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Top 10 Things to do in Peru

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Which are the Best Places to See and Things to do in Peru?


If you are planning a trip to Peru, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of things that are available for tourists to enjoy. Check out these top 10 things to do in Peru to help you decide which activities to include on your Peru vacation.

1. Floating Islands On Lake Titicaca

One of the coolest things things to do while in vacation in Peru is to check out the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. The Uros people that live on Lake Titicaca built these 42 floating islands by hand out of totora, a type of reed. There's no need to worry about falling through because the islands' floors are several meters thick.

2. Trek the Inca Trail
Perhaps one of the most popular tourist adventures in Peru, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an experience you will not soon forget. Along the 45 meter hike, you can view hummingbirds, Andean Condor and over 250 species of orchids. The Inca Trail can be a fun and exhilarating experience, but do not attempt this four-day hike without a tour guide. Many organizations offer travel tours that will help you safely and comfortably navigate this hike.

You may want to seek assistance from a company offering travel tours, if you are not an experienced mountain climber.

3. Explore Inca Ruins

You do not want to leave Peru without seeing the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. You may have read about these artifacts in history books as a child, and now is your chance to see them in person. Be prepared for crowds because this is a very popular destination!

4. Mountain Climbing

If you are looking for an adventure vacation, be sure to include mountain climbing on your list. You can climb the El Misti Volcano, which has a total ascent of 19,100 feet.


5. Try Surfing in Peru

Another activity to take part in if you are the adventurous sort is surfing. Some of the best surfing locations are Puntas Rocas, Piura and Tumbes, and the best surfing times are between December and April.


6. Shopping at Pisac Market

If you are looking for a more relaxing activity you will want to take a ride to the Pisac Market on a Sunday to enjoy a wonderful handcraft market. Meander around the market's hundreds of booths to find some treasures to bring back home.

7. Sightseeing in Lima

While there are many outdoors and wildlife activities to enjoy in Peru, you should not pass up the opportunity to check out the large metropolitan city of Lima. You can visit museums, catacombs and cathedrals by day and enjoy traditional Peruvian food and the pumping nightclubs at night.

8. Hike the Colca Canyon

If you are not quite up for hiking the Incan Trail, be sure to check out the shorter hike along the Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as America's beautiful Grand Canyon.

9. Witness the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands

Take a tour boat to the Ballestas Islands to view what can be described as Peru's own Galapagos Islands. You will have the chance to view penguins, Peruvian boobies, pelicans, turtles and even whales.


10. Explore the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest covers an astounding 60 percent of the country, so it would be difficult to miss the wondrous Amazon Rainforest while in Peru.

Some of the best locations for this are: Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado.


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