Peru is one of the most visited countries on the planet and rightly so as the Andean country has much to offer the international traveler. Organizing your holidays in Peru from the UK or any other country can be a challenge so you will need to do your research on how to book and what you want to see.
Here we will give you some tips on what to see in Peru on your holidays in Peru from the UK and the rest of the world. You may decide to take Peru private tours or a group departure and travel with like-minded travelers.
1. Machu Picchu: What Peru is most known for is, of course, Machu Picchu. The Spanish Conquistadors never discovered the site so when discovered in 1911 it was mostly intact. The location of Machu Picchu is one of the highlights as it is perched on the side of the mountain. One of the most incredible things about Machu Picchu is that you cannot see it from the river below.
2. Sacred Valley: Not far from Machu Picchu and Cusco is the naturally beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Set among the high Andean peaks, the valley is protected from the harsh weather by the mountains and enjoys a lovely mild climate for most of the year. The Incas used the Valley to grow most of their food and today the Valley is a great spot to spend a few days.
3. Cusco: The city of Cusco, set in a valley in the high Andes, Cusco is according to legend the navel of the world. The center of Cusco features Spanish Colonial churches built on Inca temples. The main square is one of the prettiest you will see in South America. Cusco is full of markets to buy souvenirs and some fascinating museums.
4. Peruvian Amazon: The natural beauty of the Peruvian Amazon, when you travel to Peru you should spend a few days in the Amazon. There is a variety of lodges to choose from, from five-star luxury to basic accommodation all with wonderful jungle walks and plenty of animals to see.
5. Lima: The Capital of Peru is now considered a must-see on any Peruvian vacation. The food culture in Lima should be high on your priority list and you must experience the typical Peruvian cuisine.
6. Nazca lines: The mysterious Nazca lines, south of Lima around 5 hours drive you will arrive in the small town of Nazca, the town is quiet and has plenty of restaurants and hotels. The town has a wonderful warm climate and has no rainfall all year round. What people come to the town to see is the Nazca Lines. These mysterious lines are only viewed from the air where you will see the monkey, the lizard, the spider, and many more figures that are etched into the desert floor.
7. Puno and Lake Titicaca: Located at the very south of Peru, Puno is on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is one of the highest lakes in the world and has a magical crystal appearance. However, what Lake Titicaca is most famous for is the Uros Islands. These man-made islands are home to Uros people who made these islands out of the reeds that grow around the shores of Lake Titicaca.
8. Arequipa: The city of Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city and is full of charm and character. The buildings in the center of Arequipa are made of a white volcanic stone giving Arequipa the name of the white city. The food of Arequipa is different from the other regions of Peru and must be tried. The climate in the area is mild and it is a very pleasant place to spend a few days.
9. Colca Canyon: Not far from Arequipa is the second deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon. This magnificent canyon is not only naturally beautiful but is the best place to see Andean Condors in full flight. Travel to the Cruz Del Condor for the best views of the canyon and these majestic birds.
You might decide to do your tour in Peru with a travel agent, which is a great way to travel. Have everything organized for you and travel in peace. Your tour company will arrange all your transfers, tours, hotels, flights and entrances for you, sometimes even meals are included. If you prefer to organize your tour to Peru yourself than you will need to do some research on the internet or in a Peru Travel Guide, decide where you want to go and make your bookings.
If you are the adventurous type then you make want to take some Peru expeditions on offer, like hiking in the Andes, such as the Inca Trail or even trekking through the Jungle.
Whatever way you travel to Peru from the UK you will have the experience of a lifetime as Peru is one of the best destinations for your holiday dollar.