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As Operator Travel Agency are the first to admit that the main reason we visited Peru was experiencing the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. After all, this is a new Seven Wonders of the World and has become one of the most renowned tourist attractions in the world they visit.

 

We trekking challenges that have become great memorable experiences touring the legendary Inca Trail to the lost city of the Incas. It is the main reason that Peru has become one of our favorite countries to visit archaeological zones ! We have no doubt but Machu Picchu all the fame rightly takes , there is much more to do in Peru and see other archaeological sites, ruins, villages , customs, festivals , hiking , boating, etc.

 

We have other things to do in Peru than Machu Picchu

 

Explore the Cachicata Trek

Another oldest points is through Cachicata near Machu Picchu, is an alternative path and attractive route due to excess Inca Trail visitors . Cachicata is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this tour may observe Huarocondor terraces , the fall of water, Inca ruins , Andean terraces , Intipunko (Puerta del Sol ), the original Inca Trail, stone quarries . During this tour you can enjoy hiking and observing both the nature of the Andean highlands surrounding it. Then continue the walk where we arrive at Ollantaytambo archaeological site and then take the train to Aguas Calientes. The last day of the trip we visit the lost city of the Incas which comes to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

 

Hike the Colca Canyon in Arequipa

Being a visitor to the beauty of the Colca Canyon we must not lose the spectacular scenery that surrounds it. It is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca river descends 3,500 meters above sea level at 2,200 meters in Chivay Cabanaconde . The statement of the Colca Canyon to fame is that it is 2 times deeper than the Grand Canyon in the United States, although the walls are not as vertical or dramatic. The region is also known as the home of the rare Andean Condor , a huge bird with the largest wingspan of any land bird at 3,200 meters.

They can book tours of several days and / or sightseeing tours in the white city of Arequipa , being the second largest city of Peru . The trail passes through the remarkable misti volcano heights of 4.900 meters , before descending into the lush impressive Colca Valley below.

Veremosvarios mountain villages in the valley , but the most popular places is the town of Chivay , famous for its natural hot springs and spectacular views for every tourist who is admired.

 

Tour of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca in Puno

It has a title of being the largest lake in South America is also the world's highest navigable lake . The air is magically clear here, as dazzling sunlight bathes the high altiplano highlands and flashes of deep water. Horizons stretch to almost unlimited , with ancient burial towers and crumbling colonial churches. The floating islands are home to the tribe of the Uros , ancient Inca civilization that existed before the viceroyalty .

The port of Puno is an ideal starting point to visit the far reaches of the islands across Lake Titicaca from artificial reeds made more remote islands , where rural living for centuries. Walking the floating islands offers an interesting life in the Aboriginal peoples of Peru perspective. It's a strange feeling the first time you enter an island made of reeds only by their own people ! .

The best way to travel to Lake Titicaca is to take the bus from Cusco to Puno ( assuming you visit after exploring Machu Picchu) or from Arequipa. No need to make reservations in advance , because it is easy to book day trips to the floating islands of Puno by boat

 

Inca Trail trek

The Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu is the most famous and popular Machu Picchu hike and even one of the most favorite treks in the world!!! Discover one of the most pristine landscapes of Peru and experience an Andean journey to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Hike the Classic Inca Trail through high mountain passes, highland meadows and tropical cloud forests. This 4 day trek to Machu Picchu ends up by entering this Incan sanctuary through the famous Sun´s Gate ("Inti Punku" in Quechua native language). Be one of the many adventurers from around the world, who has successfully done this moderate to difficult Machu Picchu 4 day hike!

Enjoy the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with many archaeological Inka sites along the way and travel completely in touch with Mother Earth ("Pachamama" in Quechua native language) revealing to you its surrounding snow-peaked mountains, mountain rivers and amazing diversity of flora and fauna. This 4 day Inca Trail hike is absolutely stunning!! Join the group and tie up your shoes!!

 

Discovering the deep Peru: Salkantay Trek

This is one of the most interesting and important Inca trail Alternative to do, due to its wide range diversity in flora and different ecosystems, and its inca site laid on top of a mountain and just in front of the back of the Machupichu mountain, and this trail finally gets to Aguas Calientes located at the base of the historical and archeological site of Machu Picchu, from where we take a early bus up there to see the sunshine and avoid crowds whilst doing Machu Picchu with one of our English speaking tour and knowledgeable guides.

 

Enjoying the Machu Picchu of the Northen: Kuelap & Chachapoyas

This high jungle citadel built by the Chachapoyas culture is called Machu Picchu of the Northern Peru and it has a potential to become the second most important tourist destination of the Peruvian ancient country!

 

Climbing in Huaraz

Join an ice-climbing expedition to see some of the most beautiful peaks in the world such as Huascaran or Alpamayo, or just go for a day-climb, for example, to the stunning Lake 69! All of these sites are placed in the Huascaran National Park and belongs to the Cordillera Blanca!

 

River Rafting

You find the best white river rafting opportunities close to Cusco, Arequipa, Tarapoto or in the Apurimac Canyon when rafting the wild Apurimac River! Before each rafting tour, you are always given an instruction talk and provided with modern rafting equipment. In Peru, you can find diverse rapid classes that suit to every skill level!

 

Jungle Lodges

There is loads of Amazon lodges in Peru that are situated within the world´s most diverse eco-system and the so called "Lungst of the World" - Amazon Rainforest. From there, you can search many rainforest animals such as giant river otters, black caimans, snakes, pumas, monkeys, cabybaras, sloths, a huge number of birds and fishes, etc. You also find here the biggest number of plant species along with over 500 hundred year old trees!!

 

Islas Ballestas

The islands are called the "Galapagos of the Poors" as its entrance and tours are not even a fraction of Galapagos prices while you can find there almost the same fauna! The islands are home to sea lions, Humboldt penguins, cormorants, gulls and a big number of other marine birds. Take a boat tour there to see the Candelabro, a huge petroglyph on a nearby shore!

 

Ayahuasca or San Pedro Ceremony

Participate in a shamanic ceremony by investigating one of the country's hallucinogenic potions that have been used by Amazonian shamans for centuries!

 

Explore the mysteries: Flying over the Nazca Lines

Nazca Lines is a set of enormous petroglyphes created by ancient pre-Incan Nazca culture! The petroglyphes, which display monkeys, spiders, hands, orcas, fish, sharps, lizards, many geometric lines, etc., are located in a desert near the town of Nazca covering many square miles! To fully appreciate the Nazca Lines, you need to take a flight in a tiny aircraft.

 

Mountain Biking

This sport takes off in many areas of the country! Try to bike around coast-line near Lima, among Cusco's archaeological sites or in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

 

Sandboarding

This is a favourite activity when in the desert oasis of Huacachina near Ica City! Try giving a ride on sand dunes as this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 

Tasting Wine and Pisco in Ica

Head for Ica to get a taste of Peru's largest vineyards! Sample the Fond du Cave and a variety of Pisco drinks at the modern facilities of Ocucaje. You can also visit some of rustic smaller vineyards and distillities using unchanged methods since the Colonial times.

 

Language Schools and Volunteering

Whether you like to learn a new skill, a new language or just want to help people in need, there are many options in Peru! For the best of them, try to contact a language school or voluntary organization in Cusco, Huancayo, Lima, Cajamarca or Huaraz.

 

Surfing

Peru can offer one of the best surfing opportunities! You can give a try to this most popular coast sport either close Lima's beaches (a bit crowded though) or better in Huanchaco, a beach just a few minutes far away from Trujillo. Or even better, make a trip to Chicama for the world's longest left-breaking wave!

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