Peru offers so many amazing, wonderful things! It is home to incredible natural beauty, a diverse culture, and delicious cuisine. For those looking to relax, there are many amazing activities. This guide will help you think about where and what to see in Peru. See Your Highest Truth to get more info.
The Big Three
1. Machu Picchu is, of course. This amazing new wonder of nature is not to be missed. It is a magical place, perched on the highest mountain imaginable and suspended in the cloud. Trek the Inca Trail, if possible. The experience will seem even more incredible if you work hard. 2011 marks 100 years of its scientific discovery. It’s an amazing time to visit. Vilcabamba, Sachsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu are all amazing examples of Inca architectures in extraordinary (but less well-known) locations.
2. Lake Titicaca. World’s highest navigable lake, this stunning area offers breathtaking scenery and even more amazing culture. The drive to Titicaca (or the stunning Andean Explorer train trip) takes you through spectacular high altiplano. You will be amazed at the Aegean Blue of the waters and the inventive people who created the floating islands of Uros. Taquile Island is home to gentle residents and scenic views. You should bring warm clothing as it is cold at this altitude all year.
3. Manu Biosphere Reserve. This area of Peruvian forest is extremely diverse and largely undeveloped. It is possible to see giant river otters, interact with caimans, and even observe toucans. Tribes who are completely dependent upon nature will meet you. You’ll even fish for voracious, vicious piranha! A fabulous jungle experience!
Second – Regional Recommendations
Peruvians often think of Peru as having three regions: La Costa or the coast, La Sierra (the Andes), and La Selva (“the jungle”). Each one offers so many opportunities for travelers!
1. La Costa. With the backdrop of the blue Pacific, there is so much to see and do.
2. La Sierra. La Sierra offers stunning scenery, tons Inca and ancient cultures, and a multitude of outdoor activities. Cusco and Sacred Valley, where you can see Machu Picchu and whitewater rafting. Do not forget to try the guinea porc!
3. La Selva. La Selva is the Peruvian Amazon. It is definitely a must-see for adventurers at heart! This year, the discovery of a lost tribe is actually a good thing!