Peru, most famously known as the Land of the Incas, is truly a privileged destination boasting a plethora of tourist attractions. From the coast to the high mountains of the Andes, Peru offers something for everyone with plenty of opportunities for those interested in history, culture, archaeology, nature, adventure and soft-adventure tours.
The country mixes ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition with a modern feel, especially in the capital city, Lima. Lima, the most common entry point to the country, offers visitors the opportunity to dive into Peru’s colonial past in the city’s historic center. The city also boasts excellent accommodation options and some of South America’s best cuisine.
The most popular tourist spot in Peru has to be Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire of Tahuantinsuyo, is the Archaeological Capital of the Americas, and for good reason. Inca walls still line the streets in Cusco while the nearby ruins provide guests with an initial taste of Inca archaeology! From Cusco, visitors can explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to quaint indigenous villages and important Inca archaeological remains, before continuing on to Machu Picchu. Cusco and the Sacred Valley are also the starting points for a number of treks to Machu Picchu, some of the most popular adventure tours on the continent.
Beyond Cusco and Machu Picchu, however, Peru also offers incredible ecotourism opportunities in the Amazon Jungle with access from both the northern town of Iquitos, and Puerto Maldonado, located just a short flight from Cusco. Close to 20% of the world’s birds and 10% of the world’s reptiles all live in Peru, not to mention larger mammals. Peru has converted 13% of its territory in Protected Natural Areas, most of which are in the Amazon, the most bio-diverse place on earth. Tours typically include transportation, lodge accommodation, meals and daily excursions in the Amazon.
Puno and Lake Titicaca are other important tourist destinations in Peru. Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, bridges Peru and Bolivia and serves as a great connector for tours including both countries. Lake Titicaca is also considered to be the birthplace of the Inca culture, according to ancient Inca lore.
Arequipa, known as the White City thanks to the color of the buildings in the colonial center, is an interesting historical stop and also serves as jumping off point for excursions and overnight trips to the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world.
South of Lima, visitors can enjoy life on the coast with excellent accommodation options in Paracas. From Paracas, visitors can fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines, strange rock formations in the shape of numerous animals that can only be seen from the air. The Nazca Lines are named after the pre-Inca culture that is believed to have constructed the formations.
Peru’s tourism market is rapidly expanding north of Lima with the relatively recent discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, an ancient ruler and warlord of the pre-Inca Moche culture. Tour packages are typically archaeologically centric and include time in the coastal cities of Chiclayo and Trujillo.
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