12 Places To Visit In Peru!

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Peru has something for everyone. There are mountains, deserts, the jungle, beaches, cities - everything you could possibly want in a country. Even if you're a budget backpacker, or if you have a luxurious travel style, I challenge you to not fall in love with Peru. The country is full of deep history and culture, and is famous for having incredible food.

In no particular order, here are 12 places you must visit in Peru!

1. Machu Picchu
No trip to Peru would be complete without visiting Machu Picchu. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's most famous landmarks, Machu Picchu is a historic Inca citadel. It's an impressive place and simply can't be missed.



2. The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru near Cusco, and if you're visiting Machu Picchu then you'll most likely travel through the area. The valley is full of lush greenery and many Inca ruins.



3. Cusco
Cusco is the nearest major city to Machu Picchu and is an incredible place to visit. What was once the capital of the Inca Empire, today Cusco attracts millions of tourists every year. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of beautiful architecture, unique museums, historic ruins and bustling plazas.




4. Hiking to Machu Picchu 
Hiking in Peru on treks such as the Inca Trail and the Lares Trek is an incredible experience. It allows you to walk through beautiful, remote regions of the country that you wouldn't otherwise be able to see.




5. Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is known as being the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,800 metres above sea level. Half of the lake lies within Peru, the other in Bolivia. It's famous for its floating islands made of reeds. 



6. Lima
Lima, the capital city of Peru, is typically the gateway into the country to see the main sights of Cusco and Machu Picchu. It might not be as picturesque as other Peruvian cities such as Arequipa, but if you've flown directly into Lima then the city is definitely worth at least one day of exploring.




7. Arequipa
Arequipa is Peru's second largest city and one that shouldn't be missed when travelling through Peru. The city is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes, Mount Misti, Mount Pikchu Pikchu, and Mount Chachani, and the city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




8. Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines are lines drawn into the ground in different patterns and distinct animal shapes. It's believed that the lines were drawn by the Nazca people thousands of years ago, and lines have stayed in tact due to the lack of rain and wind. 

To see the Nazca Lines, there are two options. The first is a lookout tower on the outskirt of the town to see two of the shapes. The second and most expensive option is a 30 minute flight in a 6 person plane over the region. Although it's definitely not for the faint-hearted or people that get travel sick!



9. Colca Canyon
This is the second deepest canyon in the world. It's a popular place to spot condors, go trekking, or even white water rafting.



10. The Amazon Jungle
Brazil isn't the only place that you can visit the Amazon Rainforest, as the jungle creeps into Peru and other neighbouring countries. There are many eco-lodges that visitors can stay in, and partake in activities such as night walks and caiman spotting boat trips.




11. Huacachina
Huacachina is a desert oasis in south-western Peru. Sand dune buggies is a popular activity with tourists.



12. Ballestas Islands
The Ballestas Islands, known as 'the poor man's Galapagos Islands', are a group of small islands on the coast of Peru. The area is home to sea lions, penguins, and many birds. Visitors can go on a boat tour around the islands to see the various animals.

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