One of the most exciting countries to visit in the world right now is Peru. Until recently, Peru was never much of a sought after destination, but following the explosion of Peruvian cuisine on the international foodie scene, the world is starting to take note. Gastronomy aside, Peru has a great deal to offer visitors. From rainbow coloured mountains and animal infested jungles, Peru is a travellers dream but incase you need a little more convincing, here are 10 beautiful places to visit in Peru!
The Sacred Valley
High up in the Andes halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies The Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire. The valley which stretches for over 60km, is immersed in farmland, colonial villages and picturesque landscape.
A far cry from the mountains of the Andes is a different type of landscape all together. Surrounded by desert and sand dunes, Ica is the heart of the Peruvian Wine country and a must visit for wine aficionados! Wineries to add to your list include Tacama, Vista Alegre and El Catador.
Machu Picchu is at the top of many a travel bucket list but what’s rather surprising is that it’s even popular with locals! Dubbed as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu’s popularity shows no signs of wavering so visit sooner rather than later.
One of the most spectacular geological features in the world is Rainbow Mountain. Located in the Ausangate Mountain range, the hike to the mountain which is formed partly of colourful sediment, isn’t for the faint hearted. Lying at an altitude of 6,384 meters high, the return hike which takes between six and seven hours to complete, is challenging. A word of warning, do the hike with a tour guide and a reputable one at that. Also, avoid this trail during the rainy season or in bad weather as it could prove dangerous.
Bordering Peru and Bolivia lies Lake Titicaca, the most piercing lake you’ll clap eyes on. Sitting at 3,800 metres above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world and the largest lake in the whole of South America. It’s also widely regarded as the birthplace of the sun.
Adventurers will have no qualms about heading straight for Iquitos, one of two gateways into the Amazon jungle. This fascinating part of the world will see you cruising through the area on a river boat, whilst taking creepy crawlies head on.
Not everyone is familiar with Colca Canyon so, it may surprise you to hear that this canyon is actually twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! A blessing perhaps as the area is well preserved but a shame in other respects as few people have witnessed the beauty of the region first hand.
Carved into the Nazca desert in Southern Peru are the mysterious Nazca lines. According to legend, the Nazca lines were created between 500 BC and 500 AD. Thankfully the nature of the climate has meant that the lines have mostly been naturally preserved.
Aside from being blessed with mountains, rainforests, deserts and lakes, Peru is fortunate to border the Pacific Ocean, which means beautiful beaches all down the West coast of the country. Paracas is a firm favourite and offers guests an excellent selection of accommodation. If chilling by the beach gets a little much, take a break and visit the nearby Ballestas Islands and explore the national park.
The main historical hot spots in Lima can be visited in one day, so instead of staying in the capital, head to the outskirts of the city for a couple of nights in nearby Miraflores. This is the upper end of town and despite it being safer, there are some great hotels, it’s right by the sea and more importantly, you have a plethora of incredible Peruvian restaurants right on your doorstep – a win-win if you ask me!
As you can see, Peru is an exciting country to visit and has a great deal to offer travellers. There are so many more beautiful places to visit in Peru that I haven’t mentioned in this list for fear of making it too long. One thing is certain though, you will not be disappointed when you do venture over to Peru!
What did you think of my list of 10 Incredible Places To Visit in Peru and have you visited any of these places?