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8 Great Vacation Ideas

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Sep 11, 2017 2:09 AM

With so many unique places to see and things to do in Peru, it is easy to see why over 3 million visitors travel to Peru annually. Government officials hope to make tourism the second largest segment of money flowing into the country. Serving visitors in Peru provides more than 1.3 million local jobs. If you are thinking of traveling to Peru, then consider these eight unique vacation ideas in Peru. 

Cruise through the Amazon

The Nile is the second largest river in the world. Going on a Peru Amazon river cruise allows you to see wildlife along the river while receiving personal attention. The largest cruise ship holds just 44 passengers. Over 66 percent of all species of animals in the world call this area home. 

Explore Machu Picchu

The ruin city of Machu Picchu is one of the most dramatic scenes in the world. The city is surrounded by jungle-covered mountains with the Urubamba River flowing below. While the most popular time to visit Machu Picchu is between June and July, but you should consider other times to avoid the crowds.

Fly Over the Nazca Lines

Jump onboard a plane to see the Nazca Lines as the longest lines reach over 1,200 feet. There are over 70 animal and plant biomorphs drawn into the ground representing hummingbirds, monkeys and spiders. Archeologists suggest that these lines could have been made as early as 200 BC. There are also a number of geoglyphs made up of geometric shapes. The longest of these runs more than nine miles. No one is sure why the Nazca people constructed these lines, but people theorize that it was part of their religious worship practices. 

Hike in Cañon del Colca

The best way to explore Canon del Colca is on foot. While many people will choose to hire a guide, this hike can also be done without one. Stop at the Condor Viewing Area early in the morning on the first day when the birds will be most active. Throughout the two-day hike you will be amazed at the scenery.

Trek Along the Inca Trail

See 30 Inca ruins by hiking along the 26 mile Inca Trail. Most people take four days to hike this trail allowing them time to enjoy the lush jungles, over high passes and through alpine tundra. Marvel at the fact that most of the trail still runs along paths laid out by people over 3,000 years ago. You will feel accomplished after you climb over Dead Woman's Pass and the sights of the cloud forest is something you will never forget.

Tour Cusco

Visiting the ancient city of Cusco is an unforgettable experience. This city is often referred to as the architectural capital of the Americas. Originally established by Manco Capac in about 1200 AD, this city is a great place to people watch, dine out and visit important archaeological sites., There are many sites worth visiting including:

  • Koricancha Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Popular Art
  • Museum of Regional History
  • Native Music and Dance Centre
  • Pachacutec Monument

Plan a Lake Titicaca Homestay

The highest navigable lake in the world is Lake Titicaca, and it offers a wonderful opportunity to play in the water. Consider taking a boat trip to visit some of the 70 Uros Floating Islands. Watch the historical re-enactment showing why these man-made islands were built. Consider expanding your stay here with a homestay allowing you to learn more about the Uros civilization that is older than the Inca civilization.

Take Photographs at Pisac's Market

While the Pisac Market can be a little touristy, it is a photographer's dream setting. The market is divided in two, so make your way to the area where the locals shop. Bright colorful textiles are seen in many different stalls. You will also encounter many native animals for sale and the local produce is remarkable. You will also want to eat while you are at the market as you will find a great selection of local foods. 

These Peru adventures allow you to see the best of the country. The great news is that they can easily be combined allowing you to explore many different parts of the country.

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