When most people think of Peru, it’s the amazing Machu Picchu which comes to mind. With its incredible history it is one of the top countries to visit in the world, never mind just in South America. Book today with Encounters Travel, here’s a list of the top must dothings to do in Peru.
Topping the list has to be Machu Picchu. Thousands upon thousands of travellers go to Peru every year to visit the world famous Incan city and complete the famous Inca hike. Set in the middle of a tropical rain forest between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon basin, the home of the Inca civilisation is certainly impressive. Built in the 15th century, the amazing civilisation is one of the 7 wonders of the world and definitely the top place to visit in Peru.
Known as being the City of Kings, Lima is the capital of Peru and an exciting metropolis to visit. Like no other city on earth you will be entranced by Lima’s charms. The contrast of ancient architecture and modern city is startling and makes the trip a once in a lifetime experience combining the colonial history and modern day cosmopolitan city experience. The culture is authentic Latin American so there is an abundance of new delicacies and traditional beverages to be sampled.
Iquitos is an amazing city to visit and a rare one at that as you cannot travel there by road. Nestled in the Amazonian region of Peru, it’s the perfect place to spot some amazing wildlife and experience breath-taking boat trips down the Amazon River. Be sure to take a trip to the Butterfly farm and visit the Amazon animal orphanage.
If you want to see the ocean and spend some time on the beach Mancora is the place to do so. Situated on the pacific coast of Peru it is the ultimate surfing destination with an amazing chilled out vibe. It’s often populated with weary travellers who stop there on the South America backpacker trail and hence has a lovely laidback atmosphere.
As the gateway to Machu Picchu, Cuzco is definitely a must see city. A city entrenched in ancient heritage, it’s a definite stop for history lovers and travellers alike. It’s considered the archaeological capital with plenty of building and monuments to visit but be prepared for the garish influx of modern consumerism which is beginning to take over.