experience that highlights the diverse beauty of the Andes and is a perfect day trip from Cusco.
Surf the Huacachina Sand Dunes and discover its secret oasis
Channel your adventurous spirit and go sandboarding in the desert. Afterwards, visit the true Peruvian oasis in the heart of the Huacachina Sand Dunes. The village was built around a small natural lake and is now a popular adventure destination.
Discover the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest of Peru is the second largest in the world after Brazil and represents a unique opportunity for nature lovers to discover its abundant wildlife. It covers 60% of the country and combines the spirit of the Andean Mountains with the crystal waters of the Pacific Ocean. If you want to experience the real Peruvian spirit of the Amazon Rainforest, spend a few nights in a traditional Jungle Lodge.
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