11 Best Places To Visit In Peru

Are you struggling to find the best places abroad for holidays? Go through this article and you'll get a quick guide for planning your trip to Peru. Peru is one of the best places to visit in South America. It has beautiful beaches, islands, mountains, desert, colonial cities, rainforests, and ancient ruins. There is much more things to do in Peru besides visiting Machu Picchu.

Peru is much more than Machu Picchu, so don't limit yourself to Cusco, but plan a three-week itinerary through Peru from Lima all the way to Cusco.

Peru is one of the most diverse countries in South America. Peru is ideal for a holiday in December, especially if you're planning for a trip for its impressive coastline. Popular beach stretches include Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra and El Silencio. Peru is ideal for those who love the surf and sand, but also has a lot to offer to those who wish to explore the Amazon.

Peru, the land of the Incas and the conquerors! Peru is a true center of history, traditions preserved as nowhere and an impressive nature. House of the great Incas, a nation that has conquered an entire continent, the center of Spanish rule in the New World, small communities who live their lives peacefully as if time had stopped, desert, canyons, incurable mountains or dense jungle. All are in Peru, a country as a whole world!

Peru is one of the cheapest travel places and most popular destinations in South America. It is a land that has history, ancient heritage which attracts visitors over the world. Peru is a destination that can be explored at the cheapest package price. You can visit Peru for a day trip for 350 USD.

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Here we will brief you on the best places to visit in Peru so that you can plan your holidays for wandering Peru to get an exciting, adventurous experience.

1. Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is surrounded by beautiful valleys, rivers with desert belts facing the pacific ocean. Staying in the Miraflores district of Lima is a better choice for any traveler as there are food markets, bars, shops, and attire stores directly at your doorstep. In case you wish for a sassy place to stay, Barranco would make you happy with its microbreweries, classic architecture, and impressive artworks.

If you are fond of cats, you must not miss a chance to visit Kennedy Park. A perfect paradise for cat lovers. If you are looking for cool places for couples, Lovers Park is the best park. Spend a great time with your better half in this park. Exploring Lima takes almost 2-3 days; there are numerous different things you can do in Lima, for example, a dazzling bicycle visit or a walk around the Malecon coast.

Lima, the largest city in Peru, will surely make your first stay memorable, regardless of any place you choose. The landscape is incredible; seashores covering the coastline, surfers of Cabo Blanco, drinks at Los Positas, and much more exciting things to spend your vacay time lavishly.

Lima has abundant accommodation, including 320 hostels and hotels in total. Prices are affordable for any traveler; it starts with £5 and goes up to £500 for each night's stay, including free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Therefore, one can easily find a spot suitable to their budget in Lima.

Hostel Kokopelli is good in terms of the size of the room with an attached balcony. However, for luxurious facilities, one can go with the other options like Pool Paradise. Miraflores, JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Casa Republica Barranco, etc., are well-known hotels for a lavish stay in Lima.

Food is also big in Peru, probably having the most developed gastronomy in South America, with unique spices, and dishes, including ceviche (oh so delicious ceviche), lomo saltado. Quinoa is a common breakfast found on the streets of Lima in the mornings. Recipes with coca leaves are well known in Lima; mind that coca leaves don't have any traits of cocaine. This flavor is seen in sweets, cocktails, tea, etc. Pisco sour is the classic cocktail of Lima.

2. Cusco

You will be shocked for sure by witnessing the elegance of Cusco. One who visits Peru never fails to visit Cusco. Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek is one of the best routes that exist in Peru. The Vilcabamba region is located Northwest of Cusco, in the La Convencion province, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes.

The first stop is the impressive ruin of Choquequirao, known as the sister city of Machu Picchu and recently ranked as one of the 20 best travel destinations by National Geographic. The site rises over the rivers Río Blanco and Apurimac, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Along the way you can observe the snow-covered peaks of Padriyoc and Wayna Cachora. In Capuliyoc, you will be able to see condors before starting to descend through the Apurímac Canyon.

If you have time then you can visit Rainbow Mountain for hiking.

Vinicunca, also known as the Rainbow Mountain, is a mountain in Andes Peru with an altitude of 5200 m above sea level. Rainbow mountain is the perfect example of an illusion in the real world; it's hard to believe until you see it through your naked eyes. The mountain with different color hues shades seven colors of the rainbow, an absolutely fantastic piece of nature's art.

Earlier, this place was not a tourist place, since a few years back, it became a famous spot in Peru for every traveler. Then there are the obvious hikes to Macchu Picchu around Cusco which are steeped with ancient ruins and various landscapes ranging from jungles, to snow clad mountains, to desert(ish) areas.

There are a few adorable hotels to stay in Cusco. The Belmond Hotel Monasterio is exceptionally lovely, and the surrounding scenic beauty adds glory. Not too expensive, it starts as low as possible, like £23, and ends up to £450.

Other great options for stay can be JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, Novotel Cusco, etc. You can select the hotel as per your budget, Stay in Cusco is not too expensive; it'll set in your budget without any doubt.

3. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu has received the honor of being part of the seven wonders of the world. Trekking through the Inca Trail is the most thrilling adventure of your lifetime. It would be best if you availed passes for Machu Picchu; the government manages to share around 200 passes on each day. One must plan a trip to Peru well in advance (6 months before) to visit Machu Picchu. Know that this trek is not open in February.

Weather is unstable, unexpected rainfalls may occur (better to carry a raincoat for safety measures), and the temperature starts to decrease by evening. Keep your body hydrated and carry some coca leaves and some light yet healthy food; it will help you to stay fit and fine while trekking.

The trail of Inca may be the trek out of your comfort zone if you are not a regular traveler, but the peace you get after reaching Machu Picchu is worth it. Prep your mindset for working with odds; you may not get a chance to bathe for 3-4 days. You have to live with no luxurious facilities, Keeping all worldly pleasures aside, live with the purest form of nature and collect joyful memories.

If you wish to catch the sunrise from Inti Punku, you must begin your trek late at night. Regardless of how many odds you go through, nothing will matter when you see the Machu Picchu. This heavenly place will soothe your mind, body, and soul. However, as some parts of Peru may be rainy during December, remember to pack clothes and gear accordingly, especially if you wish to go on hikes!

4. Huacachina

By Buggies, you can reach Huacachina, a place for endless parties. Huacachina is a little town with huge sand ridges. Ensure that you have some medicines when you feel dehydrated by over-drinking.

You can easily find a stay from $20 up to $229. Bananas Adventure Hostel Huacachina, Ecocamp Huacachina, Katari Hotel, etc., would be the best option for a luxurious stay in huacachina.

5. Huaraz

Peru is amazing for it's hiking, food and culture. Some of the best hiking trails can be found in the remote and high-altitude Coridillera Blancas in the town of Huaraz.

Santa Cruz trek is a popular 3 or 4 day trip with backpack on the shoulder through the heart of the impressive Cordillera Blanca of Peru and most travelers use Huaraz as a place to establish their base. The best time to do the Santa Cruz trek is from May to September, but if you go out of season, you are likely to see fewer people.

The classic Santa Cruz trek begins in Cashapampa and you walk towards Vaquería. The path to the beginning of the trail is spectacular when entering the Huascarán National Park, passing the Llanganuco lakes and ending the curves towards Portachuelo de Llanganuco. Along this road is also the starting point of Laguna 69.

6. Colca Canyon

In the south is the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, where you can witness giant Condors in flight (the national bird of Peru), and some majestic waterfalls. Many indigenous people still live in these areas and the culture of the Incan and Spanish history is ingrained in the architecture of many cities.

7. Urubamba

The town of Urubamba is a stopover in the heart of the Sacred Valley, essential for lovers of Inca history. Its position is strategic, on the banks of the sinuous Urubamba River, facing the snowy summit of Chicón and submerged in the valley full of greenery of the Incas.

8. Arequipa

First you have to get to the bus terminal in the city of Arequipa, from there trucks go to the town of Chivay. In Chivay you can find where to stay, eat or relax in the hot springs of the town, but the most important thing is that from here you can start the route of the viewpoints, reach the cross of the condor and other nearby towns.

9. Huanuco

There is a river, once believed to be a legend, only to be uncovered in the central Peruvian Amazon, appropriately called the Boiling River, because it’s constantly percolating all year round, with temperatures reaching as much as 93 degrees Celsius (a real oven of the wild)! It is located in the Mayantuyacu part of the Huanuco hill forest in Peru.

Shanay-timpishka is an ancient name that can be translated as boiling with the heat of the sun. Consequently, any animal that dares to venture in that area to drink eventually falls to its doom, suffering a most painful death, before having its remains washed up and petrified on the shore.

How this river became so hot is a mystery, with some believing that a fault-led hydrothermal feature is causing the river to reach such high temperatures, particularly when underground water is heating up before resurfacing through cracks and broken rock formations.

10. Reserva Nacional Tambopata

Not only do weird animals inhabit the Amazon jungle, but weird trees exist there too, such as Socratea exorrhiza, also known as the Walking Tree, a species of palm tree that can grow as much as 25 meters in height, and is held above the ground by bizarre, stilt-like roots.

To explain why these roots are formed so, two hypotheses came to light. One believed that the roots allowed the tree to stay above water when the forest flooded in the wet season. The other spoke of their ability to enable the palm in walking – to be precise. According to this theory, when the tree is knocked over, it will use its stilt roots to creep away from its initial location, and then upright itself while growing new roots and a new trunk.

Speaking of trees, the Amazon rainforest is a true land of giants, and one of its biggest is called La Lupuna, which can grow to up to 10 meters long, and contains a part of the trunk that is wider than the rest, making it resemble a human abdomen – this has led locals to believe that the hollow trunk hosts a spirit who acts as the jungle’s protector, and thus will take revenge upon anything who disrespects the trees.

11. Iquitos

A five-day boat trip around Amazon possibly will cost you around $3500 except airfare. Nevertheless, there is a possibility to chop down this mounting expense by getting in touch with locals in Iquitos, which is one of the biggest cities on the world that can't be reached via land.

You can cut down a huge amount through dealing with these locals whether you are set for a visit at Piranha Fishing Spots or go dolphin watching at the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve.

Other Things To Consider

One must plan a Peru trip in the months between May and October. In February, the Inca trek is closed. Know that the currency of Peru is Peruvian Nuevo Sol or soles. There is a limit for exchanging currency, and it's a wise option to be prepared before starting the trip. Now that you have a basic idea about Peru, you can explore the roots of Peru by following this blog.

Author Bio: Riddhi Ganatra is an online marketing consultant and outreach expert at Viss Beauty who loves to write and review fashion and beauty products. She spent more than three years as a content creator covering topics like online marketing, technology, motherhood, lifestyle, beauty, and more.
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