Peru is a gem in South America. The crown jewel is the Inca city of Machu Picchu, but it has also other unique sights to offer such as the Amazon, Colca Canyon and more.
The country is easy to travel and offers the ultimate journey for nature and culture lovers. There is still much to discover, more than you think …
The old traditions, the colonial buildings and the special cultures combined with the wildest landscapes with the Andes and the Amazon make Peru a fascinating destination.
For many travelers who go to Peru, or even South America, Machu Picchu is the highlight on their to-do list. This Inca city is one of the largest tourist attractions in the world. The beautiful architecture, with 250-million-year-old rocks in combination with the dark green wooded mountains and the Urubamba valleys in the background, make it the most famous landmark in Peru. One of the best ways to reach it is by hiking the Inca trail.
Many travelers travel immediately further and miss this beautiful city. A pity, because there is so much to see! The old colonial heart, Lima Centro, is of great cultural importance. It may not be as impressive as Valparaiso or Quito for example, but there is still plenty to see! Don't you like old buildings? Then go to the modern center of Miraflores, where most tourists stay. You also have the separate artists' neighborhood of Barranco, where you will find tradition and a lively atmosphere in addition to art. If you have had all those parts of the city, you can try one of the many activities such as paragliding or surfing. You won't get bored!
It is an unique city that is also called the Imperial City by locals. Every year thousands of tourists come to the city and this is not only due to the convenient location in relation to Machu Picchu, but also because of the beautiful city center. The historic center of Cusco is even on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the center you will find the central square, Plaza de Armas. There is a cathedral on this square that is definitely worth a visit. Furthermore, the square is fairly modern, since there are also many bars and restaurants.
Lake Titicaca, or 'Lago de Titicaca', located in the Andes Mountains, between Peru and Bolivia, is the largest lake in South America. It is a special place to visit. The lake has an area of ??no less than 8,340 square kilometers and is located at 3,812 meters above sea level. This makes this gigantic lake the highest lake in the world.
Colca Canyon is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Peru. The only difference is that the canyon in Peru is twice as deep as the gorge of the Grand Canyon in America. If you are in the area of ??Colca Canyon, for example for an excursion to Arequipa, it is definitely recommended to visit this nature reserve.
You can only get to Iquitos by boat or plane. This is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road. It is a prosperous, vibrant, jungle metropolis. It is certainly one of the most interesting cities in Peru with the jungle around the corner and bars and restaurants on the river. Old huts stand side by side with beautiful tiled mansions and small canoes share the water with colossal cruise ships.
Nazca is a nice and beautiful city to visit, but most tourists come to this town in Peru to admire the mysterious Nazca lines. The lines are large, mysterious and clear lines that form certain figures, such as animals and aliens. Nobody knows how the lines are made so precisely in the desert. That is why the lines are also called an alien phenomenon. The lines are also compared to Area 51 in the desert of the American Nevada, to which many tourists travel every year.
To be able to admire the Nazca lines in the high plains, it is best to go up in the air. At Nazca airport you can easily board a plane to admire the lines. You only have to pay a small amount for a plane trip with guide and of course with pilot.
Huayhuash Cordillera is a famous mountain range that you find in the Andes mountains in Peru. Most people who go here do this to make beautiful (and long) hikes here. Are you also a big fan of hiking and do you prefer to walk in the rough nature? Then this is the place to be