Top things to do in Peru (part 1)
Peru and its majestic landscape and rich culture, Peru is one of my favorite countries to travel. I went hiking on a mountain over 5000 meters above sea level and I started my Peru exploration just a few days earlier by running on the beach.
There is a wide range of things to visit in Peru and it has kept me busy. Now I will share some of the great things I have seen and encountered here in my travels. It is a little overwhelming when planning where to go in next, but I took a bus and it was worth it.
I chose Peru Hop. This bus fair offers you multiple options to travel through Peru safely. You can get off at any location and stay there as long as you want. Buses were never late and you can change travel schedule as much as you want. The fair that I purchased from their webpage was Lima – Paracas – Huacachina – Nazca – Arequipa – Cusco – Puno – Copacabana – La Paz for $228 (200€) with this price you get a lot of free activities and tours as well. They also have quick lines to Cusco and other locations as well. You can also chose around trip If you have a return flight from Lima. This way you can see the full nature of Peru and it’s worth it.
Lima is the Capital and largest city in Peru, yet it is often misunderstood and sometimes travelers are hurrying to Cusco. I spent my time in Lima in a beach paradise called Miraflores. There is a lot of things to do like sports and you can also find all the shop and brand stores there. To me, it always brightens my day when I spot Starbucks.
If you are staying in Miraflores too when you go to Lima, make sure to take a leisurely stroll down the Boardwalk. The walk will take about 35 minutes, and will be full of amazing views from the cliff to the ocean, green parks, and many active locals going for a run or a bike ride.
After your busy day in downtown Lima, you can take a breathtaking stop for the sunset over the Pacific.
Paracas is a small fishing village turned beach resort town. The small town nowadays runs on tourism, but still has its charm. Colorful fishing boats, beach boardwalk and a lot to explore. I spent a day in Paracas admiring the beauty of the landscape.
Paracas is a 4-hour bus journey south from Lima and is an easy ride, only making a couple of stops along the way. I paid the 45 Soles ($14USD) ticket and started my journey to Paracas.
Paracas Inca Region. This place is filled with old ruins of the Incas. Wide historical area and lot to see. There is a possibility to guide as well and they all speak English.
PARACS NATINAL RESERVE:
The other main attraction of Paracas is the nationally protected wildlife reservation just a 10-minute drive from the main town, where you can view the Peruvian and gorgeous views of the ocean from the untouched coastline. The reserve is dedicated to protecting and conserving one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.
A lot of colorful beaches that has different forms. Almost like nobody had been there before me ☺ You can stay there in a hotel or just have a day trip as I did. There were so much different things to see so next time, I will totally book a hotel and stay a couple of more days.
Huacachina, an easy town to have fun in. It’s built around a lagoon surrounded by huge sand dunes. This oasis offers nice walks through the run down streets, however, it’s not the main attraction, the sand dunes are! You can get to hike to the top of the dunes and sandboard down.
Dune buggies are super crazy. The buggies take to the dunes at speed as a coyote. The ride is bumpy so remember to hold on!
The dune buggy experience is usually teamed up with sandboarding so you can get two amazing experiences on one go. The quality of the dune buggy ride is all down to the skills of the driver so choose your company wisely. There are lots of them.
I am really enjoying my first touch to Peru and the activities that you can do there. This was just part 1 of the journey through Peru as I’m heading towards Bolivia.
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Now I’m off to mountains and hikes.