Peru was a breath of fresh air. It was remarkable , surprising and unbelievably beautiful. With a climate that ranges from desert dry to amazon lush to freeze-your-ass-off , Peru offers a diversity with a twist of history. So if you are planning a trip to Peru , I have listed these "Things to know before visiting Peru" that will definitely help in making your stay pleasant. There is no harm in getting prepared for an adventure , isn't it?
There is more to Peru than Machu Pichu:
Returning from Peru , the question I was asked the most - How was Machu Pichu? Apologetic and a bit frustrated , my answer was "I don't know , I did not go there." But i think the perception that Peru is all about Inca ruins is because , that is how it has been marketed. When I was searching for information while planning my trip , there was hardly much info that could make my trip - a trip of the lifetime, something more than just visiting Machu Pichu. It was not until I spent 10 days in Peru that I realized that it is so much more than Sacred Valley. If you want more than the framed shot standing in front of temple of Machu Pichu , head to Huaraz. The hiking capital of Peru - Huaraz is literally gateway to heaven. Home to Huascaran National Park, it lets you enjoy Cordillera Blanca range. For more ancient Inca ruins , Kuelap has pre- incan ruins that are three times older than the magnificent Machu Pichu. If you want buzzing Amazonian gateway, crumbling at the edges, steeped in exciting history- Iquitos is place to be.