There's a sense of adventure in Peru - a touch of "Indiana Jones". This fascinating country is especially known for its indigenous cultures and well-preserved ruins, particular Machu Picchu. Apart from these wonders, Peru offers jungles, wildlife, sky-high mountains, deserts and much more. Buy your trip to Peru from KILROY!
Travelers journeying through South America are often surprised by Peru, the continent's third largest country. The main attraction is Machu Picchu, the greatest legacy of the famous and fascinating Incan culture. These stunning ruins will leave a lasting impression, as you will discover an ancient civilization that was so far beyond its time. After three days of hiking the famous Inca trail, the view of Machu Picchu at sunrise will overwhelm you with its divine beauty. These magical and mysterious ruins are situated high in the lush Andean mountains, so you feel as though you are standing on the doorstep to heaven.
Apart from Machu Picchu, you can easily spend a week or two visiting the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco. This area is quite fascinating, as it represents the indigenous culture that existed before the Spanish arrived to colonize South America.
Fortunately, there is so much more to see and do outside of Cuzco. From the Inca capital, you can easily travel to the city of Puno at Lake Titicaca, the world's highest lake and a very picturesque place. Out on the lake, locals live on floating "islands" made of reeds. You can also visit or stay with Indian families on the lake's 'real' islands. For the most part, people in this area live without modern conveniences, which makes for a truly different and unforgettable experience. After all, the ultimate adventures are to discover a different lifestyle and to embrace a new culture!
Another option from Cuzco is to book a flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Peruvian part of the Amazon Rainforest. This remote jungle city is a great starting point for an expedition into the Amazon. With a bit of luck, you will see colorful parrots and exotic animals, such as monkeys, wild boars, river dolphins, birds, spiders and snakes - so leave your phobias at home! Here in the Amazon, it is also highly recommended to hop on a riverboat and sail down the world's largest river. You will have a different point of view as you travel through the open water, surrounded by the lush, magical rainforest.
Unless you are travelling overland from Ecuador, Bolivia or Chile, your first acquaintance with Peru will most likely be in the capital of Lima. This metropolitan city is serviced by air from most European countries. Lima is a fascinating, confusing, and chaotic metropolis that you will sooner or later get tired of - but you should definitely experience it! From here, there are ample opportunities with variouis bus operators to travel south along the coast on the Pan American Highway. Hot tip: stop at the small town of Huacachina. It is a desert oasis with beautiful palm-lined lagoons and giant sand dunes. The dunes are perfect for a ride in an all terrain 'buggy' or even better - on a sand board. Yes, you can surf on the sand here! Superb entertainment.
If you continue your journey south through Peru, Nazca is an inevitable stop. This unique place attracts thousands of tourists and visionaries each year, thanks to the famous Nazca lines. These lines are man-made drawings in the sand, some of which are up to several kilometers in circumference. It is believed that the Nazca Indians drew these characters nearly 2,000 years ago and it has long been a mystery how they were made. The drawings depict everything from simple, straight lines to detailed figures like monkeys, spiders, sharks, and lizards. It is believed that these drawings were of religious significance.
If you continue south from Nazca, you will travel through more of Peru's special coastal desert before arriving in Arequipa. This area features the nearby Canon del Colca, the world's second deepest canyon at 3,191 meters. Although many believe that the USA's Grand Canyon is the world's deepest (it's only half as deep), it's Peru's Canon del Cotahuasi that has this honor. It is 200 km from Arequipa, and is nowhere near as accessible as Canon del Colca. Therefore, Canon del Colca understandably attracts more visitors and recognition. Nearby, you will find the charming mountain town of Chivay, which is especially known for its hot springs and picturesque surroundings. There are plenty of other quaint villages in the hillsides of this area which offer interesting cultural history and stunning views.
There really is a touch of the adventurous "Indiana Jones" spirit in Peru. The country is a treasure chest full of hidden treasures and historical relics. The well-known Inca ruins are just the tip of the iceberg, as Peru offers plenty of other interesting ruins and archaeological relics to discover. Generally, Peru is possibly the most interesting place for fans of archeology and native treasures.
High up in the Andes, a few hundred miles north of Lima, is Huaraz. This place is world-renowned among trekkers, climbers, and adventurers who wish to adventure through the Andes. The town lies in the Cordillera Blanca, a divinely beautiful part of the Andes.
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