Peru as a holiday destination remains a mystery to most people. When Peru comes to mind, most people think of the Amazon, and sacred sites such as Machu Picchu. The mystery of such marvels has drawn an increasing number of tourists in the South American Region and as a result in recent years Peru has expanded a network of luxury hotels, resorts, and tour companies making luxury Peru tours easier than you may think.
Peru is full of natural beauty with the Andes mountain range, The Amazon jungle and many other beautiful areas, the scenery alone is a highlight of any trip to Peru. The mountains are full of lovely little towns and mysterious ruins from many different cultures. Let us talk about some of the things you should do while on a luxury travel Peru holiday.
Number 1. On anybody’s list for Peru is of course Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel was hidden for centuries under the cover of the jungle. Situated on the side of a hill, the ruins are a must see for anybody who plans to travel to Peru. Machu Picchu was recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is one of the most recognized places on the planet. Take a tour and learn about the history and legends of Machu Picchu. Take a luxury train for the experience of a life time.
Number 2. On the must-see list in Peru is the floating islands of the Uros people. This is like nothing else you will ever experience on the planet. These islands are made totally from reeds grown in the Lake Titicaca area. Every six months the local people put a new layer on top of the islands giving it a spongy sensation when you walk on them. The locals also make boats and even houses from the same material. It is said that the Uros people moved to the middle of the lake to escape the warring tribes on the mainland centuries ago. There are many brilliant photo opportunities to be had here, so take your camera.
Number 3. Fly over the mysterious Nazca lines. Located in the middle of the desert, the town of Nazca is a dry dusty place with luxury hotels and many good restaurants, but the main feature of the town is the lines drawn in the desert floor. There are many theories as to why the drawings were created but nothing has ever been proven. This is without a doubt one of Peru’s greatest attractions with hundreds of different figures and lines to be seen. The best view is by small plane. There are many companies who operate flights in Nazca and you can fly from nearby in Paracas.
Number 4. One of the most beautiful places in Peru is the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located around an hours drive from the Inca city of Cusco, the valley is well known for its amazing landscapes and lush agriculture. Not only is the amazing landscape a feature, but there are also many beautiful ancient sites to explore. With a beautiful tempered climate, the valley is home to many past tourists who now call the valley home. Tours leave Cusco daily for the valley and you must visit the Indian market at Pisaq, filled with lovely souvenirs to take home for your friends and family.
Number 5. Also in the Cusco area is Rainbow Mountain, in the last few years this hike has become very popular. The mountain offers a unique experience and as the name suggests the mountains are rainbow stripped and highlight the beauty of the Andes. Take a day trip from Cusco, you will have to get up early but it is well worth the effort.
Number 6. Spend a day in Arequipa and Colca Canyon located in the south of Peru; Arequipa is a pretty city with a long religious history featuring a wonderful monastery, Santa Catalina. The city features one of the nicest plazas you will ever see. The city is worth a few days of your time just to relax. Close to Arequipa is the largest canyon in the world, the Colca canyon. There are many different hikes you can do in the area, or if you don’t feel energetic view the canyon from one of the many different viewing points located around the rim of the canyon. Also in the Colca valley are many wonderful hot springs to soak away your aches and pains.
Number 7. Located to the south of Lima, not far from the town of Ica is the desert oasis of Huacachina. Famous for adventure activities in the sand dunes, Huacachina is a small village built around a lake in the center of the dunes, so if you feel like staying the night there are several hotels on offer. For the adrenaline junky go on one of the many dune buggy tours you can purchase at the village.
Number 8. If you are a nature lover, you cannot go past the Peruvian Amazon. The Peruvian jungle covers 60 percent of the country. There are two points of entry to the jungle, firstly at the northern jungle town of Iquitos where many luxury cruises leave, there are many different cruises to choose from, all with luxury features second to none. Choose from three to seven day cruises and experience the beauty of the mighty amazon basin. The other point of entry is Puerto Maldonado, from this town the luxury traveler will experience five star properties that will delight. All the lodges feature excursions into jungle where you will learn about the jungle and see many birds and animals.
Number 9. When you travel to Peru, you will need to travel through the capital of Peru, Lima. The capital is a very busy city like many others in the world, but Lima has its own style that you should not miss. Although it has a bad reputation for safety, Lima has a vast and diverse history and what is thought to be the best food in South America, Lima is worth spending your time in.
So hopefully we have given you something to think about, whether it be a luxury Machu Picchu tour, or an adventurous luxury Inca trail trek, Peru has something for everyone. Book your luxury holiday to Peru and South America today.