Whether you’re journeying across the magnificent Andes or admiring the vast Amazonian jungle, Peru offers a truly unique culture and landscape making it a fascinating holiday destination. Holidays to Peru are encapsulating, with various destinations across the country steeped in history and mystery alike. With so much depth to both scenery and history, holidays to Peru ensure that there is always something new to uncover and learn. Let’s take a look at some of the locations which are sure to leave you astounded.
1: Chavin de Huantar
Chavin de Huantar is located in the city of Huarez which is around 250miles from Peru’s capital city, Lima. However those who make the long outward journey won’t be disappointed. Chavin de Huantar is a 3000 year old archaeological site packed with interesting artefacts such as the fifteen foot Lanzon graphite stone monument which is etched with human and animal faces. Visitors may also want to get a closer look at other interesting rarities in the Lima and Chavin de Huantar museums.
2: Nazca Lines
In order to get a look at the unusual Nazca lines you will have to take to the skies on a plane tour as the scale of the images are so large that they are not entirely visible at ground level. This in itself makes them highly mysterious! The drawings are carved into the coastal areas of the Nazca desert in southern Peru. The purpose and origins of images, several of which include animals and geometric shapes, are unknown and therefore you can let your mind run wild as you come to your own conclusions.
3: Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is home to some of the world’s most well kept and interesting ruins. The area is poised upon a flat area of mountain high above the Urubamba River Gorge. The ruins here include masterful stonework of Colombian Inca temples. This area holds a unique history as it was left abandoned and untouched during the Spanish conquest. The reason for this is because on a select few knew of Machu Picchu’s existence! Machu Picchu was unearthed during 1911 by explorer Hiram Bingham and has been a popular tourist location ever since. Holidays to Peru aren’t complete without experiencing this dramatic location.
4: The Amazon Rainforest
Covering nine South American countries, with Peru being one of them, the Amazon Rainforest stretches over 3900 miles and is larger than Europe. It is accompanied by equally notorious Amazon River which in total is over 1000 miles long. Fortunately one of the two major airports which allow best access to the Amazon is based in Iquitos, Peru. Obviously the Amazon is not easy to navigate and the best way to get the most out of your trip there is to go on one of the many Amazon cruises. Clearly one of the major attractions of the Amazon is the wildlife and sure enough you’re likely to catch glimpses of many jungle animals. The best time to visit is between May and November as this is the driest time of the year.
5: Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca based near the town of Puna and sits beautifully on the Bolivian border. It is the highest lake that’s navigable lake in the world at over 12,000 feet high. Here you’ll be able to visit ancient ruins on The Island of the Sun as well as the mesmerising Chinkana labrynth. Navigate between the 41 islands and you’ll also get to witness many local festivities, jump on board a traditional reed boat and even tour some of the man made floating islands. All whilst looking out upon the snow-capped Andean mountains.