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What places should I visit in Peru with friends in January?

Have you ever dreamt about walking through Machu Picchu, overpassing the Peruvian sea, or meeting the wildlife in the amazing Peruvian rainforest? Some people ask themselves “why to visit Peru?” and many of them never know that this amazing country was internationally awarded by the World Travel Awards 2019 as the Best Culinary Destination in the World, Best Cultural Destination, and Machu Picchu, as the Best Tourist Attraction of South America. Now that you know that, you may want to travel and visit Peru, and that’s why here Cusco Peru Travel has some tips for you!

Weather in Peru

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One of the main points to consider for a trip to Peru is the weather, and it depends on which place you want to go to.

  • In the coast

On January, the coastal strip has warm weather between 79°F (26°C) and lows of 66°F (19°C); it means that you must go to the beach. In the coastal region, your must-visits are Lima, Paracas, and Arequipa.

  • In the Mountain Range

Nevertheless, after visiting the coastal region, you must travel to Cusco for walking around the historic streets, archaeological places and museums, feeling how the Sun God (in Quechua language Tayta Inti) increases your vibes; you can find this phenomenon even stronger in Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, and the Sacred Valley. Whereas, in the coastal region is too hot; in Cusco the weather highs around 66°F (19°C) and lows around 45°F (7°C). 

  • In the Rainforest 

On the other hand, in the Amazon rainforest, if you love keeping up wild animals, and nature or feel the adrenaline, you will enjoy this region; Puerto Maldonado tends to highs around 88° F (31°C) and lows around 72° F (22°C). The tropical rains usually occur in the afternoon with a downpour or thunderstorm. 

Activities and dishes you have to try if you visit Peru

Lima is the first place to explore Peru; go sightseeing around the City of the Kings’ Plaza Mayor, Museo de la Inquisición, Museo de Arte Italiano, Mercado Central, and Barrio Chino. These are the main attractions that you have to visit in the Peruvian capital. The main dish is Ceviche (the Peruvian main dish). You must try this delicious dish!

After staying in the “City of the Kings”, Paracas should be the next point of your trip. In this place, you will  find a beautiful island that is called “Islas Ballestas.” During the tour, you will see a variety of animals such as the South American sea lion, bottlenose dolphin, and Humboldt penguin; moreover, there are just about 3.7 million birds. Then, Nazca has to be included in your itinerary. The “Mysterious Nazca Lines” is your next point when you visit Peru, where the number of figures ascends to approximately 100. There are two alternatives for the sighting; one of them is by flying over a plane, and the other is by seeing from a viewpoint.

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The final tourist attraction in the coastal strip is Arequipa or the “White City”. It is enclosed by three volcanoes: Chanchani (19939 feet), Misti (19101 feet) and Pichu Pichu (18599 feet). However, the main attractions that you must visit during your trip to Arequipa are the impressive Colca Canyon and Valley. The main dishes are  Rocoto Relleno, Cuy Chactado (Guinea Pig), and Chupe de Camarones (River shrimp).

Finally but not least, when you visit Peru, you have to be in Cusco, you will see plenty of archaeological parks such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qoricancha, etc; even though all of them are important, the principal attraction in Cusco is Machu Picchu. Several times, we heard from some of our visitors that “You must visit Machu Picchu at least once in your life”, and it’s true! The main points you have to visit in the Historical Sanctuary are Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, Royal Tomb, and the Sacred Plaza, also the best way to enjoy this special place is by taking a Machu Picchu tour. Moreover, roast guinea pig (cuy) is the main dish in Cusco. 

Advantages to take a  Machu Picchu tour on January

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January is one of the best months to visit “The Lost City of the Incas”, because you will find this historical place extremely green and have more opportunities to enjoy the nature and see some wild animals such as Andean Bears, Llamas, and Vizcachas; also 400 Orchidaceae species. On the other hand, there are not many people inside and, consequently, you will have the chance to take a lot of pictures wherever and whenever you want. During this month, everything in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo is cheaper. In consequence, you will find more affordable prices in “Mercado de Artesanìas de Machu Picchu Pueblo” for some souvenirs to buy in Peru.

Where should I buy souvenirs in Peru?

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Cusco is the main point to find Peruvian souvenirs, specifically in San Pedro’s Market. Formerly, in the 18th century, the main market in Cusco was located in the Main Square, also in San Francisco Square. Nevertheless, the ex-major of Cusco, Manuel Frisancho, changed the place and the name of it (the first name of it was Frisancho’s market, now it’s San Pedro Market). San Pedro Market keeps in its walls a lot of history and Andean customs, since 1925. You will also hear plenty of Andean people speaking in Quechua (Inca’s main language), see Andean habitudes, smell organic products, native flowers, and typical food.

To conclude, many people don’t know how to plan a trip to Peru, or maybe just where to start, what places should visit or which dishes to try. As we mentioned before, in Peru, we have the best places to visit, the best food to try, and one of the best tourist attractions: Machu Picchu. So, what are you waiting for to come and visit Peru? Don’t hesitate, that, in Cusco Peru Travel, we can help you plan your whole next experience in Peru!

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