While Peru is not on the top of many peoples travel list to make their millions, travelling in Peru will enrich you in a number of more important and profound ways. It can be life-changing for some, a trip of a lifetime for others, yet the one thing we can be certain of, is things will never be the same after a visit to this incredible country. Here are some of the ways that Peru will change you and your perspective on life, forever!
Peru is a geographically diverse country, boasting the perfect mixture of the coast, jungle and mountainous regions. The north coast of Peru is blessed with some of the best surf beaches in the world and the climate is perfect all year round! If animals are your thing, then Peru is the perfect destination with one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, the Amazon jungle, forming part of its incredible geography. Most people, when they travel in Peru, of course, want to head to the incredible site of Machu Picchu, THE biggest tourist attraction in Peru.
This monumental Inca citadel is strategically situated in the stunningly beautiful mountains and nestled perfectly within the Andean Mountain range, traversing the whole of South America. The glaciers of the higher elevations and lush green high jungle areas of the lower regions of the Andes, combine perfectly to provides with some of the most breath-taking views on this planet. So, Peru is naturally remarkable for its geography!
Peru is one of the few places in the world where people still use the traditions and customs of their ancestors, dating back to over 5000 years ago. The way they hand weave their clothes, using alpaca wool and the specific design of the clothing, the way they farm their land, the food they eat, their religious ceremonies, their traditional dances, all form part of living history.
These activities and customs have been carefully passed down the generations to preserve these ancient traditions and are still used in their full authenticity to this day. While Peru is totally developed with all the creature comforts of today's life, you cannot help marvel at the ancient customs that are still in their glorious evidence today.
While Peru has some of the best hiking in the world, this is not the only incredible activity to enjoy when visiting Peru. The coastal region has some of the best surf beaches in the world! The desert regions south of Lima offer dune buggies and sandboarding also! Lima is also considered the culinary capital of the Americas with the “foodies” amongst us flocking to Peru, to try the incredible cuisine and The Andean region, which is a massive draw for the niche traveller with some of the finest wool and weavings in the world.
The stunning archaeological sites embellish the natural geography of the country, making this a fascinating part of the world for history lovers. For nature lovers, the Amazon jungle is one of the most biodiverse places on this planet with an array of flora and fauna in all of its regions. Ah and don’t forget to take a visit to the highest navigable lake in the world called Lake Titicaca! The adventure activities are astounding also, so much so, that I dedicated a whole section to it! (See more below).
For the more active amongst us, the diverse activities such as rafting, grappling, climbing, caving, mountain climbing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, hang gliding, bungee jumping, zip lining, scuba diving, snorkelling, etc. are only some of the incredible adventure sports available on your Peru vacation. If you are an adrenalin junkie, then Peru may just be the best place on the planet for you!
Travel in Peru will open you up to a wide array of different tastes. The incredible deliciousness and diversity of Peruvian food, combined with the abundant wealth of natural and native products growing here, it is no surprise that Peru is a top destination for “foodies” worldwide! From the top end restaurants to the delicacies of the street vendors, Peruvian food is diverse, delicious and delectable…. and they are only the national dishes! Peru is by far a paradise for food lovers, so be sure to try anything and everything when you travel in Peru!
Whether you ate the pet guinea pig, which is a local Peruvian delicacy! or big fat caterpillars in the jungle called Suri, or even sipped the fermented Chicha (corn beer) in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the traveller's tales of your trip to Peru will be unique, incredible and make all of your family and friends either green with envy or get them signing up for their next vacation to this original, cultural, diverse and unique part of the world.
These culturally rich and authentic travel experiences will combine perfectly to make for some incredible reflections and memories of your adventures in Peru. One thing is for certain; you will leave Peru more culturally, spiritually, and emotionally enriched by the experience of visiting Peru!