Exploring Peru and Service – 9 Must-See, Must-Try Things, Places & Foods to Experience in Peru

 

Peru is one of the most magical places on earth, and that’s not even an exaggeration! From world famous attractions like the Nasca Lines, to the coolest archaeological find ever – the lost city of Inca, and from the snow-capped majestic Alps to 3000 species of potatoes to the purest form of chocolate, to dazzling, intriguing non-stop partying festivals, Peru is breathtaking and fascinating.

It is the bugdet-minded traveler’s dream destination as where else can you take pictures with vicunas, alpacas and llamas and get lost in the thickness of Amazon forests, or go wild at the sight of pink river dolphins?
With over 90 types of micro-climates, this land of the Incans has one of the most diverse climates on the planet. So, go surfing at the world’s longest waves, lose yourself in the world’s highest sand dunes at the Nasca Lines and eat purple corn as you’re blown away at the magnificence if the deepest canyon in the world.

Welcome to Peru!

We have charted out 9 of the best places to visit, with fun things to do and scrumptious things to eat while on Peruvian soil.

Read and be enthralled.

Best Places to Visit – 1. Machu Picchu

The quintessential destination on every single South America travel bucket list, Machu Picchu is one those places that must be seen before you die. Rooted in facts and an enigmatic history, with intriguing rumours and interesting legends, the lost city of the Incans was found after lying undiscovered for hundreds of years. Hiram Bingham was an American explorer who found the Incan citadel on July 24, 1911. Revered as one of the most famous architectural and archaeological monuments, Machu Picchu was built as a palace for Emperor Pachacuti.

The lost city of the Incans is also considered as one of the new seven wonders of the world. You can hike along the Inca Trail and take in some if the most breathtaking landscapes you could ever see, or take the luxurious Hiram Bingham train if you’re not up for walking all the way, and leisurely take in the stunning lush views, which include the inimitable tooth-shaped mountain, the Huayna Picchu, standing behind the Incan citadel.

Fun Things to Do – 2. Bird Watching at the Colca Canyon

Grand Canyon is world famous for its sheer depth and magnitude. But did you know that the Colca Canyon is TWICE as deep as the Grand Canyon? Though it does not have as steep walls, it is spectacular in its own right.

The Colca Canyon harbours the Andean Condor, which is a huge bird with a wingspan of nearly 3.2 meters. It is considered as one of the largest birds in the world. And the best part? You can have a magical experience by watching these beautiful creatures up close.

Scrumptious Foods to Eat & Drink – 3. Cerviche

Peru’s eclectic culinary scene is getting the global recognition it deserves, with wheat-avoiding folks gorging on the super healthy quinoa everywhere. This delicious seafood staple could easily be the official national dish of the land of the Incans. Peruvian chefs soak raw fish in citrus juices and leave it aside as the acidity if the juic works its way on the fish, lending it a beautiful flavour and a chewy texture.

Ceviche is typically spiced with aji pepper and red onions, and is best eaten at lunch with a side of sweet potato.

Best Places to Visit – 4. The Nazca Lines

A group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs that have been etched into sand for over a 1000 sq. kms, the Nazca lines look very cool, almost like wall graffiti, except on sand and with immense historical significance. With over 300 figures of animals and plants, with simple geometric patterns and stylised images, and comprised of more than 10000 lines, this awe-inspiring site is best viewed by air, or from nearby hilltops.

You can easily find tour operators who will take you up to see the Nazca culture’s footprint for a nominal fee.

Fun Things to Do – 5. Go Sandboarding or Dune Buggy Riding at the Desert of Huacachina

It looks like something straight out of the Sahara Desert but Huacachina is a relatably small oasis village in the southwestern Peruvian province.
Tourists are attracted to this dry desert that has loads of water pumped to it from the city of Ica, nearby. It is a cool place to visit and you can have a lot of unforgettable fun by sandboarding and taking buggy rides across sandy dunes.

Scrumptious Foods to Eat & Drink – 6. Aji de Gallina

A delectable Peruvian classic dish that is made with the popular bright yellow aji amarillo peppers, Aji de gallina is sunshine yellow, a tad spicy and an incredibly rich chicken stew. This velvety stew is made with chicken and condensed milk with a creamy walnut sauce, and is served over white bread, that has been de-crusted, or with rice, black olives and yellow potatoes, boiled.

Best Places to Visit 7. – The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and it is famous for various reasons. From being the highest navigable lake in the world to being the home of the Uru people, an indigenous pre-Incan tribe that resides on floating islands, which are made up of dried reeds, multiple times and drift over the huge lake. The original reason for the floating islands to be built was a defence strategy against the Incans.

You can go for varied tours of these amazing islands and even stay with local families and gorge on mouth-watering Peruvian cuisine, and truly experience the fun of residing in a floating island.

Fun Things to Do 8. – Celebrate with Peruavian Festivals

The people of Peru love to celebrate as they have a festival for nearly everything! From weeks of water fights and dazzling fiestas in the Carnaval to the celebrations of Cajamarca with feasting, partying, dancing and parades in the months of Februaru and March, to the Fiesta de la Vendimia which is a festival of fruits and has grape-stomping, to the Semanta Santa, the religious festival of Peru that has spectacular processions every day, enjoying the festivals of Peru would be an incredible, unforgettable experience.

Scrumptious Things to Eat & Drink 9. – Chicha Morada

Chicha Morada is a refreshing, unique Peruvian drink that is made by using purple corn or Maiz morado as it is called in Spanish. Purple corn is a native food of Peru and its history goes back to the Incan times. It boasts of many health benefits, with a decreased risk of heart disease and a lower blood pressure at the top of the list.

The thirst-quenching, intriguing non-alcoholic purple drink is made by boiling the corn with cinnamon, cloves, sugar and skin of pineapple.

Deliciously sweet, with hint of spice, Chicha Morada is the one drink that you simply must try before leaving Peru.

EXPLORING PERU AND SERVICE

Peru is a country known for its tourism, fishing and mining. Tourism is mostly based on archeological tourism, ecotourism, cultural tourism, adventure tourism, beach tourism, gastronomic tourism. According to a Peruvian Government report, the survey concludes about 94% of tourism are satisfied and would want to visit the tourist sites once again.

These are the top tours that you need to list in your bucket list. This is because they are worth your time.

Luxury tour
If you are interested in having fun after a long working year, then this tour is meant for you. You can enjoy your trip in most luxurious hotels, which you will never find in any other country.

Macho Picchu
It is also known for its archeological wonders. This place is located in the Andes Mountain. It has history which some tend to think it’s mythical and other facts. It also has ancient trails of the Incas that one can get a chance to explore. Machu Picchu was first built as military fortress, this explains its location, and they could be able to see their enemies coming. Later it became the Inca royalty home. If you think this story is pretty amazing then you need to get the whole story by coming to this place. You can travel to this place through the luxurious coach, the Hiram Bingham train. There are 5 star hotels that one can stay in including the one that is on the top of the mountain close to Machu Picchu.

Lima
We all know Lima as the capital city of Peru but it is more than that. It has a rich history, the fact that it was founded by the Spanish in 1535. Lima has many historical sites including old churches, Spanish palaces, one of the oldest universities in America. It is a city that has well-coordinated the past and the present of Lima. Gastronomic tourism is also major in this area thanks to their unique and exceptional food. It is also known for its culture and lovely night. Their day is the night for many of us. You can hire a limousine to enjoy Lima at night. It also has good scenic views such as the beaches. Most 5 star hotels and restaurants are located in this area to explore the view. It also has 5 star hotels on the edge of the cliff overlooking Pacific Ocean. This definitely stirs up your adrenaline.

Adventure Tours

Iquitos
This city is known for its inaccessibility. Accessing this place is adventure by itself. You can only access this place by plane or boat. It is on the North Eastern side of Peru, on the bank of the famous Amazon River. There are many animal orphanages, nature reserve and butterfly farms. There is also tour guide companies that can give you a guide to the Iquitos city. And if you are interested on exploring the Amazon River, then you can hire a boat and a guide.

Nazca desert
A desert plateau along the northern Pacific coast. It is located in between two towns that is, Nazca and Palpa. It is famous for the Nazca lines that actually look like spiders, human figures, lizards and monkey. Thanks to the stable climate the lines have never been covered on. There is usually tour agent flights that offer you the chance to view this mysterious lines. If you are scared of flights, then you can view it through the observation tower in Pan American highway. The disadvantage is that, you only see 3 of the figure lines.

Cultural tourism
Most of the tourist sites in Peru can still be categorized as cultural tourism. This includes Machu Picchu. But here are some of the cultural tourism site.

The Sacred Valley
It is known for once being the home of Inca royal family. It is a valley in Andes, it is very close to Machu Picchu and Cusco. The reason why the Inca royalty had occupied was because of strategic location and the climatic qualities. In this place you are able to study the Inca culture. It has several Inca villages and cities. Some archeological remains are also found in this area.

Cusco
Your tour is not complete without visiting Cusco. It is known for being the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco is one of the most visited tourist site in Peru. It has many preserved building that date back in time. It is also a good site for educational tour. It vividly shows the difference in the architectural design of the Inca and Spanish people. It has good scenic view that you might like to explore. It has restaurants and cafes where one can eat from. It also has this main square, Plaza de Armas where you and your loved one can have a walk.