Home to a section of the Amazon rainforest, Peru is an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. Often referred to as the richest country in the world, Peru is filled with remarkable locations and travel experiences (in fact, too many to fit in one article!).
Home to the most famous archaeological site in the world, Machu Picchu lives up to any traveler's expectations. Surrounded by mist and lush vegetation, the awe-inspiring ancient city has great 3-day treks and other multi-day adventures. Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders in the 16th century. More than 150 buildings ranging from baths and temples to houses and sanctuaries.
The Nasca Lines is another location that begs to be explored, a desert landscape featured in the southern part of the country. Geometric and zoomorphic lines are spread across the plateau of Pampas de Jumana, from simple designs to more intricate ones. These works of art have major historical significance but are particularly fascinating because of their mysteriousness. Recent research suggests that the lines were used for what seems to be a ritual related routine or water-related symbol. For desert people, water is everything, so many scholars believe that these could have been used to indicate where water sources were.
Rainbow Mountain (Vinicuna)
Commonly known as 'Rainbow Mountain', Vinicunca is one of the top scenic tourist attractions. For thousands of years, the mountain was in fact covered by layers of snow and ice but due to global warming, it only recently got discovered. The cascading stripes and warm colors are magnificent.
You know those scenes in movies, where the actor is wandering through the desert in the scorching heat and starts to imagine seeing an oasis just a few meters ahead, with pools of cold water and palm trees? Well, Huacachina is just that - an oasis in the middle of the desert! Filled with extraordinary adventures, dune buggy trips, and sandboarding tours as well as a local winery. Need I say more?
Another breathtaking excursion is the archeological site of Chan Chan. The largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest adobe city in the world. It must have been a dazzling sight back in the day, but devastating El Niño floods and heavy rainfall have severely eroded much of the city's outer portions. The site museum is out on the main road, about 500m before the main Chan Chan turnoff, and contains exhibits explaining Chan Chan and the Chimú culture.
Peru truly is breathtaking. If you haven't already started packing your bag for this extraordinary scenic travel then you better start planning a trip! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to explore other natural treasures of the world.