For many people exploring Peru doesn’t go past checking Macchu Picchu off their world wonders bucket list. However, the underestimated South American country is so much more than a checkmark on a list.
Peru is full of ancient culture and tradition, vibrant people, tasty cuisine and adventures that go off-the-beaten-path. Globetrotter Trishette (@trishette) is one of the few people who traveled deeper to get to the heart of the country. She explored mountains, lived with locals, made new alpaca friends and so much more.
In this exclusive guide, we follow along Trishette’s journey and give you a few tips on how you can take your own Peruvian escape to new heights.
Welcome to Peru
When most think of Peru all they envision is the lush green landscapes of bucket list worthy world wonder, Macchu Picchu. However, there is more to Peru than its most popular tourist attraction. Home to the ancient civilization known as the Incas, Peru has thousands of years worth of traditions and culture, delicious cuisine, 12 UNESCO world heritage sites and so much more. The best time to visit would be during the country’s dry winter months, May through September.
There are many great places to get a sound sleep in Peru, but there’s only one nestled in the shadow to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge allows guests to have more than the typical hotel experience by providing private tour access to the world wonder that isn’t afforded to regular visitors.
The gastronomy in Peru is a delicious combination of the country’s long and varied history. European, Asian and even West African influences can be found in every dish from Pollo a la Brasa (Peruvian style chicken) and Lomo Saltado (Sauteed beef tenderloin) to the surprisingly tasty Cau Cau (Tripe stew).
Bucket List Friendly
If you’re someone who has a seemingly never-ending list of bucket list adventures to seek out, then Peru is right up your alley. From the majestic Macchu Picchu and the happiness-inducing Rainbow Mountain to more exhilarating thrills like sandboarding sand dunes like a pro, there’s no short of activities to get into.