Alpaca your bags for these 8 Peruvian must-sees
On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, is taking you to Peru with 11 bespoke tours helping you escape the concrete jungle for the Amazonian rainforest.
To get you into the spirit, On The Go Tours have compiled a list of the 8 must-sees of Peru, both well-known and not, to get you feeling a bit Cuzco crazy.
Machu Picchu – For the cultural traveller
There is no Peru list complete without a mention of Machu Picchu. Standing a proud 7,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is one of the most famous Incan heritage sites made of over 150 buildings, including baths, houses, temples and sanctuaries possesses over 100 separate flights of stairs. Machu Picchu is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, classified as one of the new seven wonders of the world. One thing lesser known about Machu Picchu is that it was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone has accurately indicated two equinoxes.
Tours: Machu Picchu By Train | Inca Trail to Machu Picchu | Amazon & the Inca Trail | Amazons, Incas and Titicaca | Peru to Chile Express | Totally Peru
Amazonian Rainforest – For the nature-lover
Nearly 60% of Peru is covered by the Amazonian rainforest, making it the second largest home of the Amazon Jungle aside from Brazil. Peru is also known for its ‘microclimates’ – it has 90 – which help count it among the top 10 most biologically diverse countries in the world. Definitely worth a visit!
Tours: Amazon, Incas & Titicaca | Amazon & the Inca Trail | Totally Peru
Andes Mountains – For the adventurer
The Andes are the world’s second-largest mountain chain, spanning from the coast to over 20,000 feet. Despite their incredible height, they were the centre of the Incan Empire and therefore host a vast number of remnants from the time. The conqueror of the Incas Francisco Pizarro, once said; “We can assure your majesty that it is so beautiful and has such fine buildings that it would even be remarkable in Spain.”
Tours: Lima To Santiago | Peru Explorer
Colca Canyon – For the geologist
Famed as one of the deepest canyons of the world, Colca Canyon is a river canyon in southern Peru. With a depth of nearly 3,270 metres, it is nearly twice the depth of the Grand Canyon! Witness the majestic flight of the Condor – the largest bird in the world – as it soars over the canyon. If you like big holes in the ground, this destination is crucial for you.
Tours: Peru, Canyon & Jungle | Totally Peru
Plaza de Armas, Cuzco – For the refined traveller
Cuzco is one of the top tourist destinations for any Peruvian traveller, but the top spot to visit is the Plaza de Armas. It is a central square boasting old architecture and cathedrals alongside many dining and entertainment options. Sit on a rooftop and look over the city while treating yourself to local delicacies including roasted guinea pig and charbroiled alpaca along with the nation’s food of potatoes and corn. Plaza de Armas is also home to some of the best nightclubs.
Tours: Machu Picchu by Train | Peru to Chile Express | Lima To Santiago
Sacred Valley – For the photographer
The Sacred Valley is also known as the Urubamba Valley in the Andes, and presents a stunning picture location. There are snow-capped mountains, meadows full of flowers and lakes so blue they shouldn’t be real. There are many unique flora and fauna to discover, as well as the Urubama River that is gentle enough for boating.
Tours: Into the Incan Empire | Machu Picchu By Train | Amazon and Inca Trail
Lake Titicaca, Puno – For the water lover
Lake Titicaca is found in Puno bordering Bolivia in the Andes Mountains. Interestingly, its surface is evenly between Peru and Bolivia. The lake is ringed by the Andean mountain ridges, with the lake itself about 4,000m above sea level on a plateau. What makes this place worth visiting is the jewel blue colour of the water, found nowhere else in the world.
Tours: Amazon, Incas & Titicaca | Peru to Chile Express | Totally Peru
8. Chiclayo – For the historian
Chiclayo is the capital city of northwest Peru’s Lambayeque region, and is known as a gateway to archaeological sites such as Huaca Rajada, and the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. Take a step back in time at the Witch Doctor’s Market where elixirs, herbs and shamanic implements are on sale. Chiclayo is also known for its beautiful parks, gardens, and access to the beach.
Tours: Northern Peru Discovery
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