Peru is a tourist destination anyone and everyone will love. Thanks to Peru’s many diverse micro-climates and geography, it’s possible to go from tropical jungle to high-alpine terrain in just a few hours. Additionally, Peru’s multi-cultural diversity can be seen and felt in the museums, monuments, and natural wonders that fill every city and pueblo. For these reasons, there is no better destination to explore this 2017 than the rich and varied landscapes of Peru. Here are some of the best Peru destinations and attractions to visit this new year:
Tourist Attractions in Cusco
Cusco is the ultimate destination for tourism in Peru. Sure, a modern day wonder of the world is located here but there are also many other attractions to enjoy, including its great landscapes, adventure opportunities, and more. Here’s our recommendations for must-visit places in Cusco:
Sacred Valley of the Incas
The Sacred Valley of the Incas contains numerous rivers, each descending into the ravines and small valleys located there, making for some prime canoeing adventures. It’s the place to go to wander a handful of archaeological monuments and indigenous towns, like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and to tour Moray. During the time of the Incas, the valley was appreciated for its geographical location and climate.
Via Ferrata in Cusco
If you’re new to rock climbing, the via ferrata is a great, safe option. It’s ideal for those who wish to have the experience of climbing without the know-how to do so.
Considered one of the seven modern wonders, this ancient Andean settlement was built in the 15th century as a residence and religious sanctuary. Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. There are multiple ways to reach it. Reach out an Explorandes Travel Specialist to explore your options.
If you don’t have a lot of time but you’d still like to visit Machu Picchu, the train is a great option. This is the traditional way to visit Machu Picchu. You can board in Cusco and the journey takes approximately 3 hours.
The Inca Trail
If you’re more of an adventurer, do the Inca Trail Trek. You’ll start at kilometer 88 on the railway line towards the Convention Valley, walking a total of four days and 39.6 kilometers from there.
“The White City” as it is known, Arequipa is another popular tourist destination in Peru. The region is known for its stunning architecture, monuments, and volcanoes, many of which offer a number of different recreational activities. Some destinations you should visit in Arequipa include:
The Cathedral Basilica
This basilica was built with volcanic stone and brick. It’s considered the main sanctuary of the city, occupying the entire north side of the Plaza de Armas.
The San Lázaro Neighborhood
This was the first barrio, or neighborhood, in Arequipa, once home to 40 families. The neighborhood was built before the founding of the white city. It’s a very attractive tourist destination for travelers to Arequipa.
There’s more to Arequipa than its grandiose architecture. The region also has a number of different tourist attractions including:
The Yanahuara Viewpoint
This viewpoint gives you a great perspective on the city of Arequipa, offering you a panoramic view of the city and volcanoes (Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu) that surround.
Yura Hot Springs
Yura is a very famous destination for tourists. Located about 27 kilometers from the city in the foothills of the Chachani volcano, the springs are best known for their therapeutic properties. There are 18 thermal baths, enough space to accommodate the large crowds of tourists that visit each year.
Tourist Attractions in Lima
The capital of Peru is another important tourist destination, especially for those who who enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities and extreme sports. Some of the main attractions are:
Surf in Lima
Lima is one of Peru’s best places to surf thanks to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The beaches of Lima offer the perfect panorama while you surf. If you don’t know how to surf, there are classes available. Don’t miss this unforgettable activity.
If you love animals and wildlife, this is your tourist destination. The Ballestas Islands are home to a large number of marine species. A tour will bring you up close to sea lions, seals, dolphins, and Humboldt penguins.
As you can see, Peru contains multiple tourist options for all kinds of travelers. Do not pass up this opportunity to visit an amazing country this 2017. If you’d like to know prices for these attractions, please contact us.