With the great British unpredictable weather bathing us in glorious sunshine one moment and pelting us with torrential downpours the next, one can’t help but consider jetting off somewhere beautiful, this year.
If you’re into breath-taking views, desert oases, and a country as historically interesting as it is visually stunning, Peru could be the ideal place for you. Here are some of the best things to experience whilst enjoying your getaway in Peru.
Take a Hike
Hiking isn’t for everyone, however I’m certain that witnessing the Colca Canyon’s divine scenery will be something you will not want to miss. Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the American Grand Canyon and, as keen bird watchers will tell you, it is one of the rare homes of the Andean Condor, which has the largest wingspan of any land bird (3.2 metres) as well as other rather spectacular local wildlife.
Both trekking and sightseeing tours can be booked from the close-by city of Arequipa. Tours will take you through dizzying altitudes, as well as the volcano country (don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe) before the descent reveals the lush, abundant Colca Valley below.
Come Fly With Me
By all accounts, flying over the Nazca Lines is quite an experience. The Lines are ancient Geoglyphs depicting a range of images, from geometric patterns to outlines of animals.
There are a great many theories as to how and why the Geoglyphs were created, however the Nazca Lines remain shrouded in mystery. When viewed from the air, one can’t help but be overcome with awe and wonder at these beautiful and peculiar markings.
Any conversation about Peru just wouldn’t be the same without mentioning the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu. It is, of course, a very well documented and photographed destination, but however many photos and films you see, the magic of the pyramids with their many steps simply cannot be captured on film.
Discovered in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu remains one of the most visited holiday destinations. It can be a bit of a trek to get to, along the Inca trail, but experiencing the spectacular views, as well as the aura of ancient history, is definitely worth it.
Rock the Float
Lake Titicaca’s floating islands are famed the world over. The indigenous Uros tribe, whom call the islands home, in fact pre-date the Incas.
It is advisable to book a tour around the islands and allow the local guides to impart their great and interesting knowledge of this wondrous historical landmark.
These are by no means the only attractions that Peru has to offer. Cities such as Lima boast great food, museums and fantastic hospitality. There are also quaint mountain villages, beautiful beaches, as well as access to explore the Amazon rainforest, to name but a few.
Whatever you look for in a holiday destination – whether it be fun in the sun, interesting tours to build your knowledge, or rest and relaxation – Peru has it. Why not start planning your adventure today?