You have probably heard or read a gush of enthusiastic reviews on Machu Picchu, but this is not the end. There is so much to do and see in Peru and much of its touristic potential still remains relatively untapped .You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy all wonders of this mysterious country. We are here to share our list of the most amazing travel spots in Peru.
Lima is the second driest world capital and is situated in the central coastal part of the Peru. This sophisticated metropolis deserves time for exploration. The civilization of the city dates back millennia. Full of aesthetic delights Lima is also a capital with culinary genius. Museums and galleries represent only a part of the country’s history, which is best perceived when you slow down. Lima easily radiates the glory it has garnered over centuries and pulses with modern tropical beats at the same time.
Pisac is a typical Andean town with a popular weekly fair. The place is also famous for Incan built terraces on the mountainside. The archaeological site of the same name is a perfect place for hiking and off-the-beaten-track exploration. The Sacred Valley or Urbamba is for the travellers who seek for peace and quiet away from the massive crowds of tourists. For hungry people Pisac has its local delicacy: Guinea pig. Some people claim that it tastes like chicken, but it depends on your past culinary experiments.
While Lima boasts its share of historical sites, Cuzco is probably the brightest representative of Andean culture influenced cities. The food and the colorful ethnic dresses of the locals will recreate the traditions, which date back centuries.
Most celebrations in Peru are likely to take place in Cuzco, which turn the city into a crowded party. Here you can watch the local women keeping pet llamas and buy ethnic pieces of clothes from them, taste coca tea, which is made of coca leaves: the stuff cocaine’s made from, but of course it won’t influence you more than the otherworldly landscapes. Cuzco is a source of cultural energy of the Americas and a dazzling and spectacular place to explore.
Ollantaytambo is a short train ride from Aguas Calientes, which is the closest destination to Machu Picchu and there are usually crowds of tourists who come here for a night stay before they head to the archaeological site. This quiet village is near two impressive Inca ruins with well-preserved cobblestone streets, which have been inhabited since the 13th century. Irrigation channels, narrow byways are a perfect place to avoid the crowds heading to Machu Picchu and go hiking or biking. The town is nestled between Cuzco and the jungle and suffers from the absence of alternative roads to avoid the disruptive effect of the busses which pass through the main street. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans to solve this problem yet.