Perhaps no other trip could possibly be more rewarding than one to Peru. With some of the most distinctive indigenous peoples on the planet, a fascinating history, and a variety of natural landscapes, a trip to Peru is most often a life-changing experience. Peruvian festivals and holidays are among the most colorful on the planet, and with thousands each year, chances are good that you can add one of these unforgettable experiences to your travel to-do list. Peru (for me, like China) is a magical, thrilling place and the memories you take from a trip there, will beckon you to return in the future.
There are many unique cities to visit such as Lima, Cusco, Puno and Arequipa—all relatively easy to reach from anywhere in the country. Tourism is one of the country’s top industries and Solar Tours is one of the leading US based tour operators. While many travel to Peru to climb mountains, unless you are experienced, it is not recommended unless it is a guided excursion. There are mountains suitable for all skill levels; and the Andes Mountains in Peru are arguably some of the most scenic on the planet. Seeing them from the top of a 20,000 foot peak is a feast for the senses. December through March are an ideal time to explore and enjoy the beaches of Peru with warm (not hot) temperatures and surprisingly enough, some pretty decent surfing.
A visit to Peru, many say, is not complete without a visit to the Amazon Rainforest. Tours from Lima and Cusco bring visitors into the jungle, and there are lots of options for overnight stays at the jungle lodges found near Iquitos, Manu and Puerto Maldonado. Not many destinations will enable you to surf, climb mountains, trek in the Andes and spend a night in the largest jungle on the planet.
Foodies need not worry about being left out! Peru has unique culinary experiences which differ in each region of the country. Due to its diversity and flavor, Peru is attracting the attention of even the most critical food connoisseurs worldwide.
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While Peru can be covered in a relatively short period, to really get to know the nation, a longer (or perhaps an additional) trip will do the trick. The domestic flights in Peru are both practical and affordable; brief “fly-ins” may leave you missing out on a lot. In the northern highlands of Peru, the ruins of ancient civilizations, such as the adobe city of Chan Chan, beckon the curious visitor. On the southern border of Peru, the town of Puno and sacred Lake Titicaca are truly awe inspiring. And of course, the “main event” is a trip to Cusco and on to Machu Picchu with the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley nearby.
Peru is one of those unique places where you will find yourself wanting to return again and again. Many future conversations will begin with “when I was in Peru…” and the memories of the land, the culture and the people will indeed last a lifetime!
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