Peru is a country so huge and varied that you’ll never fit everything in in one trip. To help you decide what to do first, I’ve given you my list of the top 5 things to see and do in Peru.
This one is a tough one. On the one hand, it’s very sad to see because Rainbow Mountain is the direct result of climate change and only emerged after the glacier covering it melted. On the other, it’s undeniably beautiful and the money you spend visiting goes directly to local communities who look after and maintain the site. For me, it was a close call and I ultimately decided to go. I chose a responsible tour operator to make sure that my money went into conservation efforts so we can try and protect this site from further damage for generations to come.
2. Machu Picchu
For most travellers to Peru, this is the star attraction and it’s easy to see why. Sitting atop its own rocky mountain, Machu Picchu is like a jewel upon a crown and seems to sparkle from afar in the right light. There are some great walks to the Inca Bridge (30 minutes) and up to the Sun Gate (1 hour) which are much quieter than the main temple complex. I’d definitely recommend trying these if you don’t mind a little walk. You can discover all this on our 8 day Machu Picchu by Train
3. Lake Titicaca
Seeing the enormity of the lake and seeing the incredible Uros Floating Islands where the locals live on giant floating rafts of reeds is something I’ll never forget. The unique culture and way of life on the lake is something you’ll not see anywhere else. You can see this for yourself on our 12 day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
4. Try a Pisco Sour
Pisco is the local Peruvian spirit (not to be confused with the neighbouring Chilean version, with which there’s a strong rivalry!) and Peruvians love to introduce travellers to their favourite drink. The Peruvian sour uses pisco as the base spirt and adds freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters. It’s not for the faint hearted but is surprisingly light and refreshing. They can be found in any good bar in Lima.
5. Eat Ceviche
Not being a fan of seafood, I was a bit dubious about this one. When the raw fish arrived in front of me, I admit turning my nose up at first. My Peruvian friends explained that the fish had been marinated in lime juice which effectively ‘cooks’ the fish, and, feeling everyone’s eyes on me, I reluctantly tried some. I’ve got to say that I was pretty impressed. The fish was delicious and tender, and the combination with the citrus was outstanding – definitely one to try, even if you’re not a fan of seafood! Try making it yourself on our Peruvian cooking class.
6. Peruvian Amazon
Okay, okay, I’m cheating with this one. It’s my secret option number 6 since I’ve already used up my 5 top things to do! I couldn’t leave it out though and if you’ve got time on your trip, I definitely recommend you visit the Peruvian Amazon. It’s absolutely a must see! Most people tend to think of Brazil when visiting the Amazon, but on the Peruvian side of the border, it’s very easy to explore from Iquitos. Filled with wildlife, secluded villages and amazing scenery, you can explore the Peruvian Amazon in style on one of our Amazon Cruises.
That’s it from me! If you think I’ve missed any, why don’t you let me know your top things to do in Peru by commenting below?