Peru is one of the most bio diverse countries on the planet. There is so much variety to see and experience, the country has three different zones each featuring its own special attractions for the tourist to see. Let us go through some of the different wonderful attractions that you should see and give you an idea of the Peru tourist Map.
When you arrive from home into Peru, you will land in Lima, the capital of Peru. Lima is a big city like most other capitals in the world. The majority of Peru’s population live in the capital and surrounds. The city features several different zones, what you should not miss is the historic center of Lima and the area around the Plaza de Armas. All the main Peruvian Government buildings are located here; you can take a tour of the Cathedral and see the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace every day at 12noon. Not far from the Plaza see the San Francisco Church, here you can visit the catacombs that are located under the church.
While in Lima, visit the seaside suburb of Barranco, a charming place to rest from the hustle of central Lima. Charming buildings and narrow streets, good restaurants to enjoy and some even with ocean views. Barranco is considered to be a part of the artist district of Lima and a nice place to spend an afternoon.
Travel South from Lima on the Pan America highway and you will arrive into Ica, the town itself is famous for its Pisco (Peruvian grape brandy). There are many wineries to visit, but what attracts most people on a visit to Ica is just outside of town are some of the biggest sand dunes in South America. The town of Huacachina attracts many tourists everyday as it is located among the dunes and has a natural lake where you can take a dip. Sandboarding and dune bugging are big draw cards also.
Around a three hour, drive from Ica is the desert town of Nazca. Nazca has a wonderful climate with almost no rainfall all year. Just outside the town etched in the desert floor are the famous Nazca Lines. Thought to have been created between 900 BC and 600 AD the lines remain the subject of much debate. Many different stories of their creation and their purpose still remain. For the best views of the lines you should take a flight over the lines on the flight you will see around seventy of the lines.
If you want some Peru travel advice, travel to Peru´s second largest city Arequipa. The city is a charming mix of old and new. The center of the city has a lovely Plaza and some nice colonial buildings with balconies that overlook the plaza. Travel from Arequipa to one of the largest Canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon. The canyon is the best place in Peru to see the Andean Condor, which fly over the canyon and come very close overhead.
Travel to the southernmost part of Peru and you will arrive at the lakeside town of Puno. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is said to be the birthplace of the Inca and the first Inca rose from the depth of the lake to create the Inca Empire. Also located on Lake Titicaca is the interesting Uros Islands, these islands are made completely out of reeds that grow on the shores of the lake. Attracting thousands of tourists every year the islands are home to the Uros people, who have lived on the islands for centuries.
Travel north of Puno in the Andes and arrive into Cusco, the heartland of the Inca Empire. Cusco is a lovely old city that has a wonderful old Plaza that features two churches. Lovely cobblestone streets lead from the plaza and you must take a walk around and discover all the other plazas that feature in Cusco. There are some wonderful Spanish colonial architecture that are mostly build on top of Inca foundations.
Travel around an hour out of Cusco and discover the naturally beautiful Sacred Valley. The valley features some truly magnificent Inca ruins to visit and the famous Pisaq Market with some of the best shopping in Peru. Buy all your Peruvian souvenirs at Pisaq and get a great deal. Located among the Andes, the Sacred Valley has a great climate and is home to many people who have visited and never left.
Take the train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is on top of everyone’s list of places to visit in Peru. The Inca citadel was never discovered by the Spanish so when it was discovered in 1911 is was mostly intact. The location alone is one to behold, perched on top of a hill you cannot see the ruin from the river below.
Another part of Peru you cannot miss is the Amazon jungle. Peru features two different zones where you can visit the jungle, the first being Iquitos in the northern corner of the country. Iquitos is famous for Amazon River cruises, there are all styles of cruise, but if you have the budget go on a luxury river cruise for the experience of a lifetime.
The second part of Peru for the jungle is the Puerto Maldonado area near Cusco. Here there are many lodges to choose from. All offer brilliant jungle activities like walks, boat rides and visits to local communities.
If you are worried about the budget than you will be surprised at Peru cost of travel. A vacation to Peru will not break the budget and you can even travel in style for not a lot of money. Well we hope you have enjoy our Peru tourist Map and have given you some ideas on where to go on your next Peruvian vacation.