14 Aug Discover Peru: There’s More Than Just Machu Picchu
With good reason, Machu Picchu is one of the first things people put on their list of things to do in Peru. These ancient ruins of a secret city are what travel dreams are made of. But Peru has many other magical wonders to explore, as well, and we at Must Do Travels don’t want you to miss out on any of it, so we’ve put together this list of great Peruvian destinations for you.
Peru is one of the only countries in the world where you can experience The Amazon to the fullest. Paddle down the river in a canoe and enjoy the tranquility, or go deeper into the jungle and discover everything it has to offer. You can also fine a section of the Amazon River that is literally boiling. No matter what you choose, you’ll be blown away by this natural wonder.
Q’Eswachaka Rope Bridge
If you’re in Peru, the chances that you’re feeling adventurous are pretty good, so why not cross and handwoven bridge over a rocky canyon? This bridge is 118 feet long and the drop down to the rushing river below is 60 feet and made from woven grass that Incan women braided into thin ropes that were then braided into large cables – a lot like the modern steel cables that you see in suspension bridges today. These bridges have been around for over 500 years and this is the last one in existence. Don’t panic, though, it has been ceremoniously rebuilt more recently!
Huayllay National Sanctuary
This natural stone forest is the stuff of legends. It’s over 75 million years old (back then it was on the sea floor) and, while it is definitely off the beaten path, it is well worth the trek to find it.
Vinicunca is one of the most eye-catching mountains in the Ausengate mountain region due to the fact that the sediment of all the various types of rock combined with the atmosphere has made it a multi-colored sight to behold. It used to be notoriously hard to find (even with an experienced guide), but luckily there is now a road leading to the mountain and the hike can be done in just a few hours.
If you have a taste for haunting experiences, the Chauchilla Cemetery is not to be missed. These bodies (some full, some just heads) have been amazingly well preserved since the ninth century when this cemetery was last used as a burial site. Some of the heads even still have their hair! This cemetery wasn’t discovered until the 1920s when the site was sadly picked over by grave robbers, but it has since been carefully put back together to replicate its original state as closely as possible and it is a marvel to visit.
So there you have it; Peru may have one heck of a mountain to climb, but the rest of the country is certainly worth the visit, too! Thinking about booking your flights? We recommend you go during the Peruvian winter (May-September) as it is the driest season.
At Must Do Travels, we believe traveling shouldn’t be a hassle, but an adventure to remember awaits and we can help get the adventure you need started. Have fun as you explore!