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Must see places in Peru - Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Titicaca

Updated on November 30, 2011

Peru - A Magical Destination

The first thing people think of when they hear Peru is of course Machu Picchu - the forgotten city of Inca, situated on a mountain top in the subtropical Andean highlands with an astonishing view of the surroundings. But Peru is much more then Forgotten Machu Picchu, here you can explore Cuzco, the capital of the Inca empire, enjoy the villages and ruins in the Sacred Valley, see the condor in the Colca Canyon and see the beautiful Colca Valley, visit Uros-people on the floating islands of the Lake Titicaca , see the Nazca Lines and explore the Amazon rain forest with its amazing nature.

Wanna go trekking?

One of the best and most well known is the Inca Trail treks to Macchu Picchu. It is a 4-day hike which takes you up to an altitude of over 4000 metres. Along the way, you can visit many Inca ruins and you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Andes mountain ranges. Of course, when you on fourth day get up early and arrive at the Sun Gate, you will have a magical view of Machu Picchu when the sun rises.

The Jungle In Peru

There are many options for those wishing to explore the Peruvian jungle. In Iquitos in the north, it is popular to make cruises on the Amazon River, not far from Iquitos you find the beginning of this legendary river and there are also jungle huts in the surroundings where you can stay and make day trips into the jungle. Perhaps an even better option for those who want to live in jungle huts and do a three or four day program in the jungle is the Tambopata-jungle. It is less exploited than the Amazon jungle, so you have the chance to see even more animals. Moreover, it has a privileged location only a short flight from Cuzco, and there are many nice jungle cabins to choose from.

Around Cusco there are many adventurous activities. One popular activity is a full day of mountain biking where you visit the salt mines of Moray and terrace cultivation in Mora. One can also do white-water rafting, high standard of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. In addition, there are more hikes you can do, including Lares, Choquequirao and Huchuy Qosqo.

Lake Titicaca

On Lake Titicaca, the world's most highly located lake, you will find the spectacular islands of Uros, Taquile and Amantani. The Uros-islands is built on reeds and the Uros people have lived on their floating reed for centuries. On the islands of Taquile and Amantani many people choose to experience something unique and spend the night in a typical family's home on the islands. There are no hotels but the inhabitants have a rotating schedule of who is receiving visitors at home and serve food and other items. It's a very special experience, but be prepared that the standard is not as high for obvious reasons. You will eat with the family and in the evening they will be dancing with the rest of the village and during the day you can explore these beautiful islands and take a closer look on how the original inhabitants live here with their agriculture and their livestock.

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon is the world's second deepest canyon, deeper than the Gran Canyon, and here you can also go for walks. One popular option is a walk where you on the first day makes a descent of about 2000 feet, straight down into the Colca Canyon until you reach the Colca river at the bottom. They then spend the night in an oasis near some hot springs. On the second day it’s time to hike up again as a tough hike awaits when you make a steep climb. It's a very rewarding hike with beautiful views of the Colca Canyon.

Etreme sports in Peru

If you are interested in mountain climbing and other extreme sports, Huaraz is a perfect place to start. Huaraz are interspersed between the huge mountain ranges Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra and has breathtaking views of the city. In the area around Huaraz, there are many different walks you can do and even rock climbing, mountain biking, and more. You can also visit the ancient Chavin culture and its cultural and religious center of Chavin de Huantar (which today consists of well-preserved ruins) and the beautiful lagoon of Llanganuco.


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      lejonkung 5 years ago

      Haha thanks for your kind comment!

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      William Benner 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Peru is always a place I wanted explore and you hub did a great job in taking me there! You should be a travel agent!

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      Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      I enjoyed that. Give me something about the Incas. I love the Incas.

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      Thank you Derdriu for great feedback! My favorite is Titicaca with it's amazing nature. It must bee one of the coolest places in the world!

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Lejonkung: What a clear, compelling, concise presentation of some of the many reasons for visiting the ancient sites and natural beauties of Peru! It is so amazing how the terracing of Machu Picchu is so high and so close to the cliff edges. It also is so impressive how the Gate of the Sun at Lake Titicaca is so beautifully carved and perfectly chiseled.

      Thank you for all the details, voted up, etc.,


      P.S. Which site is your favorite?