Every country is unique and has something to offer, but Peru stands with its head high above the crowd. Experience a variety of landscapes such as beaches, lakes, jungles, mountain ranges and deserts – all within the southern part of one country. On top of that, this country in the south of the equator is famous for its handcrafts which include instruments, paintings, jewelery, and more, but what truly stands out are the exquisite and colourful patterns Peruvians weave to create scarves, jumpers, bags, wall decorations an more. It is highly unlikely you will come back home empty-handed.
Aside from the obvious reason why people visit Nazca – to fly and get a bird’s eye view of the famous lines – this small town in the middle of the desert has so much more to offer.
Located just four hours driving distance from Lima, the capital of Peru, Huacachina has everything an adventurer could ask for. Spend your days and nights surrounded by gigantic sand dunes lining the clear skies. Sand board in the morning and drink local white wine at Tacama Hacienda, the oldest winery in South America in the afternoon. Swim in the warm waters of the Oasis of America to finish off the day.
Most people head to Iquitos in search for adventures in the Amazon Rainforest. However, Puerto Maldonado has a lot to offer as well and is much closer to Machu Picchu. Hop on a typical Amazonas boat and explore the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. Go to Isla de los Monos to spend some time with wild monkeys that roam about freely and commit the occasional robbery (no, seriously, guard your belongings!
Just a short boat ride away (plus a hike!) is the Sandoval Lake, where you can bathe in its waters and see a variety of wildlife such as macaws, parrots and Giant Otters.
Buses are the cheapest way to travel Peru and in general, they are quite comfy.
Flying is another option if you are limited on time as bus rides can take quite a while due to the Andes mountains. All the cities mentioned in the article have national airports.
Updated: May 30, 2015