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Ten Things To Do When You're In Peru

Feb 11, 2008
Peru host lively cultural traditions even before Claudio Pizarro learned to play soccer. Today, Peru echoes the historical traditions, the cultural heritage and the pristine environment that attracts people far and wide. Hop in into the Peruvian escape and see these things with your own eyes.

1.) Machu Picchu

Much have been said about this mystical place, but seeing it is a lot different from reading about it. Machu Picchu, along with its thousand and one mysteries, architectural wonder and structural distinctiveness makes the place worth the trip. Visit Machu Picchu and be enthralled by its enigmatic feel and be amazed by the ancient Incan architecture.

2.) Lake Titicaca

Located some 12580 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains and covering an area of 3305 m2, Lake Titicaca is the highest lake navigable to large vessels. Enjoy its bluish hue overshadowing the red-and-brown colors of the Peruvian plains. Find your way into Puno especially during festivals when visiting this site and admire the rich culture of its inhabitants.

3.) Inca Trail

Follow the trail of ancient Incan settlers and find yourself in a middle of lush forest, astounding mountain scenery and unknown Peruvian history. The four-day, 45-kilometer trek will lead you to the Sun Gate, the entrance to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Book early for the government only allows 500 people on the Incan trail everyday.

4.) Sacsayhuamán

While its purpose and the way it was constructed remains a puzzle to men of science, Sacsayhuamán never fails to command awe and respect from the people who visit the Incan ruins. Rocks gathered from places 35 kilometers away, some measuring 8.5m across, were hauled, chipped and fitted perfectly with each other to build this Incan fortress. Take a trip from Cusco and discover for yourself the mystery that revolves around this piece of Incan architecture.

5.) Trekking

Experience the thrill of nature, the warmth of Peruvian culture and the country's relaxing atmosphere by finding your way into several trekking sites in Peru. Climb the Andes Range, follow the Incan Trail and walk the path of pre-Columbian country Peru has to offer. The jaw-dropping sceneries compensates for the exhausting trek up.

6.) Manu National Park

A 25-minute plane from Cusco or one and a half day of bus and boat trip will take you to this pristine repository of Peruvian flora and fauna. Some 850 species of birds have been sighted apart from endangered species like the giant otter, jaguar, and giant armadillo that roams free within its border. Over 15000 species of plants and 250 species of trees has also been discovered in the park, making it the most diversified nature reserve in the world.

7.) Biking

Biking is a consistent part of the discovery of the Peruvian outdoor. A number of companies offer biking tours around the country, on all terrain and on all dates of the year. Be it the busy alleys, the driest desert or the most humid forest, cover Peruvian soil on this dependable gear.

8.) The Peruvian Sand

Cover the sand dunes of Peru in two ways. Rent and ride your board, find your way down the sand dunes and be the Lord of the Sand. Under the sand dunes, rent a ride to take you to your next sand dune.

9.) Cusco

Located some 3360 meters above see level, the Navel of the World, as it is fondly called, is the melting pot of indigenous Peru and the contemporary western world. Fall in love with Cusco's mountain air, its ancient architecture and its vibrant history. Explore Cusco's courtyards, museum, parks, alleys, and churches and find out why Machu Picchu trekkers find it difficult to leave this city.

10.) Piranha Fishing

Want some adrenalin rush while rowing your way in the Amazon minus the wet pants? Throw your conventional rod and reels and find the most comfortable stick you can find for this different kind of fishing trip. Fishing for piranhas is sure to get any adrenal gland pumping.
About the Author
Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.destinationguide.tv/peru to view or share Peru travel videos.
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