Approximately 3.74 million international tourists visited Peru in 2016. Fishing and mining are the only industries that are bigger in the country.
Despite the number of visitors, Peru is still something of an underrated tourist destination. It’s a beautiful, unique country with plenty to do see. In fact, you may have trouble narrowing down the list of things to do in Peru.
We’ve got three ideas to help you get started. Keep reading to find out what to do when visiting Peru.
1. Take a Hike
Peru is one of the best countries in the world for visitors who are looking to take a scenic hike. You may be itching to take a journey to the legendary citadel known as Machu Picchu. It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
The views will take your breath away, but so will the thin air when you’re 8,000 feet above sea level. For that reason, make sure to pack some chocolate along with your warm clothing and comfortable shoes. High altitudes can make you feel fatigued fast, and chocolate will help your blood sugar bounce back.
If you’re hiking the Inca Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, make sure to bring a guide and a permit, both of which you’ll need to book well in advance. The alternative Salkantay Trek doesn’t require a guide, but it’s also a more arduous trip, so proceed with caution.
2. Eat and Drink like a Local
If you wanted burgers and fries, you could have stayed in the States. When visiting Peru, it makes sense to try some Peruvian ceviche.
Ceviche is raw fish mixed with chili peppers and lime juice, plus onions and other spices. It’s one of the country’s trademark dishes, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it, especially in the capital city of Lima.
To wash that ceviche down, try a Pisco sour or another authentic Peruvian beverage. A Pisco sour has Pisco as the base and citrus juice to give it that sour kick. It can also include egg whites, syrup, ice, and bitters.
3. Visit a Part of History
Not sure what to do in Peru? You could easily spend a week visiting nothing but museums and historic sites.
Lima’s Larco Museum holds the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. There’s also sexual ceramic pottery, so it may not be the best display for the kids.
If religious monuments are more your thing, you can’t miss the Convent of Santa Catalina in Arequipa. It was founded in the late 1500s by the Dominican order, but it didn’t open to the public until the 1970s, not long after it finally got electricity and running water.
Around 20 nuns are cloistered there today, all of whom took a vow of poverty. You’ll find plazas, fountains, and cobblestone streets in Santa Catalina, but you’re not likely to see any nuns. They generally stay away from tourists.
Other Things to Do in Peru
Before you pick places to visit in Peru, make sure to check for any travel advisories, though the area is safe as long as you stay alert and avoid certain areas.
When you’re planning out a list of things to do in Peru, remember that it’s located in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer is in December and winter is in June.
If you’d like more information about Peru attractions, we’ve got it. Take a look at our MACHU PICCHU TREKS 2019