7 Reasons to Visit Peru
There’s something fascinating about each place on Earth but Peru has one of the most unique gifts of all – a cultural and natural treasure that has been fascinating people for millenniums.Â Traveling between the mystical Andes and the legendary Amazonian jungle leads one to new human experiences. Here’s our pick for the 7 most fascinating things about Peru!
Thereâ€™s no secret to it, you can find world-class resorts and beaches mainly located south of Lima, Peruâ€™s capital. The most popular beaches are considered Punta Sal, El Silencio, Punta Hermosa, Santa MarÃa and Pucusana. Surfers will find paradise in one of Peruâ€™s top surfing spots such as Costa Verde, Herradura and Punta Rocas. Beaches in Peru cater to every taste, offering world-class inns, nautical clubs, plenty of entertainment opportunities, yachts and numerous restaurants.
2. The people
Peruvians are quite curious people mainly because of the fact that they havenâ€™t got to travel much, outside of their surroundings. They are known for being creative and hard-working people, trying to survive and cope with the countryâ€™s fragile economy. Most of them donâ€™t have time to travel and they havenâ€™t even been outside of their city or village, so you can imagine their interest when they meet tourists from abroad. They are friendly and peaceful, willing to help out in a delicate situation.
3. The cuisine
As a country with 8 different types of climates, Peru has one of the most varied cuisines you can come across. The dishes in Lima reflect the countryâ€™s history as a Spanish colonial port, so youâ€™ll taste a delicious mixture of Spaniard, African, Asian and Amerindian influences altogether. Many dishes will include rice or corn and potatoes. The Andean delicacy most tourists are reluctant to try, but which is often regarded as tender and juicy is guinea pig meat. There are also plenty of dishes including fish and seafood along the coast and in the jungle areas. If you have a weak stomach, then be cautious since most of the Peruvian dishes are very spicy and quite heavy.
4. The Andes
The Andes that run the entire length of South America, extending over seven countries encompass several fascinating ecosystems. Throughout the Peruvian mountains, youâ€™ll find many reminders of the Inca Empire than once ruled the lands. The Cordillera Blanca is one of the most popular ranges in Peru, with over 70 summits of over 18,000 feet. Most of these mountains are easily accessible, if one follows the regular routes. Hundreds of similar routes are being bolted every year so youâ€™re bound to find some challenging roads. You can also head down to see one of natureâ€™s most amazing sculptures â€“ the world’s deepest canyons, the CaÃ±Ã³n del Colca and CaÃ±Ã³n del Cotahuasi
5. The ancient ruins
Add the ancient Inca ruins, one of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world, to your list of must-visit places. The most popular attractions among tourists are especially the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The jewel of the northern highlands is another ancient civilization â€“ the city of Chan Chan, while the southern border attracts visitors with Lake Titicaca and the city of Puno. The Museo de la NaciÃ³n and Museo Rafael Larco Herrera in Lima hold most of the artifacts coming from these lost civilizations.
6. The handicrafts
Peru is also famous for the numerous, creative handicrafts that will really impress your friends. While you get a great souvenir, you also support traditions and help many families make a decent living. Youâ€™ll find everything from musical instruments to jewelry, from wall carpets to handmade pullovers and from wood carvings to traditional clothing. If itâ€™s too much for your budget, you can always bargain your way into a cheaper souvenir.
7. The drinks
If there’s anything Peru can take pride in, except the landscapes and food, itâ€™s the drinks â€“ the famous wines coming from the Pisco-Nasca area, and strong and tasty beer. The best part of all is that youâ€™ll always be served two drinks instead of one. Donâ€™t forget to try Inca kola, Peruâ€™s equivalent of Coca Cola or the Coca tea, a legal drink made form coca leaves perfect for adjusting to high altitudes. Thereâ€™s also emoliente â€“ a thick but refreshing tea or pisco sour, a sweet but strong drink containing egg whites.