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Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Travel Peru | 0 comments

Sightseeing Hopping In Peru

Sightseeing Hopping In Peru

A fascinatingly exquisite land, diverse, exuberant, and breath taking, Peru is there to inspire wonder, to invoke feelings of awe, to move and to excite. A vast, fabled country, Peru seamlessly and effortlessly blends unforgettable cultural experiences with breath-taking terrains together to create the ultimate travel destination.

Sweeping desert coastlines, towering Andes mountains, the rugged deserts and the dense Amazon jungle -Peru is endowed with hundreds of natural attractions. Those attractions juxtapose man-made monuments with long stretches of coastline, backdrops of jungles and going there is truly an overwhelming experience.

The myriad of activities offered can satisfy every type of traveler. From the colonial cities, to the floating islands, the remote jungles to the rugged deserts, and the snowcapped mountain to ancient lost lands – Peru is everyone’s cup of tea.

Travelers flock here to discover the Incan culture, to hike the Inca trail, to see the Machu Picchu and revel in the beauty of the majestic ruins. They come to Peru to explore jungles, see the Amazon, become one with nature and relish in the vast topography offered by this country.

Do you want to be exploring the jungle or staying at a traditional small village? Cruising along islands or attending exuberant festivals? Learning about mysterious lines created on earth or visiting lost ancient lands? Peru is there to offer all that and more.

There are plenty of things to do in Peru, and it might get overwhelming at times! But whether you’re only visiting for a week or visiting for a month, here are the top four attractions you absolutely cannot miss.

Machu Picchu

Nothing in the world prepares you for the splendor of Machu Picchu…No matter how much you read about the ruins, or how many pictures and videos you watch; the entire experience from the moment you set eyes on it to the moment you will leave will be like going through a dream. It’s no surprise that this attraction is one of the seven wonders of the world.

Perched high in the Andes of Peru, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is nestled amongst incredible backdrops, and dripping with a mysterious allure.

Think vast, scenic backdrops, dark-green forests, and intriguing stories, ruins and monuments all blended together in one place. There’s just a sense of eeriness looming across the entire attraction…The Incan Empire have surely left their mark with this spectacular set of ruins.

The monuments have long inspired travelers, intrigued archeologists, peeked at the curiosity of scientists, and mystified historians, and all for good reason. You will feel it, that absolute moment of divinity, of spirituality, as you’re suspended high in the air on the ruins, with incredible panoramas surrounding you. This place will leave you feeling tiny and connected with nature.

The echo of the Urubamba River below… The squeal of Condors…The sight of the mist painting the surrounding ancient city… The general grandeur is enough to keep you wanting to come back for more.

It’s a must visit in all types of Peru holidays you can go on – whether you’re backpacking, traveling as a tourist, student, business trip, Machu Picchu is an absolute must!

Make sure to check out:

• The Intihuatana Stone – A stone showcasing the skill of the Incans as astronomers, with points that indicate the position of the sun.

• The Royal Tomb – A place that experienced sacrificial rituals. You’ll find ceremonial baths, and you should know that over 100 skeletons were excavated from here!

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail, one of the world’s most renowned treks and the most famous in South America is an unmissable experience in Peru. Connecting the Sacred valley to Machu Picchu, the Inca trail blends the dramatic mountain scenery with misty clouds, jungles and ancient ruins creating a path unlike any other.

Back in 1911, Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu, a place previously untouched by Spanish conquistadores, and ever since people have been hiking that trail yearly.

The Inca trail is not just a journey to Machu Picchu! It’s a destination in and of itself, with lush cloud-forests, mist beautifully snaking its way through the peaks, sweeping views, and of course – the ruins.

You’ll be walking through hidden ruins that you wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise… Trails that offer an unparalleled adventure that allows you to unleash your inner Indiana Jones.

The trail is not an easy one, it will be a high altitude battle against changing climates, slippery rocks, and inclining surfaces – but it’s all worth it. The pilgrimage will be a highlight of your trip as you enter through the Sun Gate and the mist slowly lifts off the ruins.

Tips:

• Do not underestimate altitude sickness – Make sure to arrive at Cusco a few days before to adjust the to the altitude. Do not expect that you can just come to Cusco and hike the trail the next day.

• The trail and Machu Picchu are closed in February.

• The best time to go is from June to August – the dry season. You do not want to visit the trail in rainy season – trust us!

• Make your reservations several months in advance, the authorities now only allow 2500 per day in Machu Picchu and in high season it might be hard to reserve a place.

• The trail gets cold at night all year long, so make sure you bring a jacket or windbreaker, and a sleeping bag you can stay warm in.

• Make sure your shoes are comfortable, and suitable for the hike.

• Bring a first-aid kit with you.

• Make sure you have Peruvian money with you – you never know when you’ll want to stop along the way to get food and water.

The Amazonas

The Peruvian Amazon is a thrilling place for adventure, the world’s largest rainforest, and one of the most authentically wild regions in the world.

It’s where you get to experience the ruggedness of nature without any filters. It’s where you go to be just a visitor of the nature, a spectator passing by the mighty rivers, the landscapes and the wildlife.

You will find incredible Amazon wildlife, all types of birds, rivers that snake their way through the biodiversity, impenetrable rainforests, polychromatic colors, indigenous communities, and exhilarating Technicolor birds.

You can visit Iquitos burrowed in the middle of the river, or visit the thick forests of Puerto Maldonado…You can explore, and learn, and understand the forces that make the rainforest what it is today.

Galapagos Islands

Sure, you might have visited islands before, zoos and national parks and thought it was a great experience… However, how does visiting the place that served as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution sound like?

The Galapagos Islands offer unparalleled wildlife and landscapes due to its unique untamed terrain…The place lacks any natural predators and it doesn’t take an evolutionary biologist to understand that this means you can find all types of species roaming freely. The wildlife do not view neither humans nor boats as predators making interacting with them so much easier.

You’ll find everything from sea tortoises to sea lions, and marina iguanas to frigate birds, these islands have it all. One moment you can be basking in the sun along black lava rocks, and the other you can be snorkeling in crystal clear waters playing along curious marine life. You can be walking along white sand beaches or hiking up volcanic rocks – you decide how you want your experience to be like.

Peru’s varied landscapes mixed with its cultural significance, terrains and climates offer an incredible mixture of things to do that suits the needs of every traveler. It’s an incredible country where the modern blends so beautifully, complimenting and contrasting, the ancient and the natural. Cities weaved into the middle of mountains, entire colonies built atop rivers, and volcanic cities next to normal modern ones are what make Peru unique.


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