One of the most scenic countries in South America is Peru, and it can be found on the bucket list of many travelers. So, if you are planning on visiting Peru, here’s what you need to know before you go.
Peru is a beautiful country situated in the western region of South America. Travelers have always been drawn to it for backpacking, hiking, and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The food in Lima also attracts tourists from all over the world. Because of these factors, tourism has grown to be the third biggest industry in the country.
Apart from climbing to Machu Picchu, there are a lot of other interesting things to do here. You can experience the real Amazon, see rare wildlife, visit the Rainbow Mountain, and roam through the lost cities.
Top Places to See
Here’s the shortlist of places to consider for your visit, other than the obvious Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
1) Experience the True Amazon
Peru is the only country in the whole of South America where you can get a taste of every life form that resides in this great jungle.
The Amazon starts its journey in Carhuwasanta, Peru and then travels down the Andes and into the Amazon basin. Go deep into the jungle or take a boat through the river and experience the most bio-diverse environment on the planet.
2) Trek Through the Mountains
If you are an adventure junkie, then you won’t want to miss climbing the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Huayhuash for the ultimate mountaineering experience. The path is difficult, but the view from up there is worth the risk.
The trek from the Llanganuco to Santa Cruz called the Cordillera Blanca is a walk no one should miss. This beautiful trail follows a river that takes you upwards through unbelievable scenery. The view of the white rocky pyramid of Taulliraju is the ultimate prize for the hike.
Your visit to Peru would be incomplete if you didn’t plan to make it to the Montana De Siete Colores, or the Rainbow Mountain. Take a day trip to the southeast of Cusco in the Cordillera Vilcanota range and thank me later for the suggestion.
3) The Other Side of Cusco
After visiting the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, extend your stay for a couple of days. With a Boleto Turistico del Cusco pass, you can visit another 15 key historic sites and experience the secrets and charms of this colonial city.
4) The Lost City of Choquequirao
This place is even harder to reach than its cousin Machu Picchu, but The Lost City of Choquequirao has one of the most breathtaking sites in Peru.
It sits on top of a hill and surveys the enormous cloak of a dense jungle to the impressive peaks on the far side. Stay aware when climbing up the hill because you never know when you may come across some hidden Incan treasure.
5) Lake Titicaca
This lake is one of the top attractions for tourists and also happens to be the largest lake in South America.
There is a belief among the locals that Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. It is famous for its man-made islands of totora reeds that make up the floating homes of the Uros Indians.
Peru is fairly a cheap country to visit for backpackers. With a daily budget of $30 to $50, you will be able to cover your accommodation, food, transportation, and most attractions.
However, hiking to the Inca Trail will cost a little more than that. If you are willing to spend more than $200 a day, then you can stay, eat, and do whatever want and wherever you want to. Literally!
A Few Money-Saving Tips
If you are traveling on a budget, then this should help you. Try staying in small family-run hotels, eat set meals, and travel off-season.
July and August are the busiest times of the tourist season in Peru. January to April it stays wet, especially in the mountains, and many of the hill roads will be blocked.
Try to visit in May or September because this is when tourism is lowest, and the weather is still perfect. Use local buses or the rideshare apps like Uber instead of taxis.
Going on free walking tours is a great way to make sure that you don’t miss a spot to explore and save a few bucks at the same time. Booking tours at the last hour is also a clever way to save a few extra dimes on the trip.
Peru is the perfect place to go if you crave thrills and an adrenaline rush. And if you are visiting Peru, don’t forget to take lots of pictures to show off your great vacation!
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