From coastal desert to exotic jungle, the many incredible places you can visit in Peru means the potential for adventure is limitless. No matter if you’d like to paddle your way down the Amazon, swim with dolphins, trek the Inca Trail or maybe enjoy the amazing views from the Machu Picchu, this is a destination that’s going to fully reward your curiosity.
The vibrant Andean culture of Peru along with its beautiful highland towns have a mysterious power of beckoning tourists from around the world to come and experience for themselves the beauty of nature and even decipher some of the mysteries of human life.
Explore the Amazon Rainforest
Did you know that after Brazil, Peru ranks second as the country that has the largest amount of Amazon Rainforest? In fact, the forest covers up to sixty percent of the country, managing to create a diverse and unique ecosystem when combined with the mighty Pacific Ocean and Andean mountain range. If you want to enter the Amazon Basin, then you can easily do that either at Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos.
Given the fact the road infrastructure is rough, it’s best if you can fly to these places. In fact, when you’ll spend your first night here in a cabin, it’s going to be an experience you’re never going to forget. That’s because there’s something eerie, but at the same time peaceful about sleeping in the middle of one of the largest forests in the world while raindrops hit the cabin’s wooden roof and howler monkeys are heard chanting in the distance.
Hike the Colca Canyon
You may not be a hiker, but that doesn’t mean that you are allowed to miss seeing the beauty of Colca Canyon in person. This place not only has a breathtaking scenery, but it’s 2x as deep as the Grand Canyon. However, don’t expect the walls to be as dramatic or thick as those in the Grand Canyon. For bird lovers, this place is the home of the Andean Condor, a rare species of birds that is simply gigantic. With a wingspan of three point two meters, it’s easy to imagine just how majestic this bird actually is.
Booking overnight sightseeing or trekking tours can be easily done when you’re in Arequipa, which is the 2nd largest city in Peru. During your journey, you’ll pass through breathtaking patches of volcanic rock at altitudes as high as 16000 feet before descending into the lush and beautiful Colca Valley.
Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines
For a complete vacation in Peru, you absolutely need to visit the Nazca Lines. These are a series of extremely old geo-glyphs that range from geometric to wildlife designs. Even though a lot of research has been done in order to determine their meaning and origin, there is no conclusive answer offered to the public to this date. Regardless, this is certainly one of the strangest and most interesting places you should visit while in Peru. As expected, the best way to see them is by air, but make sure you plan accordingly since the planes are really small and a limited number of people can fit into on at a time. To book an airplane tour, you need to be either in Nazca, Ica or Lima.
Peru is a beautiful, yet mysterious vacation destination that you should certainly consider if you love ancient civilizations and natural attractions. Just make sure you get a guide here, since it’s going to be a lot easier to make the most of the time you spend here!