Looking for a perfect getaway for your honeymoon, family vacation or a private expedition? Then why not visit South America within South America? “What?” You may ask. Let me explain, tucked away in South America, is a place so diverse with different cultures, wildlife and climates, that it’s just like a mini South America… within South America. We’re talking about Peru and the many reasons for visiting Peru. Continue reading and you’ll see for yourself!
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No need to have a Visa for visiting Peru.
Now, to get started off, let’s talk about the issue of No Visa, yes, I said it, No Visa nor hassle to get to Peru! The ease to travel to such a beautiful country is no doubt one of the best reasons for visiting Peru.
One of the best reasons for visiting Peru; it’s Capital, Lima!
Then there is their well-known Capital, Lima! One may credit the Capital’s popularity to the exquisite cuisine, namely the Ceviche, but Lima actually boasts a lot of wonders; their museums, it’s old towns and the Huaca Pucllana ruins are just a few delights and reasons for visiting Peru.
The Ancient Towns and Ruins…
In Peru, you not only get to experience their vast modern culture but also get a taste of their evolution, radiating through their ancient towns and ruins and serene hiking trails. Their ancient Inca villages and ruins give tourists visiting Peru a glimpse of the journey from past to present! These are definitely places to see on your travel to Peru and wonderful reasons for visiting Peru.
Multiple Musing Museums.
Their museums also feature a vast array of collections of art and history; depicting the Inca empire. Some telling ones to visit on your travel to Peru are the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera, Museo de la Nación and Convento y Museo de San Francisco; all in Lima. Others to visit are the Convento y Museo de Santa Catalina, Museo de Arte Precolombino, Monasterio de Santa Catalina, Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán and the Conjunto Monumental de Belén. These museums should be one of your top places to see in Peru and are great reasons for visiting Peru!
The friendly, passionate and pleasant Peruvian people!
Peruvians may be one of the most unique group of people on the earth. With their strong link to their Inca Ancestors, Peruvians still embrace important aspects of their history, such as the remarkable Quechua culture. Here is one of those exceptional reasons for visiting Peru; you won’t regret meeting and sharing with these friendly people!
Unique artwork and skillfully woven patterns.
Along with their strong links to their ancestral roots, Peruvians tend to be very hardworking and skillful people. On any given day, on your travel to Peru, you can find women weaving patterns or find a showcase of instruments, jewelry and artwork. A unique showcase of their complex, beautiful history and culture, maybe? Most definitely. Their skillful artwork renders rewarding reasons for visiting Peru.
The well-known Machu Picchu…
Now, there’s no need to even mention the renowned Machu Picchu. This city finds itself on many bucket lists and is no doubt pursued and enjoyed by many who take the hike up that breathtaking trail to find an even more breathtaking view of a hideaway, ancient city. When compared to the many other reasons to visit Peru, this ancient city of Machu Picchu is beyond the best! It is definitely one of the best places to see in Peru and one of the many reasons for visiting Peru!
It’s very, very diverse climate.
Now, tell me, where can you find a country with 28 altogether different climates? You’ve got it right; Peru! Now, that should be one of the most exciting reasons for visiting Peru. From canyons to desserts, to the snowy Andes, to the Amazon river; Peru seems to just have it all! You get to experience Penguins in the Ballestas Islands and an Oasis and Desserts, all in one country. There are many places to see in Peru and the diverse climate enhances the reasons for visiting Peru.
Did someone say Oasis?
As mentioned above, Peru has an Oasis; an actual Oasis. Located in Southwest Peru, Huacachina, is testament of the diverse climate of Peru and is also a great place to do sandboarding! This is a great experience for anyone wanting to travel to Peru and makes for great reasons for visiting Peru.
It is said that more than 60% of Peru is actually covered by the Amazon; and that may very well be true. With the Tambopata reserve, Chachapoyas-Gocta-Kuelap circuit and the riverine national parks and reserves around Iquitos; Peru is certainly not short of boat trips and it seems, increasingly – lodges. Peru’s vast amount of water bodies make it a great destination for visitors and is one of the many reasons for visiting Peru.
The City called Cusco.
Cusco, said to be one of the most inhabited, ancient cities in the whole Americas, boasts many great sights, such as the remains of the Inca Temple destroyed by the Spanish in 1533; the Coricancha. Pedestrians can be found visiting different aspects of that city; the temples, museums, and former convents and palaces. Ensure that Cusco is on your list of places to see in Peru!
Then there is the Sacred Valley.
Want to know more about the lifestyle of the Incas, like how they attained their daily bread? Well, a stop at the Sacred Valley will reveal just that. It showcases vast lands of fertile grounds, previously worked and harvested for the inhabitants of Machu Picchu. You can travel there by bus or train or stop by, take a deep breath, relax and see in your mind’s eye. Just another of the reasons for visiting Peru.
Lake Titicaca and the Uru people!
Called the “Birthplace of the Sun”, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in all of South America! It is also the easiest water lake to navigate in the world! Lake Titicaca is, no doubt, one of the best reasons to visit Peru and is home to the Uru people who live on floating islands, made of reeds. That is an interesting sight, and one of the most captivating places to see in Peru.
The monumental, prehistoric Nazca lines.
The Nazca lines, revealing Peru’s history and a bit of mystery, can only be seen from an aerial view but reveal way more than what meets the eye and takes the viewer to a time in Peru’s past, etched in the desert, and that will also be etched in their minds! Seeing the Nazca lines is, no doubt, one of the many worthwhile reasons for visiting Peru.
Food and more food…
Now it’s on to one of the best parts; the food! Maybe it is the uniqueness of the climate or the friendliness of the people or the diverse culture, but the food in Peru is definitely one of the best reasons for visiting Peru! Not to be left off your list of foods are their Empanadas, Ceviche Mixto, Chicharrón and the vast others, I’m sure you’ll try when you get there!
It’s beaches. I need not say anymore.
Another great reason to travel to Peru is because of their beaches! Punta Hermosa, El Silencio, Pucusana and Santa María are just a few popular ones; and a great attraction for persons, who want to just recline and enjoy the sun and sand. Beaches such as Punta Rocas and Herradura are a great attraction for surfers, so if you like to ride the waves, these beaches are definitely places to see in Peru and places to be!
Peru ensures that their drinks are not only unique but also incorporate their culture and history! Check out their Inca Kola when you do go there! It is said that Peru has some of the best Coco Cola Drinks in the world – sweetened with actual sugar! If not for anything else, getting to try their unique drinks are definitely worthwhile reasons for visiting Peru!
The Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train.
Ever heard of a Sleeper Train? Well, of course you have! But have you ever heard of a Sleeper Train in South America? No, right? That’s because Peru has the first Sleeper Train in South America! How cool is that?! Called the Belmond Andean Explorer, this journey allows you to see sights such as Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Arequipa. Definitely a reason for visiting Peru!
Speaking Spanish with the Spanish-Speaking.
Did we mention that Peruvians speak Spanish? You bet they do! It may be well worthwhile to learn even some basic Spanish before your visit to Peru as you’ll find that conversations with the Locals will all the more enhance your travel to Peru; the South American wonderland!
Numerous fun and adventurous sporting activities!
If you love the thrill of thrill and love to jump and slide and possibly glide from breathtaking heights, then Peru is the place for you! Peru has non-stop activities for persons who travel to Peru, who just love the thrill! From sandboarding near Huacachina to ice climbing or rock climbing in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru has a host of sporting activities to meet a thrill-seeker’s needs!
It’s exotic, natural scenery.
If you are a nature lover, I’m sure you’ve already realized that Peru is the place for you! From it’s range of national reserves and sanctuaries to their national parks, there are countless places to see in Peru, with enough sights for the avid nature lover to see. Among the many are the Titicaca National Reserve, the Huascarán National Park, the Tingo Maria: National Park, the Manú National Park (Peru’s largest biosphere) and the Titicaca National Reserve. Peru’s beautiful habitat is one of the main reasons for visiting Peru.
It’s one-of-a-kind festivals and holiday celebrations!
You may have heard of the Inca festival of Inti Raymi on June 24. Well, that is just one of Peru’s yearly festivals. Others are, namely, Semana Santa, Festival of San Juan and who could forget, their Independence Day – July 28! If you happen to travel to Peru during one of these festive seasons, you will be sure to experience a flood of culture, parading processions and even a day of just sheer relaxation as marked by the Festival of San Juan.
Peru’s pulsating streets are one of the best reasons for visiting Peru.
Speaking of processions; on any given day, you may find Peruvians displaying their warm, friendly and welcoming personalities in their dance! I doubt you’ll want to pass up on the opportunity to show some moves or even learn some new ones, as Peruvians do their dances in the streets! Their vibrant streets is something to experience and will leave memories for those who travel to Peru.
Places to see in Peru and experience for hikers or trekkers.
Are you someone who would just love to pack your bags and head out into the great unknown, the wild, into mother nature? Well, here is another reason for visiting Peru. With many nature trails for serious hikers or trekkers, Peru promises to provide an unforgettable hiking experience that will enhance your travel to Peru. You can choose from one-day treks or multiple day walks. Among your many choices would be the Alpamayo Circuit, the Andean treks from Huaraz, the hikes into the Peruvian Amazon, or the treks on the Inca Trail or through Machu Picchu.
The Instagram moments of your travel to Peru!
Peru’s picturesque scenery is another of the many reasons for visiting Peru. If you are into dynamic sceneries of volcanic rocks, and volcanoes, then Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa, is definitely the place to see in Peru. Arequipa is said to be Peru’s most attractive city as well; how does that sound for a bucket list? If you prefer, however, to just roam and be taken away with the wonders of a “city within a city”, then Peru’s Santa Catalina Monastery is another of the places for you to see in Peru. This city currently houses approximately 20 ruins, and on its walls, can be found beautiful paintings of splashes of colors that would capitate your eyes, mind and heart. If present, a local guide will be able to educate you on the meaning behind the paintings.
Their diverse fauna.
Ever heard of the wild vicuña? Peru is home to a vast array of unique creatures which are such an integral part of the land, culture and people. These unique animals are definitely one of the best reasons for visiting Peru. Not only will you find llamas and alpacas there, but you may also encounter or hear of wildlife such as the jaguar, the Andean cock-of-the-rock, the Humboldt Penguin, the Amazon River Dolphin and the Peruvian Hairless Dog. Not only are the fauna useful to Peru for nature’s sake, but many of these animals are a great supplier of the materials that Peruvians use to make their different fabrics and clothing.
Reasons for visiting Peru? It’s Clothing and Textiles.
Speaking of fabrics; Peru has a wide range of unique and colorful crafts and textiles, which will surely make you glad you traveled to Peru. Peruvians have years of traditional fiber-work which they use to create one of kind, elaborate and inimitable goods. Think of alpaca scarves, uniquely woven quilts, paintings, drawings and hand-dyed cushion covers; you won’t be disappointed on your travel to Peru. They are a real treat.
Treat yourself with treats on your travel to Peru.
But then again, there are some actual treats that you may love to try on your travel to Peru, like Pisco, Peru’s national drink. You may also like to try the Peruvian chocolate. These are just a few, delicious reasons for visiting Peru, and you can be sure that it will be a visit that you won’t regret.
The distinguished Colca Canyon.
You might’ve come to the Colca Canyon before. This canyon is twice as deep as Arizona’s canyon and has actual, active volcanoes. It features treks, soaring condors, ancient villages and is uniquely lined by Incan terraces. After a day of adventure, you can retreat to one of the many hot springs around the canyon or to one of the soothing thermal baths. One of the “must-see” places to see in Peru.
The oldest abandoned city. No, it’s not Machu Picchu.
Now, even with all those reasons, some might be thinking, what’s better than Machu Picchu. Well, let me introduce you to Kuélap; Peru’s mountaintop abandoned city. Archaeologists claim that Kuélap was founded by the Chachapoya people from around 800AD; thus, it would be hundreds of years older than Machu Picchu. Here is one of the many reasons for visiting Peru; here is a beautiful place to see in Peru and it will be worth the travel to Peru. On a tour of this ancient landmark, your tour guide may show you actual skeletons, calendars and temples in the walls.
Why travel to Peru? You won’t have to break the bank.
Now, last but most certainly not least, another reason to travel to Peru is because visiting Peru is extremely affordable!!! Peru is not only rewarding on the appetite, on the sights and on the vast amount of knowledge that will be garnered, but is also extremely rewarding on the pocket! Without having tons of money, you can easily budget your way through the places to see in Peru and each of its activities that you would like to engage in, on your travel to Peru.
From the breathtaking sceneries and villages, culture, food, festivities and wildlife to the gentle, sweet people, there are numerous reasons for visiting Peru. If you are still wondering, “Why should I visit Peru?”, my answer would simply be, “Why shouldn’t you?” And if all reasons fade, let’s not forget how affordable it is! It is almost unbelievable to calculate the many benefits, privileges and experiences you can get on a low budget on your travel to Peru! It is not too good to be true, it’s true!