Why Peru is Your Ideal Getaway

1st Sep 2016

Hiking in Peru

Photo of Why Peru is Your Ideal Getaway by Hayk Saakian

Getaways - a.k.a. destination vacations - are your chance to sit back, relax and enjoy time away from the stress of daily responsibilities. Perhaps that’s why it’s called a getaway; you can escape your worries and soak in the joy of a new experience. For many, choosing the right location to travel to is the toughest part. For those leaning towards a getaway to Europe or Asia, take advantage of what South America has to offer. Countries inside South America, such as Peru, have exactly what you are looking for in terms of natural beauty, cultural authenticity and timeless art. So take a moment and contemplate whether or not Peru should be on your bucket list. After reading this article, we have a feeling it might just end up at the top.

One of the most popular travel spots gaining considerable attention is Peru, in the northwest quadrant of South America. Peru is a perfect place for new and seasoned travelers to explore. This bustling country boasts city life and scenic landscapes, ideal for a wide variety of travelers eager for a memorable trip. From local culture and art to tantalizing cuisine and wildlife, this South American destination will quickly become your new favorite getaway.

Perfect for Hikers and Bikers

Hiking in Machu Picchu

Photo of Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru by Hayk Saakian

Peru is known for its varied landscape, seemingly designed for hikers and those seeking a physical challenge while on vacation. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a winding road that leads trekkers into the exotic Amazon Jungle before witnessing ancient tunnels and ruins that are marvelous works of art. Ready to travel like the Incas did centuries ago? Travelers who take this route will access Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate entrance, rewarding them with a bird's eye view of Machu Picchu. Any tour that includes this natural world wonder is sure to get your heart pumping and have you feeling healthy as you enjoy your time away.

Prefer to cruise through the sites and sounds quickly? Rent or bring a portable bike to cycle across the country’s most beautiful trails and feel the wind blowing across your face for a refreshing daytime activity.

Foodies Will Love It

Do you love trying new and exotic culinary dishes? There’s nothing quite like sitting down at a cozy restaurant and taking in the aroma of fresh food cooking as you observe locals in their element. This is the epitome of traveling abroad! If you’re looking for unique Peruvian dishes, try causa rellena con pollo; this traditional dish is made using mashed potatoes, chiles and lime juice for a zesty twist. The starchy base is stuffed with fillings of your choice, including avocado and chicken.

No evening meal in Peru is complete without savoring picarones, freshly fried ring shaped donuts spiced with anise and cinnamon before they’re drizzled in various syrup flavors. We recommend the fig or passion fruit flavors! Book a Peru Tour designed for all the best gastronomical spots; your taste buds won’t be disappointed!

Llamas, Lake Titicaca and Other Oddities

Llamas in Peru

Photo of Lake Titicaca by Hayk Saakian

For those who enjoy the quirkier side of life, Peru has just what you’re looking for. Llamas and Alpaca are like squirrels here, roaming the land and can be found almost everywhere. They make perfect subjects for photos, adding a cute and goofy flair. Lake Titicaca mounts the border between Peru and Bolivia, and despite it’s somewhat silly sounding name, boasts the world’s highest navigable body of water and is said to be the birthplace of the Incas themselves. The reflective, still waters are home to the man made floating reed islands, still inhabited today.

Want to enjoy more wildlife and see Darwin’s natural laboratory up close? The Galapagos Cruise and Machu Picchu Tour is a multifaceted experience, combining the best of Peru and Ecuador, including the indigenous market Otavalo and a large variety of animals in the Galapagos islands.

The Dry Season is Gorgeous

From May to September, Peru experiences the dry season. The sun is beaming and flora is blossoming, making travel and outdoor activities even more enjoyable. Basking in the sun’s rays, leisurely exploring and spending time gazing at the clouds are a nice reprieve from the humdrum of daily life.

The Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle Tour takes travelers to two of Peru’s most notable wonders, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest. Visit the capital, Lima and then follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you explore Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and the impressive stone ruins of Machu Picchu. Finish this tour with a walk in the Peruvian Amazon, and wind down in the comfort of an exotic lodge on the shores of the Tambopata River. Another fantastic option is Kuelap Fortress, what many are calling the “second Machu Picchu.” The Kuelap Fortress and Gocta Waterfalls Tour combines the fascinating history of the Chachapoyas and naturally exquisite views of the ancient ruined citadel, the 771-meter high Gocta Falls and the lush cloud forest. Ideal for history and nature enthusiasts!

When planning your next getaway, find the perfect itinerary to explore all that Peru has to offer. Even a 3 day trip can be an incredible experience for a quick vacation, complete with delicious dining experiences and a few iconic sights across the landscape of this South American treasure. Whether you’re visiting Peru for the first time or the 100th time, it’s sure to leave you feeling at peace and rejuvenated.

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