Get comfortable because we at Machu Travel Peru are here to offer you the most incredible Peruvian destinations. This one is perfect for travelers who think or like to follow the road less traveled. Let us tell you about of the best fun things to do in Peru you can’t skip if you are planning a trip to Peru.
Exploring Lima “The City of the Kings”
Lima is home to the amazing history and lively culture. The Plaza de Armas is located in the heart of Lima and it is a great place to get a feel of daily life here. This Peruvian gem has a great variety of activities for everyone’s tastes. Then, we recommend you explore Larco Herrera Museum, a house of the largest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. Another of the fun things to do in Peru, especially in Lima area, would be the Water fountains or a Culinary Tour: those are family-friendly activities, so if you travel with children they will love it!
Sandboarding and dune buggies in Huacachina
Prepare for a fun day! Just four hours from Lima, there is located the amazing desert town known as Huacachina Oasis. The lagoon located here, combined with the beautiful environment, creates an unforgettable experience for thrill-seekers and resort enthusiast alike.
Enjoy your day by boarding down the sand dunes or racing through the desert in dune buggies, before relaxing back in town! This is an exciting alternative of fun things to do in Peru.
Exploring the Peruvian Amazon
Having fun things to do in Peru is not really hard…. The Peruvian Amazon is one of the richest areas in the country. This region is home to countless long and winding rivers and the most diverse and incredible wildlife. You can get into the Amazon from Puerto Maldonado, flights arriving and departing daily, so the accessibility to this part of the country is easy.
The amazon covers a big area of the country (almost the 50%) and tours in the Peruvian Amazon Forest are less expensive than in other regions in the Continent, so you can save money for pisco sours haha 🙂
Visiting the Jungle is highly recommended. Once you get there, enjoy a hike beginning near the Madre de Dios river. Keep your eyes open that you may see parrots, macaws, monkeys and, if you are lucky, jaguars too! This is one of the most famous places in Peru for naturalist people, so be sure to consider it in your pocket list while your stay in this rich country.
Visiting the amazing Colca Canyon
Go deep into the Colca Canyon! Explore the deepest and most mesmerizing canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon! This amazing canyon is located a few hours driving from Arequipa City (the second-largest city in the country). Did you know that the Colca Canyon is almost twice as deep as the United States’ Grand Canyon?! You can’t miss this visit during your Peruvian Adventure!
The Mesmerizing Salt Ponds at Maras
Here, you will have the chance to taste the mineral-rich salt of Maras! This amazing site is located just one hour driving from Cusco, specifically located into the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Inca Empire. This mesmerizing spot is regarded around the world for its impressive collection of salt mines, dating back to the Inca times. The admission fee is not expensive ($3.50 aprox.)… it is much better to bring cash and pay in local currency (S/10 aprox.). Explore this impressive Peruvian destination and taste by yourself the finest salt in the world! It is also believed that it helps to reduce stress and even prevent osteoporosis. The salt ponds at Maras are one of the best things to see in Peru.
Get into the Amazing Rainbow Mountain
For sure… there are many fun things to do in Peru… but of my favorite one would be the Rainbow Mountain. If you consider yourself an adventurous person and love the untouched nature, this is the right choice for you! This gorgeous mountain is located at 5’200 meters above sea level, exactly in the Peruvian Andes at the opposite location of Machu Picchu. This adventure begins early in the morning, where you will be delighted by the beautiful mountains, amazing landscapes and many cute llamas and alpacas that you could see along the way. After around three hours of trekking you will finally reach the top of the magnificent Rainbow Mountain! We recommend doing this amazing trekking from April to October because it is the dry season in Peru, so we have daily sunny days for excellent photos!
Delving into the past exploring the Amaru Village
Last but not least of the fun things to do in Peru is to immerse yourself in our Peruvian Culture by visiting the Amaru village, an small village located in Cusco! Here, you will be able to firsthand learn the art of weaving from the female villagers. This town is far from the beaten track, so you won’t see many travelers there. You will get to meet some of the friendliest people in Peru and witness how a more traditional way of life is adapting to the passage of time.
Peru vacation packages offer many programs including these sites, but personally speaking I do prefer far from the beaten track sites, so you have the chance to immerse a little bit more into the culture, so Amaru Village would be a must during your visit!
We invite you to rest, savor, refresh and adventure the treasures of Peru “The Land of the Incas” with us!
Peru has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. With many years of experience in the tourism sector, Machu Travel Peru is happy to help with anything regarding your trip to Machu Picchu and any tours around it. Make your Machu Picchu experience an unforgettable one!