Peru is the third largest country in South America, bigger than the sizes of Germany, Netherlands, France, and Switzerland combined. The country has more than 30 million inhabitants. It is made up of three regions, namely:
- The west coast with its desert, beaches and river valleys wrapped in a warm climate (12% of the country).
- The Andes range with its snow-capped peaks rising up more than 6000 meters above sea level (28% of the country).
- The Amazon jungle with its hot and humid climate reigning over one of the world’s largest natural reserves (60% of the country).
As a favorite tourist destination, Peru offers you all that you wish for to make your vacation interesting, exciting, adventurous, and also relaxing.
- Peru has a rich biodiversity on land, in the air, and under the sea.
- At any time of the year, you can enjoy the sunny beaches of Peru as well as its history and culture. Tourists can go on adventurous treks in the Andes and the Amazon rainforest.
- The rich archaeological history of Peru features several ruins from Paleolithic times and the magnificent structures of different Andean cultures including the Incas.
- Peru boasts of many temples and fortresses, churches, Nazca lines, and much, much more.
- World-renowned Peruvian music, arts and crafts, folkloric dancing, and the myths and legends surrounding top Peru destinations.
- The Peruvians love to celebrate and have festivals, and there are numerous “fiestas” all over the country which you as a visitor may participate in, too, throughout the year.
Peru has a great number of cultural treasures and is the cradle of many highly developed cultures, of which the Inca culture was the most famous. This is the main reason why Peru is such a popular country for tourists to visit.
Popular Peru Travel Destinations
Peru is a unique country with a “great number of everything” in its history, geography, biodiversity, and culture. Among the popular Peru destinations, here are a notable few that you will not want to miss:
- The magnificent Colca Canyon, the world’s second deepest canyon, with its majestic flying condors, the world’s biggest land birds. Colca Canyon has twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in the United States.
- The Amazon River, the longest river in the world, and the Amazon rainforest cover more than half of the country.
- Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, 12725 ft (3860 meters) above sea level, with its floating islands wherein the people live their lives like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
- The Cordillera Blanca (The White Mountain) range in the north of Peru that has more than 50 peaks above 18700 ft (5700 meters). Huascarán is the highest mountain in Peru and also the highest peak in the tropics.
- Caral, situated north of Lima, is considered the oldest city in the western hemisphere that’s been inhabited since 2900 years B.C.
Where to Go in Peru
Here you will find information about some of the most popular destinations in Peru. You’ll learn what to expect during your tour of the best places to visit in Peru. For each destination, we have listed some of our tour packages in Peru which include that particular Peru destination.
Peru On The Map
Among the best places to visit in Peru are the numerous beaches along the coast. Here is a notable list of beach destinations in Peru you may want to visit:
- In the northwest, there lies Mancora, which is the most popular place in Peru for swimming, beach life, surfing, and kitesurfing. It has the best beaches in the country with more than 30 holiday resorts and a plethora of restaurants, shops, and nightspots.
- Only 3 kilometers south of Mancora is Las Pocitas (“Little Wells”) Beach, which is also known as Mancora Chico. It’s more quiet and private. Visitors will enjoy taking a dip in the natural pools that form inside the craters of rocks on the beach at low tide.
- Twelve kilometers from the city of Trujillo, you will find Huanchaco, one of Peru’s top vacation spots for beach lovers. This beach town is famous for its traditional rafts known as “little horses of totora reeds” that have been used by the fisherman on the north coast of Peru since pre-Columbian times.
- Only 45 minutes away from Huanchaco is Puerto Chicama (also known as Puerto Malabrigo). This sleepy coastal town is known to have the world’s longest left-hand point breaks. The best time to surf there is during Holy Week or Semana Santa and throughout June until September when strong westerly winds direct their wave energy towards Peru.
- The nation’s capital, Lima, boasts of several beaches with calmer waters perfect for sailing or kayaking, and unique attractions worth visiting. Many tourists will love the hidden fishing coves and exclusive spots for camping and surfing.
- In Arequipa, known as the White City, beaches with fine sands and calm, clear waters abound. These beaches are Puerto Inca, La Punta, Mejia Lagoon, and the playas in Mollendo. La Caleta San José, which is only accessible from the sea, is dedicated to fishing and adventurous water sports.
Peru as a Honeymoon Destination/ Peru Honeymoon Destinations
Is Peru a good honeymoon destination? You bet it is! The most beautiful places in Peru are also the most romantic. Newlyweds will surely fall in love with Peru and all that this country has to offer! Here are a few places to include in your honeymoon plans:
- A trip to Colca Canyon includes an overnight stay at the Hotel Colca Lodge where couples can enjoy private moments together in pools of rejuvenating hot springs. That and a small garden with breathtaking views of pre-Inca agricultural terraces surrounding the property are accessible only to hotel guests.
- A foray into the Peruvian Amazonas brings couples into close contact with the jungle’s wildlife and exotic vegetation. Guests at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge stay in private bungalows surrounded by the scents and sounds of the rainforest. Couples can bond during a jungle trek, a nighttime safari, and a nightly swim in an outdoor pool with an open bar under the starry Amazon sky.
- A luxurious tour package more than satisfies a honeymooner’s desire for privacy and comfort. Couples will love traveling in splendor, dining in style, and going on guided tours provided by private guides. All accommodations are first-class, transfers are private and secure, and the itinerary includes only the best places to visit in Peru.
Best Time To Visit Peru
When is the best time to travel to Peru? For tourists interested in trekking and partaking in adventurous activities, the best time to visit Peru is between May and September when the weather is dry and sunny, and the arid coast is cooler (though much colder at night). Because of the river’s low-water level at this time, the Amazon basin attracts more wildlife and the mosquitoes are fewer.
However, this is also the time that popular Peru destinations become too crowded for comfort. If you wanted to escape the crowds, you may choose to visit Peru during the months of April to May and September to October. Book your trips to Peru at least 6 months in advance to allow us time to process your permits and give you the best travel experience possible!