We spent almost 3 weeks in Peru, and honestly, it wasn’t enough. There’s so much more to do, so many more places to visit. Nevertheless, we had a great time and here are some of the highlights.
1. Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
It wasn’t what we originally planned, but I’m so happy we did it! It was a bit challenging, but absolutely stunning and unforgettable experience. Read about it here.
2. Flight over Nazca lines
For me, Nazca lines are some of the most mysterious things in Peru. When you take a flight over them, it’s hard to believe that something like that was done without a possibility to see it from the top. You keep wondering what that really was for and how many people worked on them to make Nazca lines happen.
3. Sandboarding in Huacachina
Even though it was more of a belly-down-boarding than actual sandboarding, we must admit it’s a very special experience. Some people did rent real snowboards and went down standing, but it didn’t work so well in the sand and they got stuck half-way each time. Another option to try is skiing; and make sure you get an adventure-seeking buggy driver to make your way to and from the dunes worth remembering. Make your Huacachina sandboarding experience easy to unforgettable by taking some sunset photos!
4. Visiting Ballestas islands
I think that seeing animals in their natural habitat is such an amazing way to experience natural world! Dolphins, sea lions, penguins, pelicans – if Ballestas islands are poor man’s Galapagos islands, then I’m sure looking forward to go to Ecuador one day!
5. Spending some time exploring Cusco
Most people go to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu, but damn, this city is beautiful. Make sure you don’t rush through, enjoy Cusco and its cuisine.
6. Visiting Slave Tunnels
This was one of the things we enjoyed thanks to Peru Hop. The tunnels are 35 km long and were made to bring in slaves, when it was already forbidden. It’s a really interesting experience, and just the mansion itself is worth seeing. If you get a chance, try to stay in this hotel and maybe explore the tunnels by yourself.
We are already looking forward to coming back to Peru to visit Peruvian jungles, do a Chiquequirao Trek and explore Northern part of the country. Meanwhile, we are still high on our experiences there and highly recommend this country for a visit. If you do take a trip to Peru, try to include Bolivia in your itinerary – that’s another place we’re definitely coming back to.