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:Apart from the obvious cultural experiences that the visit to Machu Picchu or the Nazca lines will give you, there are many more adventures to go on while doing tourism in Peru.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?Peruvian coffeeGetting 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”.[caption id="attachment_158837" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Credit: Wikipedia[/caption]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.Artisan workshopsYes, 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![caption id="attachment_158835" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Credit: Pxhere[/caption]Learn how to cook Peruvian foodAnother 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?[caption id="attachment_158838" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Credit: Max Pixel[/caption]Have an ayahuasca retreat in the jungleAyahuasca, a powerful, mind-altering brew is part of the Amazonian culture and you can have the experience yourself in a jungle retreat.[caption id="attachment_158836" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Credit: Wikimedia[/caption]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 AmazonPink dolphins live in the Peruvian Amazonian rivers and you can see them if you decide to go on a jungle cruise. These can range from simple small boats to luxurious cruises.[caption id="attachment_158839" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Credit: Wikimedia[/caption]Stay at an EcolodgeTrade 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.