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Places to See in Peru

Lima

The capital city used to be a dirty city nobody wanted to visit but these days it is a modern city and has a lot to entertain a visitor. Miraflores is a popular area to be based with some good hotels to choose from. Barranco is becoming fashionable too. Museo de Larco is excellent and there are some fine restaurants to try.

Cusco

Many tourists are drawn to Cusco due to nearby Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. However, Cusco itself does have a lot of history to it and therefore many places of interest to visit for a few days; plenty of museums, churches , markets and nearby ruins. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu can also be visited as day trips from Cusco if you don’t want to spend long at either of them, although we recommend you maximise your time at these destinations if possible. Every June 24th Inti Raymi Festival takes place in Cusco and the streets come alive with traditional colourful costumes and music. Corpus Christi Day is also a colourful event.

Sacred Valley

An hour or so from Cusco, depending on where in the Valley you are heading, the Sacred Valley is a lovely spot to relax or be more active. It is also a good idea to stay here when you first arrive as it is slightly lower in altitude than Cusco so helps with acclimatisation. Activities in this area can include rafting, mountain biking, hiking, visit local markets and riding. These can generally be done in areas where you can see local Inca sites and villages eg Pisac, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray.

Machu Picchu

This needs no introduction as pretty much everyone visiting Peru will plan a visit here! Machu Picchu can be reached by train (varying levels of comfort) or you can walk there either on a short Inca Trail, the traditional Inca Trail or on one of the other alternative options eg Mountain Lodges of Peru Salkantay Trek. However you get there, it is difficult to fail to be impressed by the majestic site.

Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Arequipa is a pretty colonial city famous in the valley at the foot of El Misti Volcano. One of the more famous attractions of Arequipa is the Santa Catalina Convent where 450 nuns used to live in total seclusion. Colca Canyon is an impressive area and accessed from Arequipa. Condors fly and you can admire the small villages scattered along both sides of the canyon. Most people spend a couple of nights in the Colca area and it can also be linked to Lake Titicaca by road.

Lake Titicaca

This famous lake stretches between the border of Peru and Bolivia. Puno is the main town on the shore of the lake on the Peruvian side. The main attraction in the area is the lake and the islands on it. Taquile, Uros and Amantani are most visited.

The Amazon

Most people think of Brazil when they think of Amazon but it does stretch into Peru. In fact the Amazns source is in Peru! There are three main areas of Amazon in Peru; Iquitos, Manu and Tambopata. Iquitos is accessed by flight from Lima and there are some excellent cruise options in the area. It is also the only area in Peru where you can see river dolphins. For lodge stays the Tambopata area is better with good selection of choice and varying levels of comfort. Tambopata is reached by flight to Puerto Maldonado and then a boat trip to your chosen lodge. Wherever you end up staying you are sure to see many birds, monkeys, sloth, snakes and if you are really lucky you may even spot a jaguar or giant river otters!

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