Peru is one of the best places on earth to go on holiday, not only is there much to see and do there is also some of the best food that you will ever eat. Peru is home to many ancient cultures that have left some very interesting artifacts and constructions that are available to visit and explore. So what are the best Peru tourist places to visit? There is no shortage of things to do in Peru and you should consider the Andean country on for your next vacation.
There is no shortage of luxury tours in Peru; the country has many fine hotels, trains and cruises that will not disappoint. When thinking of Peru you may not think of luxury but you will be surprised at the amount of luxury the country has to offer.
Available on any budget from luxury private tours Peru to the budget friendly there is something for everyone so let us go through some of the Peru tourist places that should go to on your vacation to Peru.
Number 1 Machu Picchu: No visit to Peru would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel is located near the city of Cusco, high in the Peruvian Andes an hour’s flight from Lima, the capital of Peru. From Cusco, either you can catch a train, of which there are many hikes to take. The magnificence of the Inca builders and the location will be something that will live with you forever.
Number 2 Sacred Valley: While you are in the Cusco area, spend some time in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley is full of some of the most natural beautiful places in Peru. The mountain peaks are spectacular and the valleys have raging rivers. The climate is mild which is what attracted the Inca to use the valley to grow most of their food. There are some fascinating Inca ruins to tour. The ruin at Pisaq located above the town has an interesting history and is worth a guided tour. Also located in the Valley is the fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Number 3 Cusco city: Just because it is a national treasure. The center of the city was the main Inca Plaza and was 3 times as big as what we see today. The city is full of if Inca foundations which the Spanish built their churches and houses on. The lovely stone streets are worth exploring, as there is plenty to see and do. Visit the many museums to get an idea of the history.
Number 4 Puno and Lake Titicaca: Lake Titicaca is one the highest lakes in the world and has an interesting history. The lake sparkles with the sun and the clear blue sky making it appear like a mirror. When you are in Puno, you must take a tour of the lake and visit the Uros Islands. These manmade islands are like nothing anywhere else, made by the Uros people hundreds of years ago with the reeds that grow in the lake.
Number 5 Arequipa: Is Peru’s second city and what a charming place it is. The city has a dry warm climate and is surrounded by three impressive volcanos. Arequipa is calmer than Lima and has a laid-back atmosphere.
Number 6 Colca Canyon: Not far from Arequipa is the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca is set among the high Andes, the height will literally astound you. Not only is the canyon the only attraction, daily the majestic Condors put on a show that is to be seen to be believed.
Number 7. The Capital of Lima: In recent years Lima has had a turnaround. These days most travelers spend at least a few days here. The food revolution draws people from all over the world wanting to try the famous cuisine. The city is a wonderful mix of old and new with the ancient city center and the modern beachside suburbs.
Number 8 Nazca: South of Lima, around 5 hours travel is the desert town of Nazca. This quaint little town depends totally on tourism. The main attraction is just out of town; the famous Nazca Lines are located in the desert and can be seen by small plane. The lines remain a mystery today as to who made the lines and for what reason. On a flight over the lines, you will see the monkey, lizard, and the spider to name a few.
Number 9 The Peruvian Jungle: The wonderfully natural Amazon Jungle in Peru. For those of you who love the jungle you cannot miss these areas. In the northern part of Peru is the city of Iquitos where the luxurious Amazon cruises leave. Close to Cusco is the area of Puerto Maldonado where you will find many jungle lodges where you can explore the Amazon with experienced jungle guides.
No article about Peru is complete without mentioning the Top 10 Best foods Peru. Not only should you experience the culture of Peru but also try the following to complete your trip
- Lomo Saltado, beef, tomatoes, onions and French fries
- Ceviche, raw fish marinated in lemon with corn and sweet potato
- Aji de Gallina, chicken with a creamy sauce
- Causa Rellno, pie of potato with either Chicken or Tuna
- Tamales, ground corn filled with either sweet or savory filling
- Cuy, oven roasted guinea pig
- Antichuccos, sold on most street corners, skewers of roasted beef heart
- Soaps, Peru has many varieties of Soups which you simply must try
- Piccarones, deep fried sweet potatoes with sweet syrup, sold by street vendors.
- Chiriuchu only sold in the festivals of Cusco, a plate of mixed food that is special to highlands regions of Peru.
So if you are planning a trip to Peru, try to include all the best of Peru and the try the delicious food.