What to see in Peru besides Machu Picchu
Package holidays to Peru count with magnificent and indescribable city of Machu Picchu which is the main center of attention, but we would be surprised if we knew about many others wonder we can enjoy in the Andean country besides the enigmatic Incan city. What can we see and do in Peru besides visiting the second wonder of the modern world?
Cuzco: the entry door to Machu Picchu
- Starting an article about recommended places to visit in Peru besides its main attractive talking about the city where is placed is cheating. But Cuzco, born in the Incan settlement that evolved and became in Machu Picchu, shines with its own light and not the shadow of the monumental place focus of pilgrimage from all above the world.
Additionally to vestiges from Incan civilization we can find jewels from the colonial times such as Santo Domingochurch, built over the stones of Incan Casas del Sol.
Titicaca Lake: naturalmagnificence
A country doesn’t become a premium touristic destination only with millenary or contemporary constructions built by men. Natural and breath-taking landscapes such as the surroundings of Titicaca Lake are part of the resources that really give quality to a touristic destination.
Titicacaca is at 3.800 meters of height and means a natural border with Brazil. It is the highest navigable lake in the world, which allows enjoying lake landscapes surrounded by astonishing Andean scenarios.
Islas Ballestas: natural islands
Besides the immensity of Andean valleys and the magnificence of landscapes like Titicaca Lake, we have to add a wonderful coastal area: Islas Balletas. These islands are nature reserves we can see from Pisco coast. Pisco is known because of the national drink with the same name.
This archipelago has just 0,12 square kilometres distributed in three islands where we can find a rich variety of fauna between impressive natural landscapes, such as sea lions, penguins or pelicans.
Nazca: the most magical place in Peru
Near Nazca, in the middle of the desert, we can find the famous Nazca’s lines: a group of drawings made in stone by Nazca civilization as oblation to Gods in order to get abundant rains.
Nazca’s lines can be seen from air or from surrounding hills. They have different zoomorphic and geometric figures. The most famous are the one representing a monkey and the one called colibrí, which has become a national symbol and is widely recognised in popular imaginary.
Arequipa: the reborn city
Mountains, islands, coasts and even a desert. The variety of natural assets of Peru has no limit. We also have to add the existence of an active volcano that more than once has destroyed Arequipa, a city between Nazca and Titicaca Lake.
Even though Arequipa has been buried by ashes several occasions, it still has big jewels from its colonial past. For example, the magnificent Plaza de Armasand its wonderful cathedral where we can see the immensity of the stone giants that surround it.
The capital Lima and its tasty gastronomy and baroque culture, Iquitos and the Amazonian immensity, the incredible biodiversity in Puerto Maldonado, the magical Valle Sagrado… Do you still have any doubt about travelling to Peru only to see Machu Picchu?