Tourism is a funny thing, as it seems to move in waves with one destination or area being popular for a time and then moving on to another area. In terms of what is trending and what is popular with tourists right now, South America is definitely a location to take notice of. Tourists are absolutely flocking to the continent to take in its deserts, jungles, snow-capped mountains, coastlines, culture, and history.
Among the most popular countries in South America for tourism right now is Peru. If this is a destination you’ve been thinking of visiting, or you’ve just booked a trip to Peru, then you will want to ensure you make the absolute most of your stay. With that in mind, here are the top five must-see places in Peru that should be worked into your itinerary.
Lake Titicaca gives tourists the unique opportunity to visit a lake that sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Because of that you will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery you can possibly imagine. As detailed on tourist2traveler.com, it’s the largest lake in all of South America, and also holds the title as the highest navigable lake in the entire world.
If you’re looking to visit the lake, you can always take the train from Cusco to Puno, which will take you through some of the most rural areas in Peru on the way to the lake.
When you think of Peru, the destination of Machu Picchu is usually quick to come to mind. Not only is it a highlight in Peru, but it’s one of the most well-known attractions around the world. Machu Pichu is an archaeological site showcasing the Inca Empire. It sits 7,900 feet above sea level, making it an adventure to get to. Tourists must embark on the Inca Trail, of which there are three different difficulty levels. As well, only 200 hikers are allowed to visit the site per day, so you know you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Cusco is a city found in south eastern Peru, which once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Because of that, you will find a wide array of archaeological remains, as well as remains from Spanish colonial architecture. The entire city feels like a living breathing museum and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Of course, no visit to Peru would be complete without a stop in Lima. This is the capital of Peru and is situated on the Pacific coast. While this is a bustling city filled with all the signs of city life, it’s also filled with historical sites, including the colonial center of the city.
No Shortage of Options in Peru
This is just a small handful of what Peru has to offer. There is also Chachapoyas, which is extremely remote and takes two days to get to by backpacking, a visit to the second deepest canyon in the world, which is Colca Canyon, and Arequipa, which is a high-altitude city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Peru is simply brimming with adventures, site-seeing, and culture, and history to discover.