With more than 10,000 years of history, Peru boasts so many natural and cultural treasures fascinating people from all around the world. There are thousands of reasons to visit this South American gem, but here are seven reasons why you should visit Peru.
1. To marvel at its Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
80km northwest of Cusco locates the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is the most anticipated highlight for most travelers to Peru. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu has its unique glamour. It was built with polished dry-stone walls in the classical Inca style, and most of its outlying buildings was restored with aim to show tourists the original scene of the Machu Picchu as much as possible. Magnificently situated on the crest of a mountain of 2430 m.a.s.l., this 15th-century Inca citadel overlooks the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River, which surrounds it on three sides and where morning mists rise. So the site is the perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural significance. As the most familiar icon of Inca civilization and one of the most important archaeological sites in South America, Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist attraction in Peru and even among the most visited in Latin America.
2. To indulge in its cuisine
Peru has been chosen as the World's Best Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards for the last five years in a row. Besides, Peruvian cuisine was awarded the "Cultural Heritage of the Americas for the World" by the Organization of American States, being the first cultural expression in the region having earned this distinction. With this information, you may have a better idea about the popularity and privileged position of Peruvian cuisine. Learning the culture, the history, the traditions and the knowledge linked to local gastronomy will enable you enjoy the foods in a more evocative way. Peruvian cuisine is in great diversity which is benefits from the cultural exchange between the Spanish, Africans, Chinese, Japanese and Italians, among others, and also the diverse range of agricultural products: more than 4,000 varieties of potato, 2,000 of sweet potato, 35 types of corn, 15 species of tomato, 600 species of native fruit, etc. It is a paradise for gastronome to enjoy everything its cuisine has to offer. You can discover the country through its gastronomy and know it in the most delicious way.
3. To admire its Instagrammable landscapes
Peru offers a huge variety of geographical possibilities for travelers. You will be amazed at the contrasts of the diverse landscapes: golden sand dunes, massive snow-covered mountains, picturesque lakes, surreal beaches, eye-catching canyons, time-old agricultural terraces, dramatic mountain scenery, jaw-dropping glaciers, islands with various kinds of wildlife, miraculous Amazon rainforest, etc. Peru has so much to offer.
4. To meet the people
Peru is a multiethnic country formed by the combination of different groups. The people are always welcoming, incredibly attentive to visitors, with their varied food and many celebrations. They are ingenious, good at sing and dance, and passionate about various activities. Usually you can see wonderful performances in plazas and streets at weekends, from which you can feel their amusements.
Ethnic performance held in every Sunday in a plaza in Cusco
5. To travel back in time in Cusco
Cuzco is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the South America. It once served as the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13 until the 16th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru. You can walk the streets in this fascinating city, and admire the tangible links with its pre-Columbian past and the well-preserved colonial architecture, from which you can learn its rich and complex history. You can also meet some indigenous people in traditional clothing in the streets. Besides, you can also immerse yourself in the exciting nightlife.
6. To make pisco sour with your own hands
Pisco sour is Peruvian national drink claimed by the government, and in honor of it, an official government holiday named "Día Nacional del Pisco Sour" (National Pisco Sour Day) is celebrated yearly on the first Saturday of February. Originating from Peru, it is an alcoholic cocktail normally consisting of Peruvian pisco as the base liquor, fresh lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters. There are also many other variants, such as adding some fruits like pineapple or plants like coca leaves. You can try your hands at making a pisco sour by following the bartender's instruction in a bar and then enjoy it. This must be a unique and memorable experience!
7. To shop for its handicrafts and textiles
Don't miss the chance to learn the superb textile tradition with thousands of years of history in Peru, especially in Cusco and villages surrounding it. The alpaca fleece is one of the most desirable wools on the world because of the extreme durability and high thermal quality. You must wonder why it is so superior. Let me reveal the secret. 80% of the 4 million alpacas live at elevations between 10,000 feet and 15,000 feet, where temperatures can vary greatly over 50 degrees in a single day. So they grow dense coats of superior quality. Vicuña fleece is even finer than alpaca fleece. Today Cusco and surrounding villages are the undisputed center of Peru's textile industry. You can visit some communities, weaving centers or workshops to learn the textiles and craft traditions and dyeing techniques, and also shop for some high-quality textiles as souvenirs.
With these fantastic reasons, will you choose Peru as your next holiday destination? Contact us to tailor-make a lifetime Peru tour.