If you are a little bit of everything—a nature lover, a food enthusiast, an adventure seeker and also nurture an interest in history—then traveling to Peru is for you.
Natural lakes, mountains, rainforest and arid stretches…you name it and Peru has it. From its ruins from the Inca civilization and Pre-Inca times to the mysterious patterns spread across large stretches of land and countless museums and galleries, Peru’s attractions speak volumes about the past on a land which has hosted immigrants from all over the world.
Peru is much more than Machu Picchu, though the legendary citadel does stand apart in its own right. In this article, we list eleven good reasons for making Peru your next holiday destination.
1. Machu Picchu is Unforgettable
The citadel of Machu Picchu, which is a storehouse of ancient wonders, is universally regarded as Inca architecture at its finest. Machu Picchu has been deemed a world heritage site by UNESCO and ranks among the new seven wonders of the world. The Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu and the Inca Bridge bear testimony to the excellence that human perseverance and skills can achieve.
2. Lima is a Happening Destination
Lima has overcome its notoriety as a city with low safety standards. Museums, parks, wonderful food joints and adjacent historical sites make Lima one of the most happening places in South America.
3. The Food is Incredible
Peru is fast emerging as a leading gastronomical destination in the world, with its unique combination of traditional cuisines and modern trends in food and drink.
4. The Existence of Pre-Inca Archaeological Sites Like Chan Chan
If an overdose of Inca civilization bothers you, then the adobe city of Chan Chan is the place you need to visit. The capital of the pre-Inca Chimu Empire, Chan Chan bears traces of the daily life of an ancient time.
5. The Melting Pot of Cusco
This old and highly populated city is the hub where many a tour and trek takes off. The city itself is a tourist’s paradise with fascinating streets and excellent eateries.
6. The Undeniable Call of the Sacred Valley
This mountainous region not far away from Cusco is full of historical ruins. A trek down the valley is sure to give you a sense of connection with the past, instead of mere site-hopping.
7. The People Are So Friendly
Traveling across Peru, you will experience the rare opportunity to meet people who have been living in the region for centuries and have hardly been anywhere else. The hospitality of the Quechua people is bound to impress you.
8. The Amazon Rainforest
As you go along the Inca trail, the flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest will cast a spell on you. You will soon begin to appreciate the journey more than the destination.
9. Lake Titicaca is Where the Sun Was Born
This is commonly believed here, explaining why the lake is considered so sacred by the indigenous people. It’s a beautiful lake with reed islands inhabited by native communities.
10. The Enigmatic Nazca Lines
These etchings of living beings, like birds and man, on the desert beyond the city of Nazca date back to 500 BC. They are so extensive that they can only properly be viewed from above, preferably from choppers or airplanes.
11. Peru Has Beaches, Too
Beaches like the Red Beach (Playa Roja) in Paracas and those at Mancora on the North coast of Peru are always luring travelers to their shores.