The mysterious country of Peru in South America offers plenty to explore and enjoy by way of abundant natural beauty, mysterious historical sites, some of the best world cuisines, and plenty of adventurous prospects. The country literally has something for every kind of traveller. There are some great attractions for families, equally attractive things to do for solo travellers, and also amazing sights and activities for couples. Listed below are some vacation ideas for you from the ‘Land of the Incas’.
Nature Lover’s Paradise
Peru has varied landscapes and abundant natural beauty. It ranks among one of the world’s 10 mega-diverse countries. The country is well known for the world famous Andes mountainous range, lush Amazon rainforests, lagoons, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, canyons, and valleys. Naturally, these lush surroundings are home to diverse wildlife. Nature lovers will be completely in their element as they enjoy plenty of scenic beauty and spot jaguars and other exotic animals. Peru’s well-preserved and protected natural areas including the Huascarán National Park, Manu National Park, and The Titicaca National Reserve are great places to engage in bird watching and orchid spotting.
Haven for Adventure Seekers
The sheer variety of landscapes makes a Peru a haven for thrill seekers. The country has been a favourite place for adventure activities with travellers. Enjoy sandboarding in the coastal sand dunes and trek across mountain ranges and forest trails, including the world famous Inca Trail. Also, surf in the beaches of Cabo Blanco, Lobitos, and Chicama or go kayaking in the waters of the River Cañete in Lunahuaná – when it comes to outdoor adventures you will be spoilt for choice!
Unique Place for History Buffs
Travellers interested in history and ancient civilisations will find the country to be an archaeological gem. Explore the remnants of some of the oldest civilizations on earth for a glimpse into its powerful history. Discover the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is an Inca citadel located atop the Inca hill. The Machu Picchu is one of the seven New Wonders of the World. Explore the Chavín de Huántar, which is an archaeological complex with 3000 year old stone temples and sculptures. Get amazed as you explore the largest mud-brick settlement of pre-Hispanic America at the Chan Chan, which contains pyramid-shaped temples and palaces. Or, discover the beauty of the world famous Nasca lines and geoglyphs drawn on land in the vast desert area of Nazca and Jumana. These are best observed from small airplanes.
In addition to the ancient, natural, and adventurous experiences offered by Peru, travellers will also be mystified by the contemporary culture of the country. The city of Lima is cosmopolitan with many world-class shopping, art, and dining avenues. Enjoy the famous cuisine, hip nightlife, and vibrant cultural festivals held here. Visit the Magic Water Circuit at P. de la Reserva to see a beautiful colourful show of three monumental water fountains and explore the Main Presbyterian Cemetery on guided night tours.