Exotic jungles, coastal deserts, spectacular mountains and renowned Machu Pichhu; Peru has more arsenals in its armoury than you think. The travellers get astounded to know its historical, cultural, natural and adventurous offerings and it is what makes it a destination with a difference. So where you are visiting its cities, climbing its mountains, savouring its delicacies or exploring its ruins; the destination called Peru blesses you with some of the best moments of your life as there is no aroma of dullness in the environment here. The increasing popularity of Peru as a destination can be seen in increasing demand for flights to Peru. But as this country has so much to offer here we give a lowdown on top activities in Peru. So embark on a Peruvian odyssey.
Get amazed at Amazon Rainforest
With second largest share of Amazon Rainforest the country is a treat for everyone who wants to get a feel of Amazon. Its unique ecosystem in association to the mighty Andean Mountain range and Pacific Ocean leaves an everlasting impression on the minds of people. Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado are major points to get entry into the Peruvian side of the Amazon Basin. The tourists are advised to fly to both these region given its bad road conditions. It is otherworldly to hear chirping of birds and howling of monkey seeking refuge under thatched roof during your trip.
Hike the Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon would be great delight for hikers visiting Peru. But if you are hiking is not your cup of tea then you can savour the beauty of Canyon. The canyon which is twice the depth of Grand Canyon is one of the most visited attractions in Peru. The area is also well known for high concentration of Andean Condor which is a giant bird with largest wingspan. Overnight sightseeing tours from Arequipa is also available.
Visit the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca
One of famous lakes in the world Lake Titicaca is popular for its floating reed islands. The islands are inhabited by the Uros tribe that backs to the Incan civilization. The islands are highly popular among guests as it gives a peek into the life of aborigines. To get there tourists should take a bus from Cusco to Puno or from Arequipa.
Plan a trip to Nazca Lines
Situated in the Nazca Desert plains, the Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs with a great following among visitors. Several theories regarding creation of geoglyphs but its authenticity are doubtful. Flights are most convenient ways to get there that can be easily available from Lima, Ica.
Visiting sand dunes in Huacachina
Situated on the outskirts of Ica, Huacachina is nestled around a small natural lake and surrounded by sand dunes from all sides. A large number of locals and foreigners frequent this place for a great sand boarding experience.
Surfing in Mancora
In addition to its myriad offerings, surfing is a major draw card for travellers visiting Peru. And there is no better place to do it then the beach town of Mancora which is replete with spectacular beaches and great atmosphere. If you love playing with waves then Mancora is a great place for you. Falling along the Pan-American Highway the place is highly popular among locals as well as foreigners.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Machu Picchu may be a tourists’ favourite but no history buff should forget to explore the sacred Valley that holds a great socio-cultural importance. Spread along the Urubamba River from Pisac to Ollantaytambo, the regions is great place to explore given its great architecture and lush landscape.
Wildlife of the Ballestas Islands
Sampling the wildlife of Ballestas Islands could be one of a kind experience as it is called the Galapagos Islands of Peru, given its large animal diversity. Here one can spot a large number of avian species that includes pelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and Inca terns. Sea lions, turtles, dolphins, and whales are other commonly found animal species here.
Lima and its draw cards
Lima the capital of Peru is frequented by tourists with varying interest. Besides being a jumping off point for tours to other places, Lima is a destination in its own right. The city is rich with historical and cultural attractions and on your visit you will come across landmarks museums cathedral shopping hubs and eating joints. A visit to Miraflores will give beautiful view of pacific oceans.
Trekking the Cordillera Blanca in Huaraz
A popular trekking destination in north-central Peru, Huaraz is a jumping off point to the Cordillera Blanca, the highest Andean peak in Peru which boasts of snow capped peaks glaciers every year thousands arrive here in pursuit of trekking and climbing.