Coca tea brewed to help take the edge off of altitude sickness, or roasted Guinea Pig may be what first springs to mind when thinking about Peru. Of course, there are so many other beautiful sites to see and things to experience in this fantastic Southern American country. Things you absolutely won’t want to miss! Just read on to discover what and where they are.
If you aim to discover the ancient wonders of Peru, the first site you will want to visit is the Machu Picchu. A citadel is dating back to the 15th century that is set upon a mountain, located high in the Andes.
In fact, they say a stroll around this ancient walled city, built with dry stone masonry is something that even the most seasoned traveler will find magical. Something that makes it well worth the long trek to the top. (Do not on any account forget your flat comfy shoes for this!) Oh, and the views from the ruined city are arguably some of the most breathtaking in the entire world. The term unmissable, barely even covers this one!
Then there are the Nazca lines located deep in the Nazca desert. These geoglyphs, many of which take the formal of the local flora and fauna, are a sight to behold. If you view them from the air or a cliff top that is.
Of course, down on the ground, it is tough to distinguish what each of the individual patterns, are. Which does beg the question of how these mysterious lines were created, and to what purpose.
In fact, it is this mystery that perhaps explains the endearing allure of the Nazca lines. With some of the more modern theories point to the Nazca as being the work of extraterrestrials, or at least humans setting down a landing strip for such beings. Although, only by visiting the lines yourself will you be able to decide what you believe their intended purpose to be.
Hot Springs At Puno
While many guides to Peru will cite Lima and Cuzco as the cities to visit, it’s important to remember that there are other options as well. In fact, if you are looking for something a little different, why not visit the city of Puno in the south of Peru?
There you will find a museum dedicated to the famous Peruvian leaf coca, as well as the hot springs that the region is known for. A place that is it well worth stopping to take a dip and spend some time relaxing in. Especially if you have spent a lot of time on your trip hiking up mountains!
Of course, if you are looking for a place that is in its very essence of authentic Peru, then Colca Canyon is your best bet.
In fact, there is nowhere better than the rural villages here to give you an insight into what Peruvian life really is like. Oh, and be sure to keep a lookout for the condors that reside in this region as well. This being an experience that helps to make visiting this region of Peru genuinely unmissable.