Top things to do in Peru
A visual tour through the best of Peru.
Tempt your tastebuds with the local cuisine
Peru is the gastronomic capital of South America so you would be missing out if you didn’t sample the local flavours. The seafood dish ceviche washed down with a pisco sour is recommended and if you’re adventurous you can try alpaca or even the local delicacy guinea pig
Take a glorious train ride
Whether on the Vistadome with its panoramic windows on the way to Machu Picchu, the luxurious old world feel of the Hiram Bingham or the scenic observation car onboard the Andean Explorer to Puno, relax and enjoy the rail journey through the mountains.
Pay a visit to a local community
Be inspired by the simplicity and generosity of people living in the Andes, Lake Titicaca and even in the remote Amazon
Head off the tourist trail
While most travellers stop in Lima and Cuzco, you might discover more of Peru’s beauty by heading to another city. Head to colonial Arequipa (pictured) and even the scenic Colca Canyon, travel by road from Lima to Paracas and fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines or about 9 hours from Cuzco you will find Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
No visit to Peru is complete without visiting the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu
This Inca citadel is unforgettable both due to its sheer scale as one of the largest remains of this civilisation as well as its setting between amazing mountains and valleys.
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