Peru is a beautiful country that features stunning peaks of the Andes, picturesque Peruvian planes teeming with wildlife and the dense jungles of the Amazon. Nestled in the South American region, Peru is a bio-diverse country and was home to one of the earliest of human civilizations. It is not a surprise that Peru attracts thousands of tourists every year! And if you are planning your South American holiday in Peru, then do not miss any of these exciting attractions:
1. Arequipa in Colca Valley
Strolling along the roads of Arequipa is like going back in time. Also known as “Ciudad Blanca” or White City, Arequipa is filled with colonial homes, ancient churches and monasteries. The UNESCO recognizes the entire city as a heritage site. Over the outskirts of the city are spectacular natural landscapes and volcanoes. If you are touring the White City, we strongly recommend visiting the nearby Colca Valley and Colca Canyon as well as the Salinas and Aguada Blanca and the Mejia Lagoons!
At first glance, the sleepy village of Chiclayo looks as if it has nothing extraordinary to offer. After all, Chiclayo is just a simple village with nondescript homes and buildings. But Chiclayo’s secret lies hundreds of feet underground.
Chiclayo is the site of archeological discoveries such as the Lord of Sipán in Huaca Rajada, The Lord of Sicán in Batán Grande and the pyramids of Túcume. To learn more about the amazing archeological relics found in Chiclayo, go to the Museo de Tumbas Reales de Sipán or the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum and Sicán National Museum! Both museums boast of a collection of amazing artifacts and historical objects that dated back to thousands of years.
3. Cuzco or Machu Picchu
Discover the Incan trail in Cuzco, Machu Pichu. Known as the archeological capital of South America, Cuzco was the largest city and the capital of the Inca Empire. Cuzco was later invaded by Spaniards and became known as Machu Picchu.
Renowned for its natural beauty and historical relevance, Machu Picchu is one of the protected cultural sites by UNESCO. It features the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquequirao as well as the Inca Trail. Today, Machu Pichu is filled with structures that fuse Inca with Spanish-style architecture.
4. The Amazon
If you love the great outdoors and exploring the Peruvian landscapes, then there is no better place to start than the Amazon. The Amazon rainforest is one of the last forests in the world. It is home to millions of plant and animal species.
The Amazon River weaves through the Amazonian planes, giving life to the forest and its people. Several points of the river are protected areas. These are great places to start your Amazonian tour. For instance, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve are perfect for thrill-seeking adventurers who love to explore the great outdoors. There is also a cruise in the Amazon river.
Lima is the capital of Peru. As a large metropolis, Lima features a great mix of colonial structures, historical centers, and museums. UNESCO declared most of the colonial structures in the city as Cultural World Heritage Sites. Apart from museums, Lima also features cultural shows, casinos, live concerts, and restaurants that offer local and international cuisine.