7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Peru

Every place on Earth is fascinating and unique, but Peru is one of those countries that manage to stand above the crowd.  This place has so many natural and cultural treasures that have fascinated people for hundreds of years, and still fascinates them today.  There are thousands of reasons to go to this great destination, but here are 7 reasons why you should visit Peru.

Machu Picchu in Cusco Peru

1. To experience its ancient ruins and culture

There is an incredible amount of interesting history easily accessible to any traveler.  Whether it is through visiting a museum, wandering around a town or village, or hiking to one of the hidden Inca ruins, you will always be surrounded by the strong presence of history and of their cultural influences.

The ancient Inca ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world.  Among the most impressive are the ruins at the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; best experienced when hiking the Inca Trail.

But the Inca ruins are not the only remains of ancient civilizations.  In the north you can find ancient civilizations in the city of Chan Chan, while at the south you can find interesting evidence of ancient cultures at the Lake Titicaca, the city of Puno and at the Nazca Lines.

Peruvians in Cusco Peru

2. To meet the people

It’s always interesting to meet new people and to experiment new cultures, but Peruvians make this act an even more interesting and enjoyable experience.  Many Peruvians still have a direct link with their Inca ancestors, proudly conserving the Quechua culture that is so important to Peru’s past.

Most people are hard workers, extremely polite, peaceful, helpful, and curious about the interest in their visitors.  Many of them have never traveled out of the country or even out of their cities or villages.  Sharing stories with them makes for an interesting learning experience about the country and about their tales.

Peru Handcrafts

3. To enjoy their handcrafts

Where can you find Peruvian history, culture, art, and exceptional skills all into one?  The answer is; in their handcrafts.

Textiles are some of the most famous handcrafts you’ll find in any part of Peru.  You can see the women weaving those exquisite patterns that make up a decorative wall carpet, scarf, jumper, or anything in between.

Other great artisanal crafts are found in the form of instruments, wood carvings, canvas paintings, jewelry, and more.  Not only do these make great souvenirs and travel mementos, but by buying them you are helping to support their traditions and are giving the opportunity of decent living to a family.

Peru Nature

4. To see firsthand its natural diversity

Like stated before, Peru counts with 28 individual climates.  This creates a diverse ecosystem and natural variety, all in one country.  You can see snow in the Andes, and not far away you can sandboard in the desert in Huacachina Oasis. You can see Penguins at Ballestas Islands next to the dry and desert like town of Paracas, and you can row peacefully in the Amazonian jungle rivers.  You can hike up to a summit in the Andes, or you can go down to the deepest canyons in the world – Cañón del Colca and Cañón del Cotahuasi.

The varieties and combination is unlimited.  Peru makes it perfect to do many short budget trips that will allow you to experience this natural variety.

Peru cuisine

5. To indulge in their cuisine

It’s said that Peru has one of the best cuisines in America.  I believe that’s true.

Peru not only holds a variety of ethnic mixes, but also a climatic variety of 28 individual climates. This mixing of cultures and variety of climates differ from city to city, thus creating a varied cuisine across the country.

Dishes like Lomo Saltado, Ceviche Mixto, Empanadas, Tiradito, Butifarra, and Chicharrón are some of the must-try dishes in Peru.  If you’re curious in trying an Andean delicacy, try guinea pig meat.  It’s juicy and tender but not for the weak stomach. In general, Peruvian meals tend to be spicy and heavy, but so delicious.

Peru Beach

6. To enjoy their beaches

Peru is well known for its beautiful beaches, and it is no secret that this is a destination surfers will not want to miss.  Top surfing spots are the beaches of Herradura, Costa Verde, and Punta Rocas – all located to the south of Lima, Peru’s Capital.  For a good time in the sun, sand, and crystal waters; you can go to popular beaches like El Silencio, Punta Sal, Punta Hermosa, Pucusana, and Santa María.

Pisco Sours in Peru

7. To enjoy their drinks!

Great drinks must accompany great food. Right? Peru makes sure that’s the way it’s done.  Whether you prefer the bubble gum tasting Inca Kola or the strong beers, Peruvian drinks will make you addicted to them.

Some of the local drinks you will find (and love) are the famous wines from the Ica region, the pisco sours (a sweet, lime tasting, but strong drink containing egg whites – check out this post to learn how to make it), the emoliente, and the coca tea (perfect to prevent altitude sickness).

If you’re like me and love to drink Coca Cola, then you’ll taste the best Cokes in the world while there.  They are sweetened with real sugar!

What other reasons will make you go to Peru?

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Images 5 and 7 from Wikipedia, image 6 from Flickr’s Creative Commons. This was a sponsored post.

Comments

  1. says

    Great article. I think you named all the reasons why I keep coming back to live here-I truly love this place. Amazing archaeological sites, cave systems, natural springs, land diversity, tasty variety of food…The culture. Thanks for reminding me I picked a great spot. Living in Cusco for the next 6 months, well, I won’t soon forget.
    Viva Peru!

    • says

      Wow, great place you chose to live for the next 6 months! I loved Cusco so much… so much good food! Ahh, what a life you’ll have there! :)

  2. says

    Seven terrific reasons! You’ve just enticed me more about going to Peru. Sounds like Peruvians are lovely people – would like to meet them. Only one question – there weren’t any men on the beaches?

    • says

      Thanks Sarah! Those were my two main reasons when I decided to go there… and on top of the list was hiking the Inca Trail. But, once you get there you’ll find there is a lot more than just Machu Picchu that can be a great reason to stay there! :)

  3. says

    I spent two weeks in Peru last August and had an amazing time! You’ve covered a lot of the highlights. Thanks for bringing some good memories back. Hmmm, I could go for a Pisco Sour right now!

    • says

      Hey David, thanks for stopping by! Ah, you have no idea how many good memories came to mind while writing this post. ha! Would join you on that Pisco Sour!

    • says

      So Cool! I think you’re going to love the waves! I’m not a pro surfer like you guys, but seeing those waves made me want to jump in there! Even if it was to just go body surfing! :)

  4. says

    I really want to visit Peru – we almost went this year but decided to go to Bolivia instead. I didn’t know you could see penguins there, cool!

    • says

      Ah, Bolivia! We can switch then as I’m dying to go to Bolivia! Yes, you can see penguins there! I was equally surprised when I came through that fact. :D

    • says

      This is one more reason that will make me go back. I didn’t know about Putukusi. Your experience sounds amazing. I’m in for discovering that place. Thanks Connie! :)

  5. says

    It’s been a year since my last trip to Peru and I’ve been craving Tiradito for about eight months. Can’t wait to go back in May!

  6. says

    Lovely post, you’ve just given me even more reasons to want to visit Peru now and I think it’s now number 1 on my list of places to visit in South America. I already wanted to visit to see Machu but now want to visit all the other places you’ve mentioned too, especially the beaches! =)

    • says

      Thanks Seri, good to see you around! Wow, Peru has so many good reasons to visit it. So far it is my favorite place in South America, and I’m looking to go back. Machu Picchu is really a must see place, and if you’re up to hiking the Inca Trail, I would say it is a must have experience. And like you saw, Machu Picchu is not the only place to visit in Peru, there are so many more place that are worth visiting. Cheers!

  7. says

    I’ve been living and travelling in Peru for over two years now – I’ll never run out of fresh experiences and new places to explore! It’s a fascinating country.

    • says

      Hey Tony! Good to see you around. I’m pretty sure it’s easy to find new stuff to do there since Peru is so full of cool and interesting things to do, and they are so different depending on the region you visit. Indeed it is a fascinating country!

  8. Marcos Ly says

    Hey Norbert:

    Congrats for the excellent web page about Peru.
    You are definitely helping many people to become citizens of the world.
    Thanks for the great info. It is really and truly awesome.I enjoyed it alot.
    Peru is worth visiting it for a while and take quite a look at it.
    Take care,

    Marcos Ly
    Maths/Physics/English Professor
    Huazhong University
    Wuchang,Wuhan,China.

  9. Raul says

    Great post man. I am Peruvian and it feels really good to see other people enjoying it. La selva is also another great place to visit if you are trying to enjoy a Texas type hot weather, eat weird but good food and have delicious drink plus all the exotic animals are great . There’s also tribes with lots of history to explore and can’t stop mentioning the amazonas which is really beautiful. Thanks again for showing people the real beauty of Peru.

  10. says

    Best Cocine I´ve ever try in my Life !!!! OMG Peruvians are so Lucky , They got the best ,more clean and Pure Yeyo in the wolld and also the best prices ever , Inka Style , don´t leave Peru without trying their blow … GT !! good times …

  11. Monica says

    Great article about my country! I think I have to say thank you Norbert.
    My country is really a great place to visit and to live, it´s such a very beautiful country and it allow persons to do a lot of adventures sports since the most simple to the most scary. The food, oh wow! yes, that’s why is one of the best in the world http://pinterest.com/anisadiaz/peruvian-food-the-best-in-the-world/ (very important to know more about it).
    But please Norbert you have forgotten something very important to write on your article…..the beauty of peruvian women!! one of the most valued beauties in the world!
    That’s why you can see many foreing men married with peruvians beauties, right?

    • says

      Thanks, Monica! Oh yes, I have to say Peruvian food is just incredibly delicious! One of my favorites!
      haha, yes, I forgot to write about the beautiful Peruvian women! ;)

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