Home to the pre Colombian, treacherous, yet beautiful Andes mountains, Peru is often a top destination of choice for travelers visiting South America. In addition to the well-known Andes mountains, visitors to this beautiful Andean country can also visit both the Atacama Desert and the second largest portion of the Amazon rain forest – although only the most adventurous travelers explore the forest areas.
Let’s face it, though – these areas are very general. How about we narrow it down a bit and take a look at the top five places to visit in Peru?
1. The Pisac Market
Every traveler wants to bring authentic souvenirs back with them to their home countries that will serve as a memory. One of the liveliest spots in Peru is the Pisac Market where you’re sure to find more than just a few items to bring home with you. The ideal time to go is on a Sunday – this is when the market is most alive. Although, it does operate at a slower pace on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well.
Sellers at the market travel from various surrounding villages. Many of them make the journey from extremely remote places that are located at higher altitudes in the Andes mountains. You will be able to find traditional Peruvian souvenirs, such as ponchos and native instruments.
Kuelap is a gigantic stone fortress which looks over the Utcubamba Valley. One of the reasons this fortress is so impressive is that it contains more than 400 buildings!
The structure was apparently built during the 6th century and may have been sitting vacant since the 16th century. Sitting at more than 3000 feet above sea level, these structures can be recognized as an extraordinary feat!
3. Lagunas de Llanganuco
The Lagunas de Llanganuco are a stunning collection of lakes which are located near Yungay.
What makes this attraction impressively interactive is that you can actually rent your own rowing boats at one of the main lakes.
Also, the sky blue waters are very similar to those you would see at the lakes of the Rocky Mountains.
Sand-boarding or dune-buggy riding anyone? For the adventurous at heart, the sand dunes located here are some of the best in the world.
Huacachina is a beautiful, tranquil little tourist spot where families often travel when visiting Peru. In the center of the massive sand dunes is a beautiful, sacred lagoon surrounded by palm trees. Huacachina is truly an Oasis to admire.
5. The Uros islands
The floating villages of Lake Titicaca are a must-see when visiting the world famous lake. These floating villages, or islands, are man-made using totora reeds.
The largest island is known as Santa Maria and is quite often the main destination for many travelers. These islands are occupied by a very ancient tribe, the Uros. They are even older than the Incan civilization and legend even claims that they walked the earth long before the sun!
With so many beautiful places to explore in Peru, it’s virtually impossible to list them all. However, if you’re planning a trip to this beautiful country of the Americas, be sure to put these five destinations at the top of your list!