What could be more exciting than the idea that you are leaving for a trip to Peru? Indeed, you will never regret your holiday in this South American country rich in culture and history, as it has all it takes to amaze you ... and at all levels.
Whether for its mountainous setting, towering sand dunes, remnants of ancient Inca cities, lush nature, intoxicating gastronomy, or friendly people, you'll find everything in Peru to help you get away from it all, and yet feel at home at the same time. Welcome to a world of adventure and wonder!
To help you plan your travel itinerary in Peru, let us suggest a few must-see's, including the places that rank among everybody's favourites.
Explore Machu Picchu
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient and most important Inca city in Peru, also known as the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in your life. Overflowing with traces of ancient pre-Columbian cities, such as the ruins, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is waiting to help you experience the most beautiful moments in any mountain setting.
During the excursion and the ascent of the mountain, which will take several days, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Inca cities, including exploring the Inca streets of Cuzco, the one-time capital of the Inca Empire, and, of course, once at the summit of mysterious Machu Picchu, atop a mountain located east of the Andes, you will discover that many secrets remain unsolved, even after so many years!
The city of Machu Picchu, including the archaeological site, is one of the most popular attractions of the country. This is a real must, so you absolutely cannot overlook it when choosing a trip to Peru.
Trekking in the Andes
If you like trekking, you can also opt for an excursion in the Andes, exploring canyons, snowy peaks, and tropical forests, all in the same trip!
For a number of days (depending on the tour you choose), you will have the opportunity to visit majestic landscapes and pitch your tent to cool down at strategic locations.
Colca Canyon, 3,400 metres deep, the Cordillera Blanca, one of the world's highest mountain ranges, and the Misti volcano, whose summit is 5,825 metres above sea level, are among the best sites to explore. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, these sites all have one thing in common: they will leave you with unforgettable memories of your trip to Peru.
Many companies offer tours in the Andes, so you will have lots of choices when booking your trip to Peru.
While hiking through the Andes, do not miss Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. Covering an area of 8,652 square kilometres, it is divided between Peru and Bolivia. At an altitude of 3,812 meters above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world!
The Pre-Columbian City of Chan Chan
In addition to Macchu Pichu, we can learn more about the history of the Incas by visiting the site of Chan Chan, largest pre-Columbian city in South America built entirely of earth and mud.
Composed of nine magnificent citadels, each defining a specific territory, the city was conquered by the Incas before the arrival of Europeans in America. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chan Chan is a must-see. On the somewhat eroded walls of the citadel, you can still see fish and bird-shaped symbols, carved by the Incas, whose meaning is still unknown today.
Explore the Exuberant Wildlife
As if that wasn't enough, in Peru, among the most bio-diverse countries in the world, thanks to its diverse climate, you will see some of the most beautiful and rarest animals on the planet, such as the spectacled bear, the Andean deer, the Andean fox, and – among its diverse and spectacular flora – the Puya Raimondi.
Peru has many protected natural parks, perfect for observing animals such as flamingos, llamas, ocelots, jaguars, and more. This is the case with the Huascaran National Park, located in the Cordillera Blanca. Ranked a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is a must-see!
Lima, the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”
If you are planning a trip to Peru, you'll definitely love Lima, the capital. With its spectacular monuments, including the Cathedral of Lima containing the mausoleum of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, its bewildering skyscrapers, and rich and imposing gastronomy, Lima, often called the gastronomic capital of America, will not leave you with a bitter aftertaste of your trip to Peru. We mean that literally, since its cuisine is succulent!
Taste a Peruvian Ceviche
Among the highlights of Peruvian cuisine is the ceviche, a delicious tangy marinade of cold seafood, which is served in many locations throughout the world, particularly in Latin America, including Mexico.
Served alone or with tortillas, ceviche is a real little treat that you will not be able to do without once you return from your trip to Peru!
Other typical Peruvian dishes must be tasted, such as adobo – a traditional pork dish with a sauce of various aromatic herbs, antichuchos – skewers of beef or prawns considered the most popular dish in the country, and carapulcra – a dried-potato soup, to name a few. As for the rest, you will undoubtedly have the opportunity to discover them during your trip to Peru. Have a great trip!