In Peru, a South American country bordered by well known nations like Columbia and Brazil, visitors enjoy a lush paradise populated by a mixture of unique cultures. The natural and cultural treasures of this country have fascinated people for centuries and continue to bring in thousands of visitors a year. There are numerous things to see and do in Peru, but the following list breaks it down into the top three.
Top 3 “Must-Dos” in Peru
1. Explore ancient Inca Ruins: The ancient Inca ruins are a large draw for many tourists. Machu Picchu is the most visited site in South America and rightfully so. This colossal kingdom and city was built 600 years ago atop a mountain. The surrounding mountains and harsh conditions make it a modern marvel of engineering by the Inca culture. Cusco is the ancient capital of the famous Inca Empire and many ruins can be found in the surrounding area. Fortresses like Pisac and Ollantaytambo are also well worth a visit.
2. Shop at the Pisac Markets: The Sunday market at Pisac is famous for its handcrafted goods. Native people travel from all over to sell their wares. A variety of items are sold at hundreds of booths and tents.
3. Take a trip to the Amazon rainforest: For a real adventure, travelers can take an expedition into the Amazon. There are several opportunities to either hike down the slopes of the Andes to Manu National Park or arrange for a boat ride down the Amazon River. Photographers & wildlife enthusiasts will be in heaven in this mysterious ecological wonder.
Peru has so much more to offer than just the above “must-dos” but these activities will get you started on an unforgettable trip to South America. Traveling solo? Join our travel club’s trip to Peru in December!