It is without a doubt that Peru is South America’s gateway to very many unforgettable interior adventures. The country is nicknamed “The Land of Incas” and “The Empire of the Sun”. You’ll find Peru amazing, from its rich flora and fauna life to the historical and archaeological sites like the world-famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. You will also love Peru’s diversified foods, trek its unusual Andes mountain peaks or hiking in the dense Amazonian jungles. Here we go…
Enjoy the Unique Peruvian Food
Peru’s capital, Lima has the most varied food in the world. Its preparation is one of the most important parts of the Peruvian culture and a very personal way to express the Peruvian identity. Lima, as the gastronomical capital of Latin America, treats its visitors to the best culinary treasures as you can be able to taste a variety of the Peruvian cuisine in the abundant city restaurants.
The Peruvian cuisine combines the pre-Inca and Inca staples and food with the Spanish, Basque, African, Asian and French, Italian and British cuisine. The most enjoyed foods include the Peruvian sandwiches like Sanguche sandwich, Butifara country ham sandwich, Triple sandwich (Avocado, Tomato and eggs), Lima Salchipapas, the typical Peruvian soups like Aguadito de Pollo (Peruvian chicken cilantro soup), Sopa Criolla (Peruvian beef and noodle soup), and Chupe de Camarones (thick Peruvian shrimp soup from Arequipa).
You might also enjoy the Peruvian salsas accompanied by local sauces like the Salsa Criolla (onion-chilli relish), Salsa de Rocoto (Hot Pepper Sauce) and Salsa Huancaina (Spicy Peruvian cheese sauce). Peruvian main courses include, Lomo saltado (sautéed beef tenderloin), Ají de Gallina (Spicy Chicken Stew), Pachamanca (a pre-Hispanic earth oven cuisine), Papa Rellena (filled potatoes), and Tacu tacu (pan-fried rice and beans flat cake)!
For beverages and drinks, you’ll love the Peruvian Pisco Sour (an alcoholic cocktail), Pisco (the national drink), Peruvian Chilcano cocktail, Cremolada (frozen fruit drink), Chicha de Jora (Beer-like drink from the Andes) or the non-alcoholic Limonada Peruana and Chicha Morada.
Go Sandboarding in the highest sand dunes in the world!
This should be one of your best highlights of Peru. Just four hours’ drive from Lima to Huacachina should entitle you to the most exciting sandboarding experience ever! If you have always got used to snowboarding, this time, Peru offers you an incredible sandboarding experience you’ve never imagined of! Sandboarding is very popular in a village called Huacachina and there are several sandboarding companies and one of them is called Sandride Snowboarding which operates on a small section of desert.
Trek the Andean Inca Trail to the Machu Picchu Ruins
The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in the Andes mountains and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. With its 43km length, the trail combines a beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud forests, subtropical jungles and a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, archaeological sites, ancient ruins, and tunnels. Your final destination is the world’s most coveted ruins; the Machu Picchu known as the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”.
You can decide to take on the Classic 4-day Inca Trail trek that starts from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and then trek high up into the mountains passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca before finally arriving at Machu Picchu for sunrise on the 4th day of the trek. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is really a stunning trek and with a good planning, it will turn out to be your most incredible and unforgettable trekking experience.
Would you fancy exploring the highest navigable lake in the world?
Lake Titicaca is known as the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3821 meters. So it would be very interesting to go and get amazed by its islands that are rich with culture and beautiful landscapes. Some of these islands are; Isla Taquille, Isla de la Luna, and the floating Uros islands.
At 8300 sq.km, it is the largest lake in South America and is divided between Peru and Bolivia. The area around the lake is the ancestral land of the Quechuas, Aymaras, Uros, Pacajes, and Puquinas. The lake was also the foundation of the most influential pre-Hispanic cultures of the Andean Region. Here, you can also encounter the unusual giant frogs.
Discover wildlife and plant life in Huascaran National Park
The Huascarán National Park is a Natural Heritage to Humanity, due to the exceptional beauty of the Cordillera Blanca, the intense turquoise lagoons formed by glaciers, and the large variety of Andean flora and fauna. In this park, you’ll trek some of the highest tropical peaks in the world, including HuascarÃ¡n, the tallest in Peru standing at 6,768 meters. The area is a paradise for fans of mountain sports and lovers of nature tourism.
The park boasts of the most ecologically and culturally diversified concentrations in Peru. It holds around 660 glaciers and 300 lagoons formed by glaciers and the source of rivers like the Santa, Marañón and Pativilca river which are fed by the mountain’s snowy peaks. There are about 25 walking trails and 125 climbing paths, with different levels of difficulty.
Therefore, visiting and exploring the whole park is a journey through the history of Peru that offers visitors the opportunity to experience powerful landscapes. Fun activities include, boat rides, rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, camping, visiting archaeological sites, as well as bird, flora and fauna watching.