In my first official installment of South American Sunday, I will be looking into the country of Peru.
I have to admit, before starting this series, I didn’t know much about the country, aside from Macchu Picchu, since it is an item on my bucket list. So, what else would be reason to visit Peru? I began a journey to discover just that, and on my way, with a little help from my friends at I Live to Travel, Travel Rinse Repeat, GQ Trippin, and Music Travels, I found more than enough reasons why Peru is a destination I need to head to.
The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Probably the biggest draw to visit Peru is the fact that it is home to Machu Picchu. Of course, this is a sight I need to see before I die, and now that I love hiking, I am excited about the entire process of getting there. To be able to hike the Inca Trail and step foot on Macchu Picchu, would be a dream come true.
Lake Llanganuco, which is located in the Ancash Region of Peru, is a beautiful glacier lake, that I would never have known about if it was for Raúl, of I Live to Travel. While in town for work, he visited the area on his day off and learned about the tragic earthquake that took place in this region in 1970. Aside from its sad history, the location itself is beautiful, and apparently perfect for hiking, which makes it ideal for me.
Amantani and Lake Titicaca
Amantani, an island in the middle of Lake Titicaca, is inhabited by about only 4,000 residents, and if you wish to stay on the island, you stay with one of those residents in their homes. Raúl did this on his visit and his stories of staying with a local family had me intrigued. Also, the beautiful photos of the island and Lake Titicaca.
The Colca Canyon
After my experience at Fish River Canyon in Namibia, I have an appreciation for the beauty of canyons. This one, in Peru, is not only beautiful, but it is also home to huge condors. How could I not want to visit?
Food is always a big reason for me to visit a country, and Peru is no different. From ceviche to empanadas to tamales and even guinea pig, I can’t wait to try the food of Peru.
Between the people, pictured here on one of the Uros Islands, to Santa Catalina Monastary in Arequipa, and the markets of Cusco, Peru doesn’t seem to be short on color.
Can you add anymore reasons? Have any other ideas of places I should go? Let me know in the comment box; I’d love your help in making this big decision.