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Peru is a South American country with three official languages: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Peru has a rich and long history, with the first inhabitants arriving nearly 15,000 years ago. The Inca Empire ruled for several hundred years before the Spanish arrived and conquered the land. In 1821, Peru declared independence.
Without a doubt, most people are drawn to the country because of the world-famous Machu Picchu, which was named one of the New Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu is just one of many awe-inspiring places to visit in Peru. Visitors are also interested in experiencing life in the Amazon and learning from the indigenous groups that occupy the high elevation villages. In recent years, Peru has become a destination for foodies and those interested in learning about the Japanese-Peruvian fusion that is Nikkei.
We’ll start with the obvious, Machu Picchu. This is unquestionably one of the most talked about tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. It’s well worth it and definitely not overrated. Those with a little extra pep in their step can enter Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, which typically takes people about four days to complete. Cusco is the biggest city near to Machu Picchu. Wander through the narrow, cobblestone streets and visit some of the markets for chicha morada, a drink made from purple corn. Explore the Peruvian Amazon on a boat and observe the exotic wildlife. Be sure to acclimate before going to Lake Titicaca, which is the world’s highest navigable body of water in the world. Switch up the pace with a few days in the busy city of Lima where you can enjoy sipping on Pisco Sours and eating ceviche.
This is a hard question to answer because Peru is home to mountains, valleys, seaside cities and rainforests. May through October is typically the best time to visit Peru if you want to go to Machu Picchu. This period is considered the dry season. November through April is the wet season. Be cautious about visiting the Amazon during the wet season since flooding is prevalent and there will be less walkable terrain to explore.