There are so many places in the world to go and so many incredible sights to see, that it’s no surprise that some places occasionally slip under our radar. But that’s what I am going to remedy right now. South America is underrated as a continent when it comes to travel and no country might be more underrated than Peru. Here, I am going to look at three reasons why it should be a bucket list destination for anyone with a sense of adventure.
It is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Peru and it should most definitely be your primary objective when you visit. If you’re a fan of ancient ruins, then this impressive Inca city is worth visiting as the only one of its kind not destroyed by Spanish conquistadors in the Age of Exploration. The Sacred Valley, the neighbouring region of ancient villages and ruins amongst dramatic rises often cloaked in a veil of clouds, makes for a jaw-dropping sight, only adding to the mystery of the ruins. We still don’t know what the exact significance of Machu Picchu was. Some think it was a secret ritual city, but that sense of the unknown only adds to the excitement of this glorious place.
The Inca Trail
If you’re heading to Machu Picchu, then you should really experience it by way of the Inca Trail. The most common method of reaching the ruins, it’s a four-day trek with plenty of camping spots on the way. There are Peru tours you need to look at that can help guide your way through a mystical route of valleys, steep slopes, dense forests, riverbanks and much more. Throw in a guided tour, you can learn all about the many ruins dotting the trail, as well as marvelling at the sheer diversity of landscape that makes you feel like you’re truly exploring a vast land that has survived from another era. It offers a lot more than just Machu Picchu to take the scenic route.
You don’t have to spend all your time away from civilization to experience what Peru offers, either. On the Pacific coast, this is a city all about living loud and having fun. For those who want to relax in style, it’s full of beaches that offer the perfect place to sunbathe, surf, or waterski. If you prefer something a little more high-flying, paragliding over the city is a hugely popular tourist activity, offering thrills galore as well as a new meaning to “bird’s eye view”. If it’s unique sights you’re after, then hang out around Parque de la Reserva at night and watch a luminescent water show where you’re encouraged to get up close to enjoy the interactive fountains.
I’ve only just scratched the surface of what Peru has to offer and already we’ve rattled off three destinations that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world. With a history you can spend weeks getting lost in and a natural diversity that has to be seen to be believed, what more could you need?