If you’re heading to Peru, then it’s time to get excited as this smorgasbord of experiences that intricately combine ancient history, spiritual evolution, fantastic food and huge parties is a festival for all the senses. You’ve then got the huge outdoor playground comprised of giant sand dunes, rainforests, white water rafting, zip lines, bike trails, and paragliding.
With so much to explore in Peru you might want to consider heading over to G Adventures Peru Travel as a starting place for inspiration, when working out your itinerary, as the options for a short break in Peru are vast.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu draws visitors from across the globe to bask in its ancient splendor. The capital of Latin cooking that invokes a fusion of ingredients including tropical fruit, Amazonian chocolate, and fiery hot chillies draws its influence from Spanish, African and Asian cuisines.
With such an interesting and intriguing country, this article offers five things you’ll want to make sure you experience whilst in Peru.
Gastronomy in Lima
If you’re in Lima, then you should save some room in both your belly and your budget to indulge in one (or more) of the many gastronomic delights this city has to offer; where you’ll find an incredible array of international fusion restaurants.
Sand Buggying in Huacachina
You’ll need to head several hours south of Lima in the Pampa Desert, to access the world famous sand dune playground of Huacachina, where you’ll encounter high powered sand buggies that will propel you up unforeseen inclines, but of course, what goes up must come down – so be prepared, sand buggying is not for the faint-hearted.
Visting Machu Picchu
The trek to Machu Picchu is certainly an adventure, but it’s well worth the ten – fourteen day trek to the fabled lost city of the Inca’s, perched high above the Urubamba Valley. The spiritual side of this mystical sanctuary can feel a little dampened by the thwarts of tourists present, but for many, the journey to get there is what makes the trip so worthwhile.
Yanza, Umisha, Cortamonte
There’s a ritual known in the Andean highland as the “yunza”…”umisha” in the jungle… and “cortamonte” in the coastal region. The ritual forms the central focus of a number of carnivals where a tree is loaded with gifts and decorations, then when all the guests have arrived, everyone dances around the tree, then, the couple begin to chop at the tree with a machete. It might sound like a strange thing to recommend, but if you want to feel part of a carnival – rather than on the outside looking in – this is an incredibly welcoming option to explore.
Hike in the Cordillera
If you would like to hike through some of the most stunning scenery The Andes has to offer, then you’ll want to head to one of the most pristine and naturally beautiful regions of Peru, with deep blue lagoons, 33 significant snow capped peaks, and exquisite wild fauna.
Remember, this is just a little taste of what Peru has to offer. You could, of course, just turn up and see what happens – but to squeeze the most out of Peru, you’ll want to have some plans in place to experience the highlights you particularly want to visit.