Dunes, Lakes & Magical Machu Picchu
Dunes, Lakes & Magical Machu Picchu
Crowds flock to see Machu Picchu and rightly so. Don’t stop there though, there’s so much more to see
Peru is also known as the ‘Land of the Incas’ and is one of the most popular destinations in South America. It is rich in history as is evidenced by its numerous archeological remains and colonial architecture that dots the major cities. Peru’s natural beauty is breathtaking, with rugged mountains, desert landscapes, forests, rivers and dense jungles.
Cusco is the place where most travelers head to in Peru; it is the gateway to Peru’s most famous archeological wonder – Machu Picchu. Cusco was the biggest and capital of the Inca Empire; today it fuses the Inca and the Spanish style architecture, creating a beautiful fusion of styles. The city acts as a base to head off on a trek to explore the Machu Picchu ruins, which are located on the heights of the Andes Mountains over 7,000 feet above sea level. These immense ancient ruins are a source of numerous debates and its origin remains a mystery. The city of Arequipa is also a great destination to explore ancient colonial architecture, and has been named a World Heritage Site to confirm it. It is also the entry point for adventures in the Colca Canyon and Colca Valley. For nature and animal lovers, Iquitos is the perfect destination, offering biodiversity in nature tourism with its abundance of national reserves and teeming with wildlife. It is also ideal for sailing the Amazon River and cruising through the dense jungle.
Peru is one of the few destinations in the world with such extreme environments and of all the places in South America if I could only choose one if would be this. Whether you want a gateway to the past, a nature experience in the jungle or a cultural experience in a village, Peru is home for every possible travel experiences. And then the iconic Machu Picchu adds the cherry on top.
More and more airlines are offering multi-stop tickets that allow you to visit multiple places for as long as you like. You can organize your stay in every country in advance or you can be a wayward traveler and just arrive and explore what the countries of your choice have to offer. It is completely […]
The trek to Machu Picchu is a long and beautiful one, so i could have picked any one from a million photos for this week’s Backpacking Photo of the Week. However, it was on the way to Machu Picchu that i established the identity of my new must-have pet – the Llama! You can’t walk […]
Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 9/10 Machu Picchu is one of the world’s must see icons. It’s like no other place on earth and needs to be seen to be believed. Hidden amongst the mountains of eastern Peru it stands tall and mighty, overlooking the rolling mountains for miles around. You can do various treks to […]
Peru offers backpackers stunning views around every corner as you move between different environments from day to day. Take in the sand dunes of Huacachina, the iconic Machu Picchu or the glaciers of Huaraz. This photo was taken in the hills surrounding Huaraz after a day long hike up into the mountains. Ice capped mountains, […]
One of my favourite things when looking at other people’s travel blogs and websites is the chance to look at photos of the beautiful places other people have been backpacking. I think photos provide an instant snapshot into the culture and feel of a place and gives a great insight into other destinations you might […]