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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 fascinate 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 its cultural influences.

The ancient Inca ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world. You’ll find some of their most impressive ruins in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, which are best experienced when hiking the Inca Trail.

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

I recommend checking Viator to get deals and discounts on tours not only to Machu Picchu but also to all of these cultural and historic sites previously mentioned.

Since Cusco will probably be your starting point for Machu Picchu, I recommend checking the best-reviewed hotels in Cusco and their latest deals on TripAdvisor so that you can save money on accommodation.

Peruvians in Cusco Peru

2. To Meet the People

It’s always interesting to meet new people and to experiment with 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 of 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 handicrafts.

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

As 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 by the 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 combinations are unlimited. Peru makes it perfect for doing many short-budget trips that will allow you to experience this natural variety.

And if you’re traveling Peru with kids, you won’t need to worry as it is diverse enough to provide a thrilling experience for them too.

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 holds not only 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 about trying an Andean delicacy, try guinea pig meat – Cuy. 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 for preventing 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?

7 Reasons Why You Must Visit Peru
Images 5 and 7 from Wikipedia, image 6 from Flickr’s Creative Commons.
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  1. 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!

    1. 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. Oh the food, it is SO delicious. Although I highly recommending heading North of Lima for the best Peruvian food.

    1. Indeed, SO delicious! I need to roam North of Lima, I’ve read a couple of your post on this area and they made it clear that I missed a lot by not going there.

        1. I would recommend to check Ayngelina’s post on the North of Peru as I haven’t made my way there, properly. I only went to Mancora, which was a nice beach town, but I’m sure there’s much more to see.

    2. The North is where the food is at!! Most definitely [I’m peruvian, so I might be a bit biased :D]
      Que Vive el Peru, Carajo!!

        1. I am Peruvian, and meet several places, I have tasted different cuisines and being objective, the best cuisine over the world is Peruvian cuisine, but not the high restaurant, you most to tasted the best food when you enter public houses.

  3. 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?

    1. Ha!! Sure you’re going to find a couple men on the beach, they’re just outside the photo. lol 🙂

    1. 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! 🙂

    2. Are you from peru my son is getting married and me and his three younger siblings supposed to go can I talk to someone I never left us

    1. Such a great destination indeed! It’s so easy to get sold on going to Peru… this country has everything it needs to lure you in! 🙂

  4. 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!

    1. 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!

  5. We are heading to South America next year and I’m looking forward to Peru the most. It may have something to do with the waves. 😉 Scott has been there twice and loves it!

    1. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!

    1. 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. 😀

    1. 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! 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. Beautiful pictures! We’re so excited about our upcoming South America trip and can’t wait to see Peru for ourselves. Thanks for sharing this!

        1. You can manage without speaking Spanish or Portuguese (for Brazil), but it always helps to at least know the basic.

          1. So Spanish is spoken in Peru? One of my main concerns is doctors, dental, and hospital care and expense. U all seen young and we r not but regardless if we were to become ill or God forbid something serious we would need to know about this. If u do not know do u know where I could get that information?

          2. Yes, Spanish is the main language in Peru. While I can’t speak from experience with medical situations in Peru, often, Doctors and medical staff in “Travel Clinics” or major hospitals will speak at least basic English. Travel clinics specialize in treating foreigners with basic medical need, so you’ll have a good chance of finding someone who speaks English. You could do a google search with “Travel Clinic in Lima/Cuzco” (or any other city) to see if they have any available.

  9. 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! =)

    1. 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!

  10. 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.

    1. 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!

  11. 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

    1. Hi Marcos –

      Great to see you around. Thanks! I too believe is definitely worth visiting and exploring beyond the recognizable sites.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 …

  14. 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 (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?

    1. 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! 😉

  15. What an amazing reason about a visit to Peru you have given here. I had traveled only Machu Pichu in Peru last year. Even more reasons to want to visit Peru such as Peruvian food, their cuisine, Natural atmosphere, Chan Chan city, etc.

    1. We r from Florida and enjoy the warmth so tell me when is the best time to spend 3 months there and where is the best place to b? I don’t think I would enjoy Lima we would b more interested in the beach area. We r not young like u so we don’t care about the women (I might b interested n the men for just a minute) but a condo on the beach would b right up our alley.

  16. I am interested in visiting Peru not so much anymore since I heard it had eight months of overcast Skies I’m from Florida and would not enjoy that any suggestions for somewhere south of there? Along with every other good things that has been said about Peru good hospitals excetera?

    1. Hi Anna –

      Sure, I would actually highly recommend to go to Cusco (to visit Machu Picchu), also to Huacachina (the oasis), Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Nazca, and more. Peru has so many places worth visiting, so I’m sure you’ll find it quite enjoyable. All of those places I mentioned are south of Lima, but I would still recommend you to google them to find out more about what you can do there. But for sure, Cusco must be on your list!

    1. Hi Kenny –

      It depends on where you go. Cusco is pretty high, so you’ll feel it there. What I can recommend is to spend an extra day in Cusco (your first day there) just relaxing while you get used to the altitude and thinner air. Your body will acclimate in time and you’ll be able to perform regular activities like in any other city. Also, drink coca tea as it helps acclimate and reduces the altitude sickness symptoms like headache, stomach ache, and dizziness.

  17. Hi! I’m Peruvian and I feel great for reading this. I completely agree with everything you’ve mentioned. Greetings!

    1. Thank you so much, Joaquín! I love Peru and have gone there a few times now. It’s such an amazing country I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to.

  18. Hey there, your blog is really amazing! Actually, we are planning on going to Peru next year. Thanks dear for sharing your amazing blog.

  19. Thanks For Sharing these I had an amazing time in Peru when I visited in last 2 week. I stayed in the Amazon, explored the small town of Puerto Maldonado, and ended the trip in Lima with outer travels inner journeys.

  20. Peru is very well for its beautiful beaches and top suffering sports are the beaches. For a good time in the sun, sand and crystal waters. I have planned my trip to this calm and quiet holiday destination. My tour company “Green Peru Adventures” providing me enough information before my reach.

  21. Thanks for sharing Norbert! Peru is indeed a fascinating place to visit and we loved it there. Macchu Pichu was just stunning, and the diverse range of things to see such as beautiful Inca architecture, the Amazon River, Atacama Desert and cloud forests was just amazing!