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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.