One of the most notable aspects of Peru, that the culture seeking traveler will appreciate, is that many of the ancient customs and traditions are still widely practiced by the Quechuan people of Peru. Quechua is the second largest indigenous language that is used. Even if you’re traveling on the traditional tourist track (going from tourist spot to tourist spot) you’ll still see people from rural communities in their traditional garb going about their business. In the Sacred Valley, many Quechuan people come down to cities for staple items like salt and sugar.
History seeking travelers will find some very unique things to see throughout Peru. The water systems and network of roads between towns are examples of this. Even in Machu Picchu, you’ll witness how the water travels through the city. The spectrum of history Peru has preserved is also impressive, and with the tourism industry growing, more and more travelers are able to experience it. Another aspect of the diverse history is that Peru’s geography covers such different climates and territories: from Alpine regions to Amazon forests, to deserts and dunes, down to coastal cities and ports.
Adventure seeking travelers can check out all the outdoor activities like sand boarding, dune buggy-ing, hot-air balloon riding, surfing, trekking, whitewater rafting, and so on. The options are exhaustive, which is great for those that need that extra adrenaline rush to make their trip complete. Many of the activities cater to all ages, and activity levels, which is great for those who would like to try a few but are not big thrill seekers.
And resort seeking travelers can also find some very nice spots throughout Peru, even some that are quite luxurious. As mentioned before, tourism is growing and more resorts are popping up every day. So, if your happy place is lounging on beach chairs, sipping on cocktails, and enjoying 5-star meals you can find that in Peru too.
Peru’s Top Beaches
Peru has over 1000 kms of beachfront and some amazing waves for those who surf, but there are plenty of seaside resorts to host a relaxing vacation too.
- Colan Beach
- Cabo Blanco
- Punta Sal
Peru’s Top Destination Cities
- Lake Titcaca
- Cusco and the Sacred Valley
- Machu Picchu
- Iquitos (Amazon jungle)
- Los Oganos
- Los Pocitas
Unique things to do in Peru
- See Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley (of course!)
- Visit the Nazca lines
- Enjoy bird watching
- Head in to the amazon
- Go white knuckle white water rafting
- Try mountain biking
- Watch the salt harvesting
Dressing for Peru can really vary due to the varied climatic zones. There are three main regions: 1) the coast which is subtropic, warm, sunny, and with little rainfall, but humid; 2) the Andean mountain range (highlands) is a cool climate with rainy summers and very dry winters; 3) the Amazon Rainforest which is hot tropical weather with rain.
If you are planning to visit all three regions then you’ll want to pack clothing for each climate zone. And for those unfamiliar with South America, central heat is not common. In order to stay warm indoors you’ll need to layer up. Also, pack a down jacket for the Andean mountains. In the evening, the temperature can drop to below zero even in the summer.
When to Go
December to February
September to November, and March to May
June to August
Did you know…?
In Peru there are more than 3,000 known orchids species, many of which bloom around Machu Picchu.
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