South America is a vast and diverse continent, and perhaps one of the most famous countries within it is Peru. Situated on the west of the continent Peru does not cover as much landmass as its neighbour Brazil, nor is it as close to the bordering continent of North America like Mexico. However, there are a wealth of sites, both natural and human-made to peruse in phenomenal Peru!
A site in Peru that attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year is the geoglyphs located near to the town of Nazca. These glyphs are detailed lines that locals etched into the sandy soil in the area thousands of years ago. To see them up close is mind-blowing, especially when you consider they were drawn even before the Columbian area.
Of course, the real wonder is when you see them from above or in aerial photos and realize that many of the lines create figures etched into the ground including birds, monkeys, spiders, and insects. In fact, part of the fun is speculating as to why the ancient people that created them went to so much trouble to do so. Was it part of a religious right, or perhaps as more modern speculators suggest they are a star map, or that they are even landing site for beings, not of this planet?
Huascarán National Park
The spectacled bear, a close relative of Paddington, perhaps?
You might just be surprised by some of the other sites there as well, including the crystal blue waters of lakes created by thousand for years of melting glaciers, as well as many snow-capped mountains.
In particular, make time to see the Pastoruri Glacier which is one of only a few left in this entire region, something that makes it even more spectacular to view.
Another place you can see the famous Andean condors on your Peru travel tour is Colca Canyon. In fact, this is a location that holds many delights including a lush green valley that is peppered with villages in the traditional Peruvian style.
These settlements that provide a fascinating glimpse into what life may have been like for the canyons’ original residents. Who, by the way, has lived there for an incredibly long time as there is evidence of terraces used for growing crops that predate the Incas!
If you time is limited in this area pick one of the many hiking. Alternatively, why not do some white water rafting on the Colca river and experience the area from the water instead?
Last, but not least, is the Inca walled city of Machu Picchu to explore. Sited high in the Andes this is a spot that requires significant effort to visit. Although, it’s pretty safe to say that such effort will be handsomely rewarded with well-preserved terraces dating back thousands of year and, and spectacular views across the Urubamba River valley.