12. Now Lima being the capital city of Peru apart from being historically very significant, there are many places to visit specially Miraflores and Larcomar. One of the best way to see the city is to either take a walking tour(tip only basis) or one of the many open roof buses.
Instead of walking over the dozen footprints, I decided to combine downhill biking with hiking on old Inca trails. I started my journey by moving from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. I then headed to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which hosts many beautiful Inca remains. Moving up into the mountains towards the glacier, I reveled in this place’s scenic beauty. On the way I visited Abra Malaga, which is a habitat of endangered species of birds which live in Andean forest. This high pass has forests with extensive zones of bamboo and straw Andean meadow. This is where I started my downhill biking. The unspoiled jungles imbue you to take your time to immerse in its crude existence. I pedaled further to town of Santa Maria. I took some time to explore this quaint town, and ended the night with a lovely dinner and stay in a small hostel.
Spot a Condor in Arequipa: An overnight journey from Nasca will take you to Arequipa. Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru. 4-5 kms south from Arequipa is the the town of Chivay, which is the entrance to the deepest canyon in Peru – Colca Canyon. The hike into the canyon and back up is 2 days (if taken with a guide). Take some time to spot the rarest Andean birds called Condors at the canyon. Alternatively, you could hike El Misti, the volcano, another beautiful hiking trail in Arequipa.
There is so much more to Peru, than Machu Pichu. I have tried to highlight a few of them by means of this blog. Ofcourse, there is the Huaraz mountains north of Lima, the beautiful city of Ayucucho, the posh neighbourhood of Miraflores – which deserve a mention here. If you are visiting Peru sometime soon, or visiting it the second time around, take the road less traveled and rest assured, you will not be disappointed.This post was originally published on Outbound Again.