When I hear Peru, I think Incas and ceviche! I also think, hmmm pretty good idea for a vacation spot. In one country there is beautiful coastline, rugged mountains and rain forest, the only negative I can think of might be packing issues, I will have to bring my sun hat, my bug spray and my North Face puffy on one trip.
Recent surveys dictated that tourist looks for one of three things whenever they are looking for a travel destination: history and culture, scenic beauty, or nature. As far as these categories go, it’s only fair to say that Peru has them all.
Peru has been a popular tourist destination for the better part of the last century and continues to be so. If you’re in search of your next destination and are looking for one of the things mentioned above, then Peru is the right place for you. In the following sub-sections, we’ll look into why that is so.
A brief history of Peru
For history buffs, Peru is arguably one of the frontrunners in the race for the title of interesting history. Archaeologists and historians have dated settlements in the land known as Peru which go back to about, 11,000 years. Furthermore, several proofs of such settlements, such as hunting tools have been found recently as well.
In contemporary history, Peru served as the heart of the great Incan civilization. The region now known as Peru was the home of several generations of Incans and is the home for the ‘Lost City of the Incans’, famously referred to as ‘Macchu Picchu. ‘
Furthermore, Peru also has more vestiges for this time gone by, such as well-preserved excavation sites and old monuments. Later on, Peru went via a strict phase of colonization. After a few centuries of monarchy, Peru gained independence from Spain in 1821.
If you’re a history buff or are fascinated by events gone by, Peru can offer you the best of both worlds due to being a chief player in both ancient and contemporary history.
Scenic and natural beauty
Peru is one of the countries that the Andes run through, which are the largest continental mountain range in the world. This is why it’s safe to warrant that Peru has plenty of scenic and natural beauty that attracts tourists from around the world. With mountains surpassing the 6000m elevation barrier, Peru serves as a hub for mountaineers and alpinist alike.
Furthermore, Peru is also home to the Peru Amazonia, which is the region of the Amazon forest that resides within the boundaries of Peru. 60% of the company is occupied by this, which is also why Peru is very rich in flora and fauna and is also the home of exotic animals such as the Jaguar and the Llama. If you’re a biologist, or like being close to nature, Peru is an excellent vacation spot for you. There are several tourists’ spots and guides that can acquaint you with the countries’ scenic setting and show you the true beauty of Peru.
Things to do in Peru
As mentioned above, Peru has the potential to be your next favorite destination. Here are the top things that you should do in Peru!
Visit the capital
Listed in UNESCO’s draft for protected colonial towns, Lima is one of the most interesting cities to visit in Peru. Packed with colonial history, Lima is a blend of modernism fused with the countries deep ties with its past. This should be on the top of your list if you’re looking for a place where you don’t want to feel the ‘tourist buzz.’ You can also take local tours, which are free. All you have to do is just show up at Plaza Peru by the small fountain, at exact 12.30 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
If you want to explore the rich history of the Incan civilization, you can go via various trekking trails to the lost city of the Incans. You can either go with a group or have a guide escort. The latter, however, is a better option because they will entertain you along the way as well by sharing local legends and stories!
Get a feel of the Amazon
Boasting more than 1000 species of birds and 200 species of mammals, the Manu national park is perhaps one of the most densely packed and rich rainforests in the world. If you want to get close to nature and experience what it feels like to be truly free, you should opt for this. You can canoe down calm waterways, surrounded by nothing but greenery and forestry. Once done, you will be left in awe of the beauty of the Amazon.
Try the unique cuisine
Unbeknownst to many, Peru is also one of the most popular destinations in the world for food bloggers and aficionados. This can be confirmed due to the countries rich and unique cuisine. Since Peru has an agricultural history, the nation has always valued the importance and value of food as a social lubricant. It doesn’t matter where you go, you’ll always come across restaurants and places which serve something unique and new. If you’re up for it, Guinea Pig is a specialty in the southern region.
Chill with condors
The south of Peru is a hub for various volcanoes and canyons. One of them, Colca, which is also said to be one of the deepest in the world, is the home of condors. In Colca, condors are a common sight just like pigeons are a common sight in urban cities. For naturalists, this is a great way to marvel and juxtapose two of nature’s brilliant creation: the canyon which intimidates, and the condors who reside within.
Hike like there is no tomorrow!
Since Peru hosts the Andes, it’s safe to say there are plenty of tracks and hiking trails. If you like physical exercise and want to challenge yourself, you should to the amazing trek of the Cordillera Blanca which is from the Llanganuco to Santa Cruz.
Peru is a travel destination that you should visit at least once. The infrastructure and modes of transportation are on par with international standards. Hence, you won’t have to compromise on any standards or anything similar. Overall, Peru is one of the most interesting cities in the world, and we highly recommend it.