Things to do in Peru
While Machu Picchu is considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, there is much more to Peru than Machu Picchu! You can explore the Amazon Rainforest for starters - Peru is home to the second-largest area of the Amazon after Brazil. Peru offers such a unique and diverse ecosystem with the Peruvian Amazon covering 60 percent of the country, and then there’s the epic Andes – the world’s longest continental mountain range runs right through Peru.
You can also surf in Mancora off the Pacific coast of Peru. Famous for its pristine beaches and quality surf, Mancora is the perfect place to escape the rest of the world. Prefer to surf on land? No worries, head to Huacachina around 4.5 hours south of Lima where you can sand-board until your heart is content in this desert village surrounded by sand dunes. Or take to the skies and fly over the mysterious Nazca Line. Located in the Nazca Desert plains, this intriguing series of ancient geoglyphs illustrates various wildlife and geometric designs and are an incredible sight by air.
Hike the Colca Canyon - while not as vertically dramatic, it’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the scenery is outstanding and the mountain villages will enchant with their natural hot springs and stunning views. Explore the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and see how Peru’s aboriginal people, the Uros tribe who predate the Incan civilisation, live in villages built on top of floating island reeds.
Eat quinoa from the source! Yes, the superfood sweeping the healthfood realm originates from Peru! Sample the rainbow of quinoa grains widely available here. Balance out the healthy with a dose of Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour, a cocktail made from pisco brandy! Yum! For more of our fave things to see and do in Peru, read on.
Dating back to 1450, the historic site was once the city of the Incan Empire, the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. Today it is one of South America's most popular attractions.
Since 1774, the Monastery of San Francisco has remained an icon of Lima. It has survived several earthquakes and despite recording some damage over the years, the church still remains a noted architectural marvel.
For charming Peruvian villages, Incan ruins, adventure sports and stunning scenery, the river region of Sacred Valley has been a major life source and drawcard for tourists and locals alike for centuries.
The sacred site of Saksaywaman will confound with its neat structure and immense scale. Was it aliens, an ancient people predating the Incans or the work of demons, as the Spanish believed? Check it out and make up your own mind.
The historic Inca empire capital abounds with ancient architecture and Spanish colonial style. Cusco is a popular party spot to start or end your epic Inca Trail adventure to Machu Picchu and soak up the city style and local culture.
Like ancient alien crop circles, the Inca ruins and archaeological site of Moray with its deep circular depressions in the earth are immensely intriguing and an amazing sight to behold.