The best reasons for a trip to Peru
There are many reasons to travel to Peru. Our travel tips to Peru offer suggestions on what not to be missed. Peru has been on our bucket list of the destinations we want to see for a long time. We have looked at the country again and again over the years, but so far we haven't managed to look at the country for ourselves. But that doesn't mean we don't dream about it. And who knows, maybe one day it will work out with one Travel to South America? Until then we will collect reasons for a trip to Peru.
Discover Machu Picchu on your own
Ten reasons for a trip to Peru
Machu Picchu - one of the best reasons to travel to Peru
One of the main reasons is the ancient Inca city Machu Picchu. It is probably the highlight of a Peru trip for most visitors. We are no exception. As a cultural historian and ethnologist, I have always been fascinated by the ancient Indian cultures of South America. This includes the mysterious city in the Andes. It was only the beginning of the 20th century, that it was discovered by Hiram Bingham. It has since become one of the main attractions of the country. It is still hard to get to. You can either reach it by taking the panoramic train, that follows the Urubamba River or choose the arduous route over the passes of the Inca Trail. The old path of the Inca can only be done with a guide today. The tour takes four days over mountain passes, which offer spectacular views. Overnight you stay in tents along the way.
Discover Machu Picchu on organized tours
- Wander 5 days on the Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu *
The Cordillera Blanca - one of the reasons for a trip to Peru
Another reason to visit Peru is the spectacular mountain vistas of the Andes. In northern Peru, the Cordillera Blanca mountain range stretches for about 180 kilometers. It is also home to fifty of the country's highest mountains - all over 5700 meters. These mountains are best experienced on a trekking tour. On the one hand, this facilitates acclimatization to the extreme altitudes. On the other hand, you have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views extensively. The highest pass that you can overcome on such a tour is the Punta Union Pass with a height of 4750 meters.
- You will walk on uneven paths. Therefore, be sure to pack good hiking boots .
- In our packing list for hikers you don't forget anything.
- You should not underestimate the sun at these altitudes. Therefore, we advise to take a sun hat .
- For day trips we recommend a backpack, in which you camera, a Jacket and transport other utensils. For longer hikes you need one backpack.
- Be sure to bring your camera with you. In Peru there are many wonderful photo opportunities. We recommend this Camera.
- With these long and off the beaten path travel distances, it is sometimes difficult to recharge your devices. Therefore, you should have a solar power station * .
The Alpamayo - one of the reasons for a trip to Peru
You should not miss the Alpamayo on a trekking tour through the Andes. This mountain is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. At 5947 meters it is also one of the highest mountains in the country. Because the mountain is very remote, it was not known to European mountaineers for a long time. After three unsuccessful attempts, the first ascent was only made in 1957. A German rope team finally conquered the "most beautiful mountain in the world", as the mountaineering magazine "Alpinism" described it in a photo competition in 1966.
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Also south of Lima there are fascinating mountain landscapes. Here, however, they look different from northern Peru. Snow-capped volcanoes form the natural backdrop of the city of Arequipa, also known as the White City. Named after the cream-colored stone works made from the region's volcanic rock, the town got its nickname. The city center of Arequipa has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
Discover Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
- Do an 2-day Tour to the Colca Canyon* and experience condors and great views of the gorge.
Cusco - one of the reasons for a trip to Peru
Another city that is part of every trip to Peru is Cusco. On the one hand, today it is the starting point for all those who travel on to Machu Picchu. On the other hand, the city is interesting because of its Indian-Spanish past. For a long time it was the capital of the Inca Empire. However, after the Inca Huayna Cápac moved his headquarters to Quito, the city lost importance. In addition, the Spaniards destroyed the city. Only after Machu Picchu was discovered, it gained her present fame. It is definitely worth seeing.
Discover Cusco and the surrounding area
- Make a one-day Hike on Humantay Lake *.
Lima - another of the reasons for a trip to Peru
This is a city no visitor to Peru can avoid. Lima did not have much importance during the Inca period. Although this place has traces of settlement that are 5000 years old, it played only a minor role in the Inca empire. It served the Incas as a place of pilgrimage. The modern Lima goes back to a founding of the Spaniards in the year 1535. The city is especially interesting because of its museums and Spanish architecture. In addition, the farmers from the highlands and the Amazon come here to offer their goods.
Discover Lima and surroundings
- Get to know Lima * on a city tour by bus.
The lines of Nazca
To see the next sight, you have to fly. The lines of Nazca are among the secrets of the world. They were created by the Nazca culture. The figures include birds, monkeys, jaguars and other animals. They are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. They are not recognizable from the ground. There you only see how they were made. The creators of these works wore away the dark upper layer of earth and piled it up along the lines. This is how the bright lines were created in the desert soil. If you want to see them well, you have to look at them from an elevated position. The best way is to fly over them by plane.
Discover the lines of Nazca
- You can only see them from the air, the mysterious ones Lines of Nazca * .
Puno on Lake Titicaca
The name Puno probably does not mean much to most people. But the Titicaca Lake is well known. Puno is the largest city at this lake in the Altiplano of Peru. With its almost 150.000 inhabitants, it is the starting point for excursions on the lake. The people of Puno breed alpacas and llamas. In addition, they operate arable farming. The city is so high that it never gets hot here. The average annual temperature in Puno is at a low 8.4 degrees Celsius.
Discover Puno and Lake Titicaca on your Peru trip
The floating islands in Lake Titicaca
One of the best reasons to travel to Peru are the islands in Lake Titicaca. There are natural islands in the lake. There are also islands made by humans that float on the lake. Today about 2000 Uros Indians still live on these islands in simple straw huts. They retreated to these islands as early as Inca times. When an attack threatened, they detached the islands from the mainland and let them float out to sea. Today, tourism is the main source of income for the people who live there. Visitors are welcome on the islands.
Discover the floating islands in Lake Titicaca
- Take a day trip to the Uros Islands and the Taquile Island *.
Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Chicha - also reasons for a trip to Peru
For us as pleasure travelers, the local cuisine is of course one of the reasons for a trip to Peru. The country has a lot to offer. The Peruvian national dish Ceviche we already know from our trips to Florida. It is a fish dish prepared with lime juice. Another Peruvian specialty is Lomo Saltado. This is sliced beef that is fried in a wok with tomatoes, onions and deep-fried potato slices. What we don't know yet is the Peruvian grape liquor Pisco or the corn beer Chicha, which the Incas produced. I'm sure that there are still a lot of culinary specialties to be discovered in Peru.
Get to know the Peruvian cuisine
- at a culinary day tour* in Lima
- Interesting is also the Tour of pubs, wineries and taverns in and around Lima *
We are particularly interested in the cultural attractions that Peru has to offer. For slow travelers who like to take a look behind the scenes, the cities of Arequipa and Lima are good reasons for a trip to Peru. Cusco with its Indian-Spanish past gives a great insight into the history and development of the country. If you want to see how people live on the floating islands, then a tour to Puno and a boat trip to these islands across Lake Titicaca is worthwhile. What we like most about a trip to this country is the opportunity to take a look at Peruvian cuisine. This is always a good way to get in close contact with the locals. There are some offers that are worthwhile.
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