25
01/2014
Travel

The Great Outdoors of Peru

Peru (small)Peru; diversity at it’s best. With ranging climates of dry deserts, lush tropics and blistering Andes, it is no wonder no one knows where to start.

Be it in school or work, we tend to spend most of our day behind a desk surrounded by four walls. Eventually this starts to take a toll on both your body and mind. Hence, the last thing you need in a vacation is to be surrounded by more walls. You need open space and lots of fresh air...You need Peru. 

We start our exploration with Peru’s number one tourist attraction; Machu Picchu. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", it is not only one of the most prominent symbols of the Incan Empire, but also one of the most famous sets of ruins in the world. When visiting this awe inspiring place, be sure to take your time and look around, there are many places to see and explore. However, if you feel like you need a little help navigating this ancient city, tours are made available to help you understand and appreciate the ruins better. 

Though Machu Picchu is where all the Incan archaeology fans go, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is still a must. If not for it’s ruins and archaeological sites, then for the region’s breathtaking landscapes and lush agricultural. If once again you would rather be guided through the sites, guided tours of the Sacred Valley can be organized from Cusco, which can include river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. 

Another popular tourist attraction would be touring the floating islands Lake Titicaca. This offers an interesting perspective into the lives of Peru’s aboriginal people, ones that pre-dates even the Incan civilization; the Uros tribe. There you can see first hand how they live and their unique culture and traditions. Moreover, stepping on an island made entirely of reeds is a feeling you don’t want to miss!

Last but not least, located just outside the city of Ica, is Huacachina, a desert village is built around a small natural lake surrounded from all sides by tall sand dunes. This Peruvian desert oasis has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years for its sand boarding and high speed dune buggy rides.

Though these are but a sample of what Peru can offer, don’t be afraid to go out and explore the rest of the great outdoors of Peru.