Planning a vacation, but not sure of the destination yet? Continue reading, and you’ll buy tickets to Peru as soon as you finish! Here are a few original reasons why you should choose Peru for your next trip:
Activities such as hiking the Inca Trail, visiting the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, dining in Lima, sandboarding in the desert or hiking the Colca Canyon are some of the most popular things to do. But, for a unique cultural experience, here are some ideas we’ve prepared just for you!
What Unique Experiences Can You Have While Traveling In Peru?
Getting to know the history of Peruvian coffee is one of them. To do this you need to get away from the cities and dive yourself into the agricultural regions where this grain is harvested.
You could, for example, visit the Peruvian Coffee route in Villa Rica Town also know as “ the land of the finest coffee in the world”.
If getting an insight about coffee and it’s production seduces you, choose from Chanchamayo, the Southern Highlands and San Ignacio and take a tour to a coffee farm. Not only will you see the coffee-harvesting process, but you can also buy some for a souvenir!
One of our team members did a two-day trip in the jungle where she visited a local community and learned about their traditions and how they grow coffee.
Yes, you will probably go back home from Peru with a woven “something” in your hands bought at a local artisan market. But, how about experiencing what goes behind closed doors in the artisans’ workshops?
You can arrange for private tours in artisan communities or drop in if you’re very interested in handcrafts. Also, if you pass by northern Peru, you should go find Peru’s best hand-crafted pieces in Catacaos!
Learn how to cook Peruvian food
Another great experience you can take home with you (and a very useful one if you want to impress your family and friends) is learning how to make some of the most popular Peruvian dishes.
In Lima, you can find venues that offer classic Peruvian cooking lessons and also more specialized menus from the Andes or seafood. However, if you don’t want to learn how to cook but still want to eat extremely good food, here are some of the best restaurants in Lima you absolutely should visit!
In cities like Cusco and Arequipa you can also find these lessons, and while you are in the learning mood, why not have a cocktail class as well and learn how to make the famous Peruvian Pisco Sour?
Have an ayahuasca retreat in the jungle
Ayahuasca, a powerful, mind-altering brew is part of the Amazonian culture and you can have the experience yourself in a jungle retreat.
Take into consideration that these retreats are for healing purposes, so you will probably be screened first to see if you are not just trying to get high.
Meet pink dolphins in the Amazon
Stay at an Ecolodge
Trade the comfy beds and air-conditioned rooms for an ecolodge in the mountains or jungle. This experience will allow you to fully understand the environment, flora and fauna of the region.
You can spot Amazon monkeys, pygmy marmosets and even black caimans!
Take a look at Inkaterra Guides Field Station, perfect ecolodge for travelers, scientists, volunteers, and students looking for a true conservation experience!
Are You Still Not Convinced?
Besides all of the “normal” adventures people seek in Peru and other more unique experiences you can have like we suggested above, any tourism you do in Peru will give you:
- The opportunity to visit ruins;
- Discover a foreign culture;
- Get a sense of achievement (like when hiking the Inca Trail);
- Fill your mind and soul with culture;
- Meet new people;
- Get rid of daily pressures;
- Enjoy art and crafts from artisans;
- Immerse yourself in a natural diversity environment;
- Eat delicious food;
- Bathe in beautiful beaches;
- Grow personally;
- And enjoy national drinks.
And, it’s not only us at Traveling and Living in Peru telling you why you should stop thinking about it and buy your ticket to Peru right away, others around the world think so too!
Last year, Peru received four awards at the World Travel Awards South America 2018: Best Culinary Destination in South America; Best Cultural Destination of South America; and Best Tourist Attraction in South America: Machu Picchu.
Also, earlier in 2018, Peru also won the prize for “Top Dream Destiny” in the Virtuoso Travel Dreams Tournament, after competing against other 16 countries.
And last, but not least, Peru was voted for the seventh consecutive time the “Best Culinary Destination in the World” at the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards. In this ceremony, the Inca land was also crowned “Best Tourist Attraction” for Machu Picchu.
By Ermelinda Maglione
Cover Photo Yulicondori