SA Sunday: Reasons to Head to Peru.

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

SA Sunday: Reasons to Head to Peru.

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.

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

Lake Llanganuco

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 Raรบl, 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.

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

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. Raรบl 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.

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel


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?

Photo Credit: Music Travels

Photo Credit: Music Travels

The Food

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.

Photo Credit: GQ Trippin'

Photo Credit: GQ Trippin’

The Colors

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.

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

Photo Credit: I Live to Travel

Image from Travel Rinse Repeat.

Photo Credit: Travel Rinse Repeat.

Photo Credit: Music Travels

Photo Credit: Music Travels

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.

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Comments (22)

  1. Harvey (H-Bomb's Worldwide Karaoke)

    Peru also has the Nazca lines that look eerie when you fly over them.
    http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/nazca.htm

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Harvey! I had no idea that existed, but if Peru is where I decide to head, I will have to check them out.

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Nice collection of possible destinations for your trip! And I agree that Peruvian food is one of the joys of visiting that enchanting country!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Raรบl, and thanks for all of your help! It’s going to be pretty hard to beat heading to Peru. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kieu

    Mmm.. ceviche! Food is always a good reason to visit a country. Hope you get there soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you for the inspiration! I still remember when you posted that on Facebook – enough motivation for me! Well see if it beats out the other countries for the win this summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Erin

    LLAMAS!

    Love your blog – been digging it a lot lately. Making my first trip to Asia in January and visiting Hong Kong & Thailand.

    Also my favorite sites when I went to S.A. were the Andes (& Mt. Aconcagua) and Iguazu Falls. Definite must-sees.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, definitely llamas! How could I forget? Glad you like my blog, I will be sure to check yours out.

      Asia is incredible! Just was in the airport in Hong Kong in route to Thailand, but I plan on going back one day. What are your plans for Thailand?

      I will add your other sights to my list! Each week, I’ll be looking more and more into each country. If you have any pictures that I can use, and I will link them to your blog, let me know!

      1. Erin

        We are going to Chiang Mai (and doing an elephant excursion as you did!), Bangkok, & Phuket, with day trips to other beaches. I’m *so* excited!

        I don’t have pics online from SA (pre-facebook/blog) but maybe when I go home for the holidays I can grab some from there and do a blogpost with them! Will let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. The World Wanderer

          Will be so great! Didn’t make it to Phuket, but I know I will go back one day. Thailand is amazing! Yes, you should create a blog post with the photos – I would definitely be interested in reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Venicia

    Wow on Amantani & Lake Titicaca. The picture is stop-in-your-tracks. In your South American journey – check out Colonia, Uruguay ..

    1. The World Wanderer

      It’s beautiful, isn’t it? I will be sure to check it out – thanks!

  6. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Machu Picchu has been on my radar since I read an article about it in Nat Geo Traveler a while back, specifically alternate routes. I don’t think it was this http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/peru/machu-picchu/alternate-trails/, but I thought you might find it useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, I will definitely be reading that! Thanks, Pola!

  7. Leah Travels

    I’m really enjoying this series. I’ve only been to Rio, but South America is a place I want to explore more. I love that you’re getting these photos from other bloggers and sharing their talent with your readers.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Leah! You know I’ll be needing your input for Brazil. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been so fun getting ideas for a future trip from my fellow bloggers and a heck of a lot easier than trying to do research without them. I like going right to the source. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Traveling Ted

    I just got back from South America as you know and these photos make me want to turn right back around. Nice that you included some other locations to visit besides Macchu Pichu.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Just wait until I work on Guyana for this series, I’ll be needing ALL of your help! All those pictures I’ve seen so far have been absolutely beautiful.

      I just cannot wait to finally get to South America, it’s been calling my name for some time now.

  9. Fiona

    Such gorgeous colours – I would go for that reason alone!

  10. John

    Thanks for featuring my photo! I love Peru and hope you get to head there soon.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks for sending it my way! I hope I do too, if not this year, hopefully in the near future.

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