Five top things to do in Peru

Whether it's exploring stunning natural landscapes, ancient cultures or fascinating colonial cities - Peru is a travel destination packed with amazing experiences that will stay with you forever. Adam Ford checks in with five must-sees and dos...

Top things to do in Peru

Top things to do in Peru

South America is that mysterious land mass to the east that we Aussies know so little about.

That’s why we jumped at the opportunity recently to join deluxe Aussie tour company Evergreen Tours on their ‘Best of South America’ tour through Chile and Peru. It felt like a true journey of discovery!

If you are considering a visit to South America, here are five top things to do in Peru.

Top things to do in Peru

Cusco. Image: Bigstock

Live it up in Lima

Peru’s capital city Lima hasn’t always got a great rap. It’s a big, sprawling metropolis that has had its fair share of social issues to deal with over the years, but 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.

Top things to do in Peru

Top things to do in Peru: Visit Lima. Image: Bigstock

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 our 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.

Top things to do in Peru

Top things to do in Peru: Floating Islands of Uros. Image: Bigstock

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.

Featuring fabulous local produce, and prepared with loads of innovation, the food in Peru will absolutely delight you. From alpaca carpaccio to roasted cuy (guinea pig), the surprises just keep on coming. Wash it all down with a delicious Pisco Sour.

Top things to do in Peru

Top things to do in Peru: Sample Peruvian cuisine. Image: Photodune

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.

Top things to do in Peru

Top things to do in Peru: Cusco Cathedral. Image: Photodune

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.

Top things to do in Peru

Top things to do in Peru: Machu Picchu

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.

Adam travelled as a guest of Evergreen Tours. 

Do you have any suggestions to add to our list of the top things to do in Peru? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Additional images: Bigstock


Adam Ford

About the writer

Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a Melbourne-based travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. Adam has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. He 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. Adam also appears regularly as a travel commentator on Sky News Business Class. 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.


  1. Did you hike up to Machu Picchu? Is that the only way in? Love all of your photos. It looks like a great trip.

    • Hi there. Thanks for the message. No we didn’t. We caught the train to Machu Picchu station, then took a coach up to the site. We hope to do the four day Inca Trail next time though!

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