Major Tourist Attractions:Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Saksaywaman, Paracas National Reserve, Municipal Palace of Liman
The envy of nearly all other travel destinations on the planet, Peru really is the tourism mecca. Offering visitors one of the widest range of travel opportunities, it's no wonder that Peru is one of the fastest growing tourism markets on the planet. And while the main draw might well be Machu Picchu, it's places like the ancient city of Cusco, the oasis of Huacachina, and the awe of the Colca Canyon that have people telling stories of Peru.
Peru is actually one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. About 70% of the various world climates exist in the country. Along the coast you'll find arid air, sand dunes, and warm temperatures. Along the stretches of high altitude sections of the Andes there is snow and glaciers that cling to the limestone mountains. Then, of course, there's also Peru's vast piece of the Amazon which spans all the way from the north where it borders Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, to the south and its border with Bolivia.
Beyond the geographical biodiversity of the country, Peru also has one of the richest histories in the new world. At the time of Pizarro's conquest of Peru, the Inca Empire held a territory as large as any in the world at the time. Cusco, one of the largest tourist draws in South America, was the old capital and still screams its past today. In the center square of Cusco, there is an ancient temple which the Inca destroyed and then built their own. Later, the Spanish built a church on top of them both. And, of course, next to the cathedral, there's a McDonald's dispensing ice cream and packing Big Macs into tiny boxes. The layers of the city are fascinating.
Such diversity means not only that visitors to Peru have a wide range of activities they can step into; it also means that though the country is touristy, everyone has a completely different experience. It should also be said that attempting to see the entire country is a fool's task. With so many perfect travel experiences scattered throughout, it would take a lifetime to truly gather them all.
Things to do in Peru:
- Hit the Surf of Mancora, Peru's premier surf town
- Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over the ancient ruins
- Watch the world's largest flying birds, the condors, soar overhead in the Colca Canyon
- Go on a dune buggy and sandboarding excursion from the oasis of Huacachina
- See ancient history at the Chan Chan ruins, the world's largest sand built city
- Climb mountains to glacier lakes in Huaraz
- Explore the rivers of the Amazon jungle in Iquitos or Puerto Maldanado
- See an “Ice Princess” in the beautiful city of Arequipa
- Watch penguins hop around the rocks of Islas Ballestas
Address: Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru