Peru

→ Land of Incas 
→ Filled with ancient sites 
→ The unique culture and traditional experience

Peru is rich in archaeological sites and home to famous Machu Picchu, site of ancient Inca city high in the Andes Mountains.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Trekking/Hiking, Rafting and Kayaking, Surfing, Paragliding, Exploring National Parks

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Ancient Sites:

Best season: May-September

top destinations in Peru

This is the list of top destinations in Peru where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Lima

City of the Kings

Lima

Capital city of Peru

Cusco

World Heritage Site

Cusco

The Sacred Valley (Urubamba Valley)

The Sacred Valley (Urubamba Valley)

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Peruvian Amazon

Peruvian Amazon

Nazca Desert

Nazca Desert

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

top activities to do in Peru

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Peru:

If you are a trekking lover:

  1. Machu Picchu (Inca Trails)

If you are ancient ruins and history lover:

  1. Lima
  2. Cusco
  3. Machu Picchu
  4. Nazca Desert
  5. The Sacred valley

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Machu Picchu
  2. Lake Titicaca
  3. Ballestas Island
  4. Peruvian Amazon
  5. The Sacred valley

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. Lima

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Lima

   

From the above list, you can see that Machu Picchu overlaps in three categories, whereas the Sacred Valley and Lima overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Peru is mostly about history, culture, ancient ruins and adventure our first pick would be Machu Picchu, Cusco, Nazca Lines, and Lima.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Peru and 


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Lima (Day 1)→Cusco, Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain (Day 2-3)→Machu Picchu (Day 4-5)→ Return to Cusco, flight to Lima (Day 6/7)→Return home (Day 8)

or,

Lima (Day 1)→Direct to Nazca lines then head towards Cusco (Day 2-3)→Machu Picchu (Day 4-5)→ Return to Cusco, flight to Lima (Day 6/7)→Return home (Day 8) (Hasty itinerary covering main highlights of Peru)

or,
If you are an adventure lover, you could trek Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu and it is a 4 days hike. For this

Lima (Day 1)→Cusco, Aguas Calientes (Day 2)→Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu trek (Day 3-6)→Return to Cusco, flight to Lima (Day 7)→Return home (Day 8)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary.

Lima (Day 1-2)→Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa (Day 4-5)→Puno, Lake Titicaca (Day 6-7)→Cusco, Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain(Day 8-9)→Machu Picchu (Day 10-11)→ Return to Cusco, flight to Lima (Day 12/13)→Return home (Day 14)

or, 
Depending upon your interests, you could replace Lake Titicaca with the Ballestas Island or Amazon Rainforest.


If you have 3 weeks, then you can extend above itinerary depending upon your interests:

Lima (Day 1)→Paracas, Ballestas Island (Day 2-4)→Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon (Day 5-7)→Puno, Lake Titicaca (Day 8-9)→Cusco (Day 10-11)→Machu Picchu (Day 12-13)→ Return to Cusco, flight to Puerto Maldonado (Day 14)→Amazon Rain Forest(Day 15-18)→Flight to Lima (Day 19)→Flight to home (Day 20/21)

(Tips: You can skip Amazon Rainforest tour if you have already done it unless you are thinking to do it again. You can also do the Amazon tour from Brazil if you are thinking to visit Brazil. Don’t miss Nazca Lines since this experience is unique only available in Peru. )


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Peru can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.