Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm
What is Peru Famous for?
Our Travel Experts pick the Top 5 things Peru is Famous for.
What makes Peru Famous? When we talk about what makes Peru famous, the first destination that comes to mind is, of course, Machu Picchu. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is one of the most desired destinations on everybody’s bucket list. However, there is so much more this vibrant and diverse country has to offer. For many years, Peru has managed to attract travelers from all around the world due to its rich history and culture.
But what else is Peru famous for? Make your guess now as to what you think Peru is known for!
Get ready as we recap the What is Peru Famous for?
Ceviche is #5 on our list of what Peru is famous for! Peru is quickly becoming a destination for food and drink enthusiasts. This country is famous worldwide for its lip-smacking seafood. Ceviche is one of the most popular dishes. Made with marinated raw fish in lime juice, served with onions, toasted corns and side dish made with fried potatoes, this entree is sure to become your next favorite ‘must-see’s’ while you are in Peru.
If you cant wait until your next Peru vacation to try out our some authentic Ceviche, here is a recipe you can try at home!
#4. Pisco Sour
You can not make a list of the things that make Peru famous with the world-famous and oh so delicious Pisco Sour! This famous alcoholic beverage is served all across Peru and the rest of the world, and for good reason. BECAUSE IT IS SO TASTY! The Pisco Sour, in fact, Peru’s signature drink. “Pisco” is a Brandy produced in Peru and Chile. So, when you visit Peru next time, you must try this drink.
Here is an authentic Pisco Sour recipe if you want to impress friends at your next cocktail party:
#3. The Amazon Rainforest
#3 on our list of what makes Peru famous is the Amazon Rainforest! If you are looking to connect with nature or want to explore wildlife, the mighty Amazon Rainforest Tour on the Peruvian side is a must. You can either book a cruise or relax at a luxury lodge, but be assured to be blown away by the incredible landscape, flora, and fauna you will witness on your expedition. If you book a cruise, these boats can accommodate up to 20 people and they include many luxury onboard services. You can spot and swim with pink dolphins, kayak, hike in the jungle, spot a variety of wildlife and even go fishing. What a perfect vacation!
If you would rather book a lodge, you can make the vacation even more adventurous by doing more on-land activities including hiking through the forest, visiting local markets and meeting with locals. Whether you choose Lodge or cruise, they will both satisfy your hunger for adventure.
#2. The Inca Trail
The Inca trail is one of the most common ways to get to Machu Picchu. From Incredible views of the Andean Mountains and the Sacred Valley to an extravagant adventure, this trek towards the end treats you with incredible views of Machu Picchu from the Inti Punku Sun Gate. This 4 days classic trek is perfect for hikers, taking them to their destination while camping in between. You can spot some Llamas on the way if you get lucky. Inca Trail, however, needs booking in advance and gets very crowded despite the season. There are some alternative options to consider that are just as scenic and adventurous!
The second alternative to get to Machu Picchu is through the breathtaking Salkantay Trek. This trail is perfect as you hike through the jungle and through some parts of the classic Inca Trail. While on this trek, be assured to witness dramatic changes in landscapes. Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, colorful valleys, varied flora and fauna, lakes and forests, every day will be a new landscape. The Salkantay Trek is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
The third option is the 4 Day Lares Valley Trek. Less crowded and just as scenic, this trail begins at the Lares hot springs, covers terrain in the Lares Valley, and ends at Ollantaytambo. This trek is perfect as it offers an insight into the lives of native people. You can also complete it by adding a Machu Picchu tour towards the end.
No matter what trail you chose, you can be assured to have an adventure of a lifetime!
The Inca Trail truly is a must on this list of what Peru is famous and known for!
Finally! You probably guessed it by now, but last up on our list of what Peru is famous for is…
#1. Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley
Nestled high in the lush cloud forest of the Andes mountains, the centuries-old stone city of Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the main highlight of Peru. With its mysterious architecture, this destination remains at the top of any travelers “things to do in Peru”. What is even more surprising is that many of the stone buildings and terraces remain much as they were at the height of the Inca Empire. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is nestled between Cusco and Machu Picchu. It is a stretch of villages and ancient archaeological ruins in a natural setting, flaunting the rich history, culture, and beauty. There are a few excellent Hotel options in Sacred Valley to make your stay comfortable. People from across the world fly to Peru, to visit the mesmerizing “lost city of the Incas”. When are you going?
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