Peru is often touted as a South American wonderland – a land of stunning natural beauty, spectacular wildlife and ancient cultures steeped in history. But, what exactly does this country have to offer tourists? What makes Peru so special? And how can you experience the magic of Peru without having to travel all the way to the South American country?
Peru is a country in South America, which is home to a large section of Amazon rainforests and the legendary Machu Picchu, an old Incan citadel high in the Andes Mountains. The central region around Machu Picchu, consisting of the Sacred Valley, Cusco and several other colonial cities, is rich in archeological sites. On the well-protected Peruvian arid Pacific Coast is Lima, the capital, with a maintained colonial center and extensive collections of pre-Columbian art. Here are some must-see sites to see while you’re in Peru:
Machu Picchu is the world famous Lost City of the Incas and is located in the southern region of Peru near the border with Bolivia and Peru. Legend has it that the Lost City was discovered by a Spanish explorer while he was looking for a good spot to cross over the dangerous Andes ranges on his way to South America. In legend, he ended up overlooking the ruins of the lost city, which lies on a mountain peak in the southern region of the country. Today, you can visit Machu Picchu and experience the stunning beauty of the Inca citadel.
If you like to tour historical sites then you need to see the Inca citadel of Cusco. It is considered to be the largest ruined city in South America and has been visited by thousands of travelers and history lovers. The main tourist draw is the “Pipe Canyon,” where you will see spectacular scenery and incredible scenery. To the north are the ruins of Machu Picchu with their mysterious captivating settings. The “Daman Bay” is another beautiful site with stunning views of the sea and picturesque villages.
Arequipa is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Situated in the heart of Cusco, it is the perfect place to take a day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a quiet, beautiful setting. One of the main attractions of Arequipa is its Mayan heritage temples which are notable for their intricate carvings and paintings. The main temple is “Tambomachay,” which was built during the time of the Inca.
When you visit Lima you can tour the beautiful Church of the Holy Cross located on the Way of the Cross. The entire downtown area is lined with beautiful bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The locals are very welcoming and will make you feel right at home. There are even tours of the city that you can take as part of your Peru South America travel.
In Huaynaquitu there is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of South America. Located in the town of Bahia de Banaras you can lay back on the beach and enjoy the tranquility that only a city located so near the Pacific can provide. You can take a boat ride down the beautiful Wuyi River that flows through the city. The nightlife in Huaynaquitu is lively and you will not be disappointed by the variety of clubs and places to go.
If you want to experience the true beauty of Peru South America then you must include the cities of Pucor, Ollantaytambo, and Tarrazu in your list. Each of these cities offers a different style of shopping, a unique dining experience, and a beautiful nightlife. You will not want to leave the city of Huaynaquitu once you have been to all three!