So you want to go to Peru. You’ve heard the stories, seen the majestic llama photobombs at Machu Picchu- and now…you want in. Here are our Travel Expert’s top 5 things to do in Peru!
1.) Machu Picchu.This 15th century Incan Citadel nestled in the Andes Mountains of Peru is the crown Jewel of the Urumba Valley, and arguably of all of Peru. The sophisticated building techniques of fusing massive blocks (sans mortar) are reminiscent of other awe inspiring ancient mysteries, like the Pyramids of Giza or the Moai statues of Easter Island. The buildings are fascinating in that they were designed to resist earthquakes (hello, massive fault lines), and are astronomically aligned. Of all the things to do in Peru, this is the most important! Pro tip: Climb Huayna Picchu (Quechua for “Young Man”). A tough 90 minute scramble up a steep mountain rewards you with a beautiful view and a sense of accomplishment. 1,180 ft higher than it’s sibling Machu Picchu, this peak limits its hikers to 400 a day, so book online to guarantee your spot. There is a morning and an afternoon time slot. Check out this article from the Travel Channel on how to get to Machu Picchu. Or head on over with our awesome Tour Group from June 10-June 19, 2016! We have 6 spots left! [EDIT: Tour is full, contact us for future tours]
The capital of Peru, Lima provides perfect concoction of colonial history commingled with modern life. Meet Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro (well, at least his entombed remains), get in some shopping, and take a foodie tour around town.
3.) Cusco, Baby!
Of all the things to do in Peru? Fly to the top of the Andes to find beautiful, charming Cusco! Amazing monasteries, ruins, and cobblestoned squares await you in this fun and exciting mountain city. There are often many diverse and international tourists and backpackers that lend an air of excitement and discovery to your exploration of the town.
4.) Awana go to Awanakancha and Ollantaytambo
With a glowing 4.5/5 stars on trip advisor, Awana kancha is a place…awana go! (…get it!?) This is Alapaca aka Llama HEAVEN, with adorable llamas abound, great shopping bargains, and fascinating looks into the ancient weaving techniques still used by Peruvians today! Pick up some beautiful tapestries, then head down the valley road to Ollantaytambo to see some amazing ruins and examples of masonry!
5.) Lake Titicaca | A name and place you won’t easily forget
This is one of the more unique things to do in Peru. Sail to the lake’s unique islands, including the Uros Islands, which are made completely of reeds! The Inca’s were forced to create islands of reeds, and to live on the lake as the Incas encroached further into their territory. Then motorboat over to Taquile, where the islanders can still be seen donning Spanish style peasant garb, as the Spanish banned traditional Peruvian styles on the island when they conquered it in the 16th century.Peru has so much to offer, join us on our guided tour of Peru, to see all these places and more! June 9-21st 2016. $2199 For land. Tour led by Angelica. We hope your enjoyed our list of things to do in Peru, and see you there! [EDIT: TOUR FILLED. CONTACT US FOR ALTERNATIVE TOURS]
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