Researching a visit to South America? Get inspired by these episodes of the Tour the World travel TV series, as we join Evergreen Tours on their Best of South America tour through Peru. Highlights include a visit to mysterious Machu Picchu, a walking tour around the ancient city of Cusco, and a visit to the Floating Islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca...
Looking for ideas for travel to Machu Picchu, Lima and Cusco in Peru? In this episode of the with Tour the World travel TV series, we join Evergreen Tours on a section of their Best of South America itinerary through Chile and Peru.
Prepare yourself for a holiday like no other in fascinating Peru.
If you’re planning a visit to the region, these two episodes of Tour the World with Evergreen Tours — hosted by The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s editor Adam Ford — are packed with Peru travel ideas and inspiration, including culture, dining, history, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos.
Whether you plan to travel with a tour group or independently, in these episodes you’ll get information about visiting historic Lima, Cusco, the magnificent Sacred Valley, the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. The tour also stops in Santiago — Chile’s captivating capital city.
Here are Adam’s top five experiences from this amazing tour.
1. Live it up in Lima
Peru’s capital city Lima doesn’t always get a great rap. It’s a big, sprawling metropolis that has had its fair share of social issues to deal with over the years. However, don’t let that stop you spending some time here. Lima could quite possibly turn out to be the biggest surprise of your trip!
The historic city centre has so much to see and do, the food is absolutely sensational and the weather is always good — it virtually never rains. Lima is fiery, passionate and a little rough around the edges — but you’ll love it.
2. Cruise Lake Titicaca to the Floating Islands of Uros
Gorgeous Lake Titicaca in Peru’s southern highlands is one of the world’s highest bodies of water, but it’s the fascinating Floating Islands of Uros that put this destination on my list of top things to do in Peru. Like giant storks’ nests, these man-made islands are inhabited by some of the hardiest and nicest people you could ever hope to meet. It may be cold and clammy living on the lake, but the welcome you’ll get is incredibly warm.
3. Sample nuevo Peruvian cuisine
Peruvian cuisine is exceptional and the toast of the culinary elite the world over. It’s a unique historic fusion of influences — including Spanish, Andean, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and more. From alpaca carpaccio to roasted cuy (guinea pig), the surprises just keep on coming. Wash it all down with a Pisco Sour.
4. Get lost in Cusco
Cusco is one of the oldest cities on the South American continent. The historic city centre is a colonial time-capsule, with rich Inca pickings to boot. There’s something new to discover around every corner in this living museum. Start in the fabulous colonnades of the Plaza de Armas and prepare to be amazed.
5. Marvel at Machu Picchu
What can we say about Machu Picchu that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? Only that every word of it is true. Behold the majestic kingdom in the sky. Once you’ve had your visual fill of this mountain-top masterpiece, find a little space of your own, sit with your back against a warm stone wall built centuries ago by Inca hands, close your eyes and just be.
Once you’ve had your visual fill of this mountain-top masterpiece, find a little space of your own, sit with your back against a warm stone wall built centuries ago by Inca hands, close your eyes and just be.
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Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Adam worked as a travel consultant for a number of years with Flight Centre before taking up the opportunity to travel the world himself as host of the TV series Tour the World on Network Ten. He loves to experience everything a new destination has to offer and is equally at home in a five-star Palazzo in Pisa or a home-stay in Hanoi.