Peru is a place to offers many different experiences to many different people. The thought of adventure may appeal to some but not to others. You may only want a backpackers trip and stay at hostels or you may want to travel in style and be taken care of all day. However, whatever way you want to explore Peru the country has something to suit you.
On any tour to Peru, you will arrive into the capital of Peru, Lima. Lima is located on the coast of Peru and has many interesting attractions that you should explore. In the historical center of the city is where you will find the government buildings and every day at midday there is a changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace. Also located in the center of the city is the San Francisco church, so what is so special about the San Francisco Church? The church houses the oldest cemetery in South America and you can see the bones on display in the catacombs of the church. The church also has a library that houses a collection of Spanish chronicles that are on display.
Make sure you do not miss the beachside suburbs in Lima, home to the trendy and a really cool art scene. These suburbs feature some of the best restaurants in Peru and the cuisine is Lima is really worth trying.
Traveling south from Lima you will arrive at the seaside town of Paracas. Paracas is the starting point for tours to the fascinating Ballestas Islands. These Islands are home to thousands of birds and sea lions, tours pass the islands where you can see the birds first hand.
Further south and in the coastal desert of Peru is the small town of Nazca, the town’s main attraction is the famous Nazca Lines. Etched in the desert floor you need to take a flight to get the best view. The lines remain a mystery today to what purpose they were built and by whom.
Peru’s second city Arequipa is located in the Southern desert region of Peru. Arequipa is an attractive city built mainly from white stone sourced locally. The city has three volcanos that feature in its skyline. The city is a pleasant place to spend a few days with almost no rainfall all year. Take a tour to the Colca Canyon from Arequipa and see the one of the deepest canyons in the world.
Travel inland from Arequipa and the Colca Canyon and arrive at the high Andean town of Puno in the southern most part of Peru. Puno is famous for Lake Titicaca and the wonderful Uros Islands. The Uros people made these islands centuries ago to escape the mainland and the warring tribes. Did you know that the islands are made completely from reeds, which are replenished every six months?
North of Puno in the Andes is the Inca town of Cusco, here it is said was the heart of the empire and you can still see reminants of their building skills. When the Spanish arrived in the 15th Century the dismantled the temples of the Inca and built churches on the foundations. Cusco will remind you of an old European city with its Terracotta roof tiles and churches.
Close to Cusco is the naturally beautiful Sacred Valley of the Inca, set among the Andes Mountains the valley features a temperate climate and some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in South America. The valley has some interesting Inca Ruins to visit and a colorful Indian Market at Pisaq.
Travel by train from the Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes. Here take a bus up the mountain to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is the most popular place to visit in Peru and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Before you arrive into Peru you should take a Machu Picchu Virtual tour and get an idea on where to go. Look at the variety of hotels near Machu Picchu to make your stay a memorable one.
Something you cannot miss when you Explore Peru is the Peruvian Amazon, for the nature lovers the jungle is not to be missed. Stay at the many jungle lodges scattered around the area, some in luxury and some not. Go piranha fishing and take a cruise down the river at night to see the shy caiman. The jungle is full of flora and fauna that you will discover.
If you love luxury cruises than travel to the north of Peru to Iquitos where many Amazon River cruises leave. Visit local communities and swim with the pink dolphins. Dine in luxury every day and experience some of Peru´s best food all prepared for you by the chefs.
Peru cost of travel will surprise you with something for every budget; take the family on an educational and special holiday that will live in their memories forever.