Well, let me admit first, my main reason for visiting Peru was to experience the famous Incan city of Machu Picchu. And why not! After all, who will not like to see the new Seven Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu. But, Peru isn’t just about Machu Picchu. I and my “bestie” decided to explore what makes this city so enchanting among tourists during our trip to Peru in February.
Sometimes, in the course of your travels, you would like to visit a place not for its famous sights or adventurous venues, but for its particular energy, style and culture. Peru is one of those places. Peru allows you to immediately bond with the people you meet and the city will take your heart by storm. We visited these top four tourist attractions in Peru.
Machu Picchu – The “Wonder World” for me!
It was really amazing to see Machu Picchu in person because I have always seen it in Travel Magazines. You just can’t believe it until you explore this most celebrated and mysterious of ancient Andean cities. We had short walks around Machu Picchu, climbed up the mountain of Wayna Picchu and visited the well-restored ruin of Phuyupatamarka. But, still I am not able to decide whether the Machu Picchu travel extravaganza was a spiritual journey or it was an adventurous journey? Well, to get the answer, I have decided to travel to Machu Picchu again in coming year.
Best of Lima
Often, Lima is used as the ‘layover’ en route to Cusco city, but it typically gets overlooked by tourists. Lima is known for its historical cathedrals, eerie catacombs and the main of course, traditional Peruvian cuisine. I wanted to enjoy the Lima’s electric nightlife as well, so we headed to one of the casinos in the city. Along with trying our luck on cash games and playing 3D slots, roulette, black jack, we also tried to have a lot of fun alongside!
Loved my first surfing experience in Mancora
Located on the Pacific coast of Peru, the Mancora town is famous for its pristine beaches, surfing facilities and an amazing atmosphere. I love beach lounging and catching waves and Mancora is an ideal place for people like me. The combination of perfect waves, strong winds and summer weather in Mancora made my surfing experience an unforgettable one!
Pink Salt? Really? What is it?
Sacred Valley of the Incas is famous among cultural connoisseurs. The remarkable archaeological landscape and lush green sites made me a history buff during my visit to the Scared Valley! I also purchased some pink Peruvian salt harvested by local families since “Incan times.” Oh, yes! Let me tell you one thing. You can purchase this highly prized Peruvian salt on site for a song!
After we returned back from our trip, we thought that there is so much more to Peru, which needs to be uncovered during our next excursion. After all, one trip to the home of Incan heritage is not enough. You need to travel again and again in order to get to its real Peruvian roots! I also learned that people don’t need to be a history buff, starving artist or professional photographer in order to appreciate this ancient place – Peru. Just enjoy this place in a Peruvian style! And, then you will get to know what does blissful feeling means to a traveller!
Featured photo credit: By Martin St-Amant (S23678) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
First photo credit: By Martin St-Amant (S23678) (Français : Travail personnel English: Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons