Booked your ticket to Peru and you are now trying to decide on what you want to see? Peru is one of the most diverse countries on the planet, filled with ancient history, natural beauty and three different zones each with its own fascinating attractions. Come, see the spectacular treasures of Peru, and take one of the many luxury Peru tours on offer.
This article is dedicated to what we feel are the best treasures that you must not miss on your once in a lifetime tour to Peru.
So here we go sit back, relax and enjoy what we feel are the best treasures of Peru.
Number 1. What is there to say the number one thing that anybody who visits Peru or in fact, South America is Machu Picchu. The UNESCO world heritage listed site is seven thousand feet above sea level high in the Andes Mountain range. This beautiful site features houses, temples, fountains and baths as well as agricultural terracing, some of which is still in use today. Visitors are amazed by the landscape and wonder how the Inca`s managed to build such a marvel on the side of a mountain. Machu Picchu is necessary see on any South American vacation.
Number 2. Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire, features a beautiful main square in the center of the city, also a UNESCO world heritage listed site it features many museums, temples, cobblestone streets and some of the most ornate churches anywhere in South America. Cusco is geared to tourism with many notable restaurants and bars to spend a fun night. Just outside the city are a series of ruins called Sacsaywayman, Qenqo, Tambo Mochay and Puka Pukara. These ruins will be included on a City tour or you can take a taxi from Cusco if you wish. Cusco is considered on the most important tourist destinations in South America.
Number 3. Still in the Cusco region is the Sacred Valley of the Inca´s. The valley is one of the most naturally beautiful places you will ever visit, with high Andean peaks, raging rivers and green terraced mountainsides, if you enjoy nature this valley will be a must see for you. Home to many wonderful Inca ancient sites such as Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, a visit to this wonderful place will stay with you forever. The Valley was the heart of the Inca Empire, where they produced their food and lived in peace for many years. Today many tourists visit the ruins and markets of the valley every year.
Number 4. On our list of fabulous luxury travel to Peru destinations is Lake Titicaca and the floating Uros Islands. This experience is unlike anything you will find elsewhere in the world. The lake itself is considered the birthplace of the sun god and is the largest lake in South America and the highest. The Uros islands are located on the lake just outside the town of Puno. The islands are made completely of tortilla reeds. The Uros people live a quiet life, living off the lake and tourism. Walking on the islands is an interesting experience as it feels like you are walking on a water bed, the islands attract many thousands of visitors a year, but this is an experience like no other, something not be missed.
Number 5. Not to be missed is the Colca Canyon, considered the deepest canyon in the world and is one of the most visited attractions in Peru. From the Cruz Del Condor lookout, you will get a good idea to the size of the canyon. From here, also you may have the marvelous experience off seeing the majestic Condor flying overhead. Here you will experience natural beauty and if you want, there are plenty of adventure activities to enjoy.
Number 6. They mysterious Nazca lines are on every bodies must see list when visiting Peru. These lines are one of the world´s great mysteries, nobody is completely sure as to why the lines were drawn and for what purpose they served or for that matter who built them, this mystery is still being investigated today.
Located in the dry Peruvian desert, the lines feature drawings of spiders, monkeys, lizards and even a space like creature called the astronaut. The only way to see the lines fully is by small aircraft. Tours can be purchased in the town of Nazca; these flights are a bit pricy and most include a tour the nearby Cemetery of Chauchilla.
Number 7. The white city of Arequipa is Peru´s second city, the city is constructed from a local stone, which is white in color. The city is in the Spanish Colonial style and has a pretty main plaza, which is generally filled with colorful flowers. The cities climate has a spring like feel for most of the year, making it a popular destination for both Peruvians and tourists. Arequipa is surrounded by three large volcanos making for some great scenery.
Number 8. For the nature lovers among you, you will have to go the Peruvian Amazon, There are many types of accommodation to enjoy from three stars budget to five star luxury, when you purchase a lodge general y included in the cost will be tours in the rainforest. One of the most popular things to do is a long jungle walk where you will see wildlife, your guide will explain all the benefits of the plants, and this is an interesting way to spend a few hours. The temperature will be hot and very sticky but a visit to the Amazon should be on every bodies list.
Number 9. On our list of musts sees in Peru is the Ballestas Islands and the Ica region. The Islands are home to many species of birds, you will notice the smell right away, and many colonies of sea lions. There are many boat tours to be purchased, but be warned they only leave in the morning. Not far from the Paracas national park, where the islands are located, is the town of Ica. Mostly noted for its wineries, Ica is the town close to the desert oasis of Huacachina, here you will have to put on your adventure shoes as there is Sandboarding and dune bugging to thrill, after which you can enjoy a dip in the lake of the desert oasis.
Number 10. Finally yet importantly, is the capital of Peru, Lima. These days Lima is recognized as the food capital of South America, and that is not wrong the choice of food is endless. There is also much to do in Lima; the historical center is worth a visit as are the modern coast districts of Miraflores and Barranco. Lima has something for everybody.
That completes our list of the ten spectacular treasures of Peru, things you need to do and see in Peru. Whether it be a luxury trip to Machu Picchu or a flight over the Nazca lines, Peru will not fail to please.