Published July 2021
Delicious gastronomy, amazing landscapes, historical tours: these are some of the delights you will find when you choose Peru as your destination. In addition to its most emblematic places, such as Lima, Cusco, and the magnificent Machu Picchu, this country has varied panoramas that you will love to add to your travel itinerary.
Ballesta Norte, Ballesta Centro, and Ballesta Sur are located on the Pacific coast near Paracas city, three hours from Lima by car. The Islas Ballestas are a must-see for wildlife lovers, as they are home to thousands of species of birds and mammals. Because of their characteristics, they are a protected reserve area where it is forbidden to swim and walk, so you can only visit them by boat. Besides, it is a place where the Humboldt penguins live, a species that is currently at risk of extinction.
If you visit the islands between January and March, you will be able to witness how the beaches are full of sea lion pups, a charming event that occurs during this season. In addition, you can see the famous “Chandelier” (Candelabro), a geoglyph whose shape reminds us of this object. The enormous drawing used to be a point of reference for sailors, and it is located on the Paracas peninsula.
Puno is considered the “folk capital,” a city located in the southern part of Peru, an hour and a half from Lima by plane. You can also get there by taking a plane from Lima to Cusco and then boarding the train from Cusco to Puno, which will take you to the city center. Lago Titicaca is located here, and it is one of the largest lakes in all of South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. It can be visited on a boat tour. Besides being the home of Titicaca, Puno is famous for its party spirit and festivity because it hosts important traditional festivals, where Peruvian rites, music, and dances stand out.
An interesting legend about this city is that Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, founders of the Inca empire, emerged from Lago Titicaca, sent by their father, the Sun.
Iquitos is one of the most remote destinations in Peru, and its access is only possible by plane from Lima, in a flight that takes approximately 2 hours. It is located in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, where there are no roads, but you can have close contact with nature. Visiting Iquitos means living an adventure in the wilderness, where you can sleep under the starry sky with the sound of the animals around you.
From the jungle, you can’t miss a visit to the Isla de los Monos, located on the banks of the Amazon River. More than 50 monkeys of 7 different species live in this refuge after being rescued from the illegal traffic. They are in the recovery process to return to their natural habitat. The fascinating thing about this island is that the primates live there freely, so you can interact with them.
One of the few places in the world where pink salt can be extracted is in the Valle Sagrado de los Incas. Salineras de Maras are in the Maras town, an hour and a quarter by car from Cusco. The Salineras are made up of more than three thousand natural salt ponds. Their natural source of salt is a hypersaline underground spring created by the formation of the Andes Mountains. Each of these ponds is five square meters, and their unique color makes them a great attraction for tourists.
You can also buy this pink salt in Maras, which its inhabitants highly commercialize due to its multiple benefits, such as its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and its sodium level is so low that it helps regulate blood pressure.
It is one of the most beautiful cities in the country due to its impressive architecture and natural landscapes, and you can get there by plane from Lima on a flight that takes an hour and a half. Arequipa is the second most populated city in Peru. In your visit, you will discover the beauty of the Monasterio de Santa Catalina, which is one of the main tourist attractions, along with the cathedral and the Plaza de Armas. However, among all the options that Arequipa has for you to love it, you can’t miss the Mirador de Yanahuara, located two kilometers from the center. It is a beautiful 19th-century construction with a privileged view of the three volcanoes of Arequipa: El Misti, Chachani, and the Pichu Pichu.