April 21, 2017
If you want to see a country and its sights at their best you should do a little planning before you go so you can make an itinerary, pack and budget for the best Peruvian holiday you can have. Hike to ancient Incan ruins, wander down ancient cobblestone streets in Cuzco, enjoy surfing and sunny beaches of Mancora or get to know the local culture and traditions in Lima. There’s so much to see and do in Peru.
Probably it will be your first stop.
Lima demands some effort to sift beneath the soot and uncover the city’s rewards, especially when such extraordinary treasures hover over the horizon in the Andes Mountains and in the Amazon jungle. So why come to Lima except to beeline it to Cusco or elsewhere? If you skip Lima altogether, you’ll miss a vital part of what Peru is today. With a population of more than eight million — about one-third of Peru’s population — and as the seat of the national government and the headquarters of most industry, Lima thoroughly dominates Peru’s political and commercial life. The old centro is slowly being spruced up, and the refurbishing of classic colonial buildings and a greater police presence have made the historic part of the city more welcoming to visitors. Spread across the capital are the country’s finest museums, as well as its most creative restaurants and most vibrant nightlife. In addition, Peruvian (and specifically, Limeño) cuisine is the subject of a growing international buzz, and foodies bent on a gastronomic tour of Peru are flocking to Lima’s diverse restaurant scene.
Even if you have only a day or two for Lima, the city’s art and archaeology museums serve as perfect introductions to the rich history and culture you’ll encounter elsewhere in the country. Not to be missed are the Museo de la Nación, which traces the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations, and the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. If you also squeeze in a tour of colonial Lima, dine at a great criollo (Creole) restaurant or cevichería, soak up some energetic nightlife, and browse the country’s best shops, you might just come away from Lima pleasantly surprised, if not wholly enamored of the city.
If you are seeking to see the Peruvian jewel in the crown, Machu Picchu, you should allow yourself at least one week. Machu Picchu is one of the world largest attractions and rightly so, it’s one of the 7 New Wonders of the World! The journey to get there is exhilarating with views that will leave you breathless!
Of course if you plan to hike to Machu Picchu you need to add another three days and you will need to join a tour outfit. Other places to consider joining a guided trip include Arequipa and Lake Titicaca. In any case it is best to take some care when making a selection. Group travel comes with its benefits with everything arranged to enable quick and easy transfers between transport and accommodation, plus the wealth of experienced leaders to draw on.
Where’s the best place to surf in Peru? Well, that depends on who you ask! Located on the Pacific coast of Peru, the beach town of Mancora is famed for its pristine beaches, great surf and chilled out atmosphere.
If beach lounging and catching waves are your thing, Mancora is calling you.
It’s also a great stop on the popular South America backpacking trail along the Pan-American Highway.