Have you ever dreamed of putting on Harrison Ford’s hat in Indiana Jones and embarking on the epic adventures that he experienced in his movies: ancient temples surrounded by lavish jungles, trails that stretch for days amidst a scenery of endless green and wild life, and mysterious artifacts that can only be explained by extra-terrestrials that visited us during forgotten times. Well, you don’t need to dream about it any longer because it’s all real, and it’s in Peru.
If you’re a tourist looking for a relaxing, calm experience, then your best bet is to look somewhere else. Peru is about adventure; it’s about trekking mountains and touching the sky; it’s about discovering how tough you are and what you’re made of. Peru stands out amongst many countries because of its intensely diverse terrain: glaciated Andean peaks, endless coastal deserts, and humid rain forests in the Amazon. Tour Peru, and you’re sure to find monkeys swinging across beautiful canopies and sea lions looking to dive in front of your camera as you speed past them on a boat.
Arrive in Lima, Peru and you’ll instantly notice the smog, the chaotic driving conditions, and the gritty architecture that is not appealing to the eyes. The majority of adventure-seeking travelers instantly skip Lima for Cusco, the Amazon, or Lake Titicaca.
But if you take the chance to look past the rough exterior that Lima has, you’ll notice amazing pre-Columbian temples sitting right in the middle of the city. Take the time to explore Miraflores, Barranco, or “El Centro de Lima” and you’ll find beautiful beaches, a party-hard night life, and terrific city tours that take you inside-and-out of a beautiful culture.
Most importantly, Lima is known for having some of the most delicious restaurants in the world. Peruvian food is recognized as one of the best, and Lima has no shortage of high-end restaurants and cheap hole-in-the-wall restaurants that will make your stomach very happy.
The single greatest attraction for thrill-seekers and adventurers is Machu Picchu – one of the seven wonders of the world. The magnificent lost city of the Incas is considered to be one of the best-known archeological sites in the world, attracting 2,500 people daily during the peak tourism season.
The Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is perhaps the most famous hike in all of the world. It’s a life-changing experience for any traveler that is willing and able to endure the pain, exhaustion, and extreme weather conditions of the 4-day hike. But the pain is definitely worth it, as the awe-inspiring view of the mythical city of Machu Picchu comes into view on your last day of the hike. The experience will stay with you for a lifetime.
Lake Titicaca is a vibrant navy blue that will take your breath away. Across the beautiful landscape, you’ll find gemlike islands nestled on top of the water, agricultural fields where the native people tend their crops, and rolling hills with a backdrop of Bolivia’s highest mountain peaks. Lake Titicaca is peaceful in its serenity and feels “untouched” by the outside world.
The most popular islands for tourists are Uros, Amantani, and Taquile. Some regions in the area hold on to old traditions such as speaking the native South American language of Quechua.
Step out of your comfort zone and enter a wild place know as the Peruvian Amazon. Travelers immediately feel the blast of hot, humid tropical air as soon as they step off the plane. The Amazon is not for the delicate traveler, but if you brave the tough terrain, then you’ll experience a part of the world like no where else.
Peru focuses on maintaining its natural heritage for future generations; therefore, the part of the Amazon that is in Peru is virtually untouched, offering travelers a true jungle experience. The vast Amazon comprises 50% of the nation, yet only contains 5% of the population in Peru. Expect to see more wild animals than you’ve ever seen in your life.
Travelers receive a good mix of adventures across the three areas of the amazon: river life, jungle trekking, and animal spotting. Take the trip, face the challenge, and experience it for yourself.
At first glance, the desolate, hot, and arid flats of Nazca may puzzles travelers. “Why in the world do thousands of tourists travel to Nazca every year?”
The answer is one of Peru’s greatest mysterious and puzzling achievements: the Nazca Lines.
Travel to Nazca and take a flight across the hot sands to witness the lines carved into the stone by ancient Peruvian civilizations. The most puzzling of which is a man with a circle around his head, leading many to believe that the lines were carved to communicate with beings from another planet.