Peru is a wonderful country and I have been visited it more than 10 times by now. It’s the perfect escape especially in the cold Irish winters.
To help first time visitors I have put together this guide with 7 things that you have to do in this wonderful country.
I hope you will enjoy it!
1. Hike to Machu Picchu
Of course the highlight of your Peru trip is Machu Picchu. And in case you didn’t know, you can hike to this mystery city – using the famed Inca Trail. That to me is the only way to get there. Taking the train is for boring tour groups or lazy people.
This remarkable four-day trail is one of the world’s most prominent roads. You will pass by abandoned towns and fields planned as terraces on the Andean slants. However, be cautioned: the number of people on the trail is restricted. Check with the local web page to be sure about getting the correct paperwork.
2. Visit the Amazonas
Peru is the place the Amazon river starts it’s journey, in Carhuasanta to be exact, before starting it’s way down the Andes and into the Amazon basin on the opposite side of the continent. So Peru is the sole Latin American nation where you can encounter every one of this iconic rivers distinctive forms.
3. Eat the local food
From simmered guinea pigs (Cuy) to the world’s most unusual potatoes, Peru’s food isn’t for the weak stomach. But you will be heavily rewarded.
Cuy is Peru’s most infamous food. It is found in cities like Cusco and the Urubamba, and you should get off the beaten path and venture in the side alleys to get a more authentic experience.
4. Explore Lima
While most tourists gathers in towns such as Cuzco and Arequipa, the charm of the capital, Lima, are usually neglected. With coastline, mountains and wilderness just hours away from this capital, Lima offers reprieve and adventure contrasting the crazy stuff you will encounter along the famed gringo trail.
5. Check out the Condors
If you venture south you will encounter ice mummies, active volcanoes and the source of the Amazon river. In addition, you will discover one of the world’s most largest canyons, Colca, where giant condors rule the skies.
6. Date one of the Peruvian beauties
Peruvian girls are famed around the world for their beauty and sweet personalities. If you are a man visiting Peru, why don’t you take some time to go on a date with one of the local girls? You will be handsomely rewarded and maybe you will find the love of your life!
I recommend LatinAmericanCupid as the best place to find your girl. This is also where I found my wife Josephine.
7. Climb the mountains
The snow-clad pinnacles of the Cordillera will introduce you to the most difficult – and remote – mountaineering adventure on the planet. The trek to the base camp is sufficient for most people, however the views from here are just stunning.
That’s all folks. I hope this post was helpful. Check back for more information from your Peru expert Mel!
Until next time!