5 Must-Visit Places In Peru

When you hear Peru, you probably think Machu Picchu. Or Peruvian Food. Or maybe even the Amazon? Regardless… there’s a lot of other interesting things that you’ll find. Peru has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a trip to observe the most famous Inca ruins, to complete a challenging hike, visit a unique colonial city or even go to the beach, Peru is the perfect place.

What should I see when visiting Peru?

1. Machu Picchu, Cusco

Even if this is the most popular place in Peru, it’s definitely a required bucket list trip. Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and is considered an UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

what is machu picchu

To get to Machu Picchu you’ll have to go to Cusco first and take a train to Aguas Calientes, the city at the base of Machu Picchu. Then you’ll have to choose between taking the bus or trekking to the top of the mountain, once there just enjoy the view and all of that Incan energy.

2. Treehouse Lodge, Iquitos

Iquitos is the capital of Loreto, the biggest state in Peru, and is the birthplace of the mighty Amazon River. In Iquitos you’ll find many excursions and tours where you’ll experience the magic of the jungle. Also, you’ll learn about the Peruvian native culture and may visit traditional places like Belen or the Monkey Island.

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If you are looking for a unique place in Iquitos, you must consider one of our 12 unique treehouses in the middle of the jungle, as your next hotel room. Treehouse Lodge offers you a once in a lifetime experience including all the amazon river excursions, 3 meals per day, private guide and transportation from the airport to our ecolodge.

3. Lago Titicaca, Puno

The Titicaca lake (Lago Titicaca) is the largest lake in South America, it’s located in Puno, the capital of Juliaca, in the Peruvian Andes. Above the blue waters of Lake Titicaca you’ll see the Uros Islands. These man-made reed islands are the home of over 100 families and keep the most of their traditions and ancient knowledge.

Your travel through this beautiful lake can be complemented with a visit to Taquile Island, where you can spend a night in a local’s home and learn everything about the island’s long tradition of weaving.

4. Mancora, Piura

If you are looking for a beach destination in South America, Mancora is an ideal choice. This beach is in Piura, in the north of Peru. Mancora has one of the most popular beaches, and is well-known as a great place for surfing.

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At this beach, you must try some traditional Peruvian dishes. Northern Peru has some of the best to offer! Also, you should note that Mancora has acquired a reputation as an incredible place to party and meet people from all over the world.

5. Rainbow Mountain, Cusco

A few years ago the Rainbow Mountain in Cusco was discovered and has since blown-up in popularity and now it’s becoming the second most visited site in Peru after Machu Picchu. This place is also known as Vinicunca, Winikunka, Montaña de Siete Colores, and Montaña de Colores.

To get there you need to take a tour from the main city of Cusco, a car will take you to Qesoyuno and there you’ll start the trek. It takes between 2 and 4 hours to get to the top, on the way to the top you’ll enjoy amazing views of snow-capped high-altitude Andes Mountains, wild llamas and alpacas, and of course the world-famous red rock scenery.

 

 

6 Facts You Should Know About Machu Picchu

what is machu picchu

Machu Picchu is mysterious. So much is still unknown about this Wonder of the World. But there are many details that you should know before you travel to the Lost City of the Incas.

1. How to get to Machu Picchu

The first step it’s getting to Lima, Peru. Then take a flight to Cusco, which takes a little over an hour. There are only 3 ways to get to Machu Picchu.

Train: You can purchase a round-trip train ticket from PeruRail or Inca Rail, this is the easiest way to go. in both Lima and Cusco to buy the tickets and 3 stations where you can board: Poroy, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo.

Trek: The famous Inca Trail sells out months in advance and needs to be booked through an accredited trekking company. It’s a 4-day hike that will take you past more than a half dozen Incan archaeological sites.

Car/ Trek: This might be the cheapest option, but it’s not as safe. You’ll need to arrange for transfer via car from Cusco to Santa Teresa (6-hour ride approx.), and this involves a long trek along the tracks from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes is the city at the base of the ruins. You can head directly to the mountain or to your hotel. This is a great place to spend a night. You can choose between hiking approximately 2 hours to the entrance, or taking a bus. A round trip ticket to and from Machu Picchu is about $25. It is open from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

what is machu picchu

2. What is Machu Picchu?

It’s a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. Nobody really knows the original function of Machu Picchu. Some hypothesize it was a retreat for Incan royals; others believe it was a place for the Incan virgins to live.

Machu Picchu is a Quechua word that comes from Machu which means old or ancient, and Picchu meaning mountain, therefore, is translated as Old Mountain. 

3. Huayna Picchu 

The famous jagged mountain that looms behind the “Lost City” in photos is Huayna Picchu. Each day, just 400 people are permitted to hike it, so it’s important to get your ticket with some anticipation. Hiking is the only way to get there, the hike takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.

4. Elevation

Machu Picchu (7,972′ feet) it’s lower than Cusco (11,152 feet) and is located northwest of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, down into the Amazon jungle. The elevation may cause some altitude sickness. To avoid it you could try “mate de coca“, a traditional herbal tea from Cusco, or took a pill before you arrive. Please consult with your doctor.

5. Machu Picchu Stamp

The passport-stamping station is located just to the left of the entrance to the Lost City of the Incas. You have until 5:00 pm to get the stamp. The least busy time is between 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

6. Best Time To Go 

If you are looking for the perfect photo, you should go from May to October, during Peru’s dry season. Between June and July, it’s the crowdest time because Peruvians are on vacation and “Inti Raymi“, the festival of the sun is celebrated each year on June 24.