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9 Reasons to Visit Peru

Vacationer Staff
Written by Vacationer Staff

Do you fancy somewhere a little different for your next vacation? Well, what about Peru? Our friends at Llama Trip can organise your whole itinerary, from accommodation to excursions. We’ve never been to Peru, so we asked them what are their nine best reasons why we should visit, and here’s what they had to say…

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY:

Peru is the proud owner of costa, sierra y selva — the three geographic regions of coast, highland, and jungle. Even during a short visit, Peru’s diversity is more than evident. A 14-hour bus ride can take you from the desert coast to the chilly heights of the Andean range, before plunging down into the vast Peruvian Amazon.

Amazon tours can take you even further into the jungle, or you can hop on a passenger ferry and head all the way to the coast of Brazil.

That is why we say Peru has all the climates of the world.

BEST CULINARY DESTINATION:

Peruvian cuisine is rapidly making its mark on the global culinary map and with good reason. Travelers can indulge in a wide variety of regional delights, including arguably the continent’s finest ceviche (raw seafood in a lime marinade), traditional specialties such as alpaca steak and roasted cuy (the infamous guinea pig), and tasty, leaf-wrapped Peruvian snacks like juanestamales, and humitas.

Peru has won 6 consecutive years the World’s Leading Culinary Destination Award by World Travel Awards.

MACHU PICHU

This seminal destination is probably what drives most people to visit Peru. Considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. This natural wonderland is home to over 200 bird species unique to the region and over 300 species of orchids. But the Inca ruins are not the only remains of ancient civilizations.

PRE-INCA CULTURES:

Machu Picchu may be the king of Peru’s ancient sites, but it’s certainly not the only jewel in Peru’s archaeological crown. A fine selection of fascinating ruins lies scattered around the old Inca capital of Cusco, while many cities have pre-Columbian constructions sitting nearby.

Highlights include the enigmatic Nazca Lines, the impressive Inca ruin of Saqsaywamán near Cusco, massive Moche ruins around Trujillo, ancient tombs near Chiclayo​ and the fortress of Kuelap near Chachapoyas.

In the north, you can find ancient civilizations in the city of Chan Chan (the biggest mud city of the world) , while at the south you can find interesting evidence of ancient cultures at the Lake Titicaca ( the highest navigable lake in the world) , the city of Puno and at the Nazca Lines.

TREKKER’S PARADISE:

Peru’s distinct environmental regions provide excellent trekking options for both experienced hikers and casual trekkers alike. There are plenty of trails to choose from, including multi-day slogs and one-day walks. Some of the most popular treks include the Inca Trail and alternative treks to Machu Picchu, like the Salkantay trek, high altitude Andean treks from Huaraz, the descent into Colca Canyon (the second deepest canyon in the world with 11,488 feet deep) near Arequipa, demanding alpine treks on the Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca, and multi-day treks into the Peruvian Amazon.

PERUVIAN AMAZON

The Peruvian Amazon covers about 60% of the country and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Get ready to get up close and personal with wildlife and creepy crawlers! Fun fact: the notorious anaconda calls these lands its home.

Peruvian Amazon host many national parks like Manu, Tingo Maria, Tambopata , Pacaya Samiria and more.

BIRD WATCHERS BEST DESTINATION

With eight national parks, eight national reserves and seven national sanctuaries, nature lovers have more than enough reasons to visit Peru.

Peru is one of the three most diverse countries for birds on Earth and stands at the top of the international birder’s agenda. Its varied geography and topography, and its wildernesses of so many different life zones, have endowed Peru with the greatest bio-diversity and a large density of birds.

About 1760 bird species occur in Peru (105 being endemic to the country) with many more being described as I write; that’s more than 50% of all Neotropical birds. For ornithologists, it doesn’t come more exciting than this – many species new to science have been discovered in Peru in recent years; some of them so new they have not yet been given scientific names.

The Andean condor is one of the world’s largest species of birds that can take flight, with a wingspan measuring up to three metres in length. This endangered species is an elusive character that chooses to stay in mostly mountainous or coastal areas where it can use the wind in order to stay in the air.

MYSTIC AND MAGICA PERU

Peru has a rich tradition of healers and spiritual advisors, from Andean curanderos to Amazonian shamans. You can take a spiritual journey with an ayahuasca ceremony, or maybe have a guinea pig rubdown to extract the impurities from your body.

At the same time, Peru has places that are considered as energy spots and earth chakras. the Lake Titicaca (SACRAL CHAKRA) is considered one of them.

Places considered as energy spots are: MACHU PICHU, NAZCA LINES, MARCAHUASI, CUSCO and more.

VIBRANT CULTURAL FESTIVALS

The Peruvian year is dotted with colorful festivals. During Semana Santa, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, religious processions block the streets with a fascinating blend of colonial and indigenous traditions.

Cusco celebrates the great Inca festival of Inti Raymi on June 24, making it a popular time to visit Peru and Machu Picchu. In the jungle, the same day marks the Festival of San Juan, a day of beer, wine, juanes, and relaxation along the riverbanks followed by an epic night of dancing.

Visit the Llama Trip website now and set out on a trip of a lifetime to Peru!

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