Peru is a wonderful country. There you will find the history of the oldest civilization in South America, The Inca Empire, a collection of Spanish colonial relics, and delicious Peruvian cuisine. Not to mention beautiful landscapes, rivers, the Andes mountains, and outdoor sports. It is a perfect place for hiking and camping adventures.
5 days Itinerary to visiting Peru:
Day 1- Lima:
Lima is the capital of Peru. It is a fascinating cosmopolitan city. It is full of history, culture, and museums.
Miraflores is the best place to stay while in Lima. It is a stunning neighboord surrounded by nice restaurants, casinos and the best hotels in the city. From there you can walk to Larcomar, an outdoor mall built on the cliff by the sea. There are stores, bars, and restaurants with ocean views.
Best places to eat in Lima: Restaurant La Rosa Nautica by the Pacific Ocean, they serve delicious Peruvian food.
Restaurant Maido, it was voted one of the best restaurants in the world. They serve a mix of Japanese and Peruvian food.
Day 2 – Fly to Cusco:
It’s only an hour flight from Lima. When you get to Cusco, walk around the city to acclimate yourself, and avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,400 metres (11,200ft) above sea level.
Tips: Avoid alcohol, Hydrate yourself with properly treated mineral water, and drink coca tea a typical Peruvian tea.
Day 3- City tour in Cusco:
Hotels and travel agencies around Cusco provide this tour, where you will visit churches, museums, the central square of Cusco, known as Plaza de Armas. You will visit the ancient ruins left by the Incas, outside of the town, and stop to buy souvenir, crafts and handmade clothing shops.
Day 4- Machu Picchu:
The “lost city” of the Incas, situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level, is symbol of the Inca Empire, built during the 15 century. It became one of most famous tourist sites in the world, after July 24, 1911, when American archeologist, Hiram Bingham, founded and told the world about Machu Picchu. This is a mystic place, where the leaders and nobles of the Inca Empire used to live.
Best time to visit Machu Picchu:
Between April and September. The rainy season starts in October, and the rainiest months are December through March.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
To reach Machu Picchu, you can hike the trail left by the Inca Empire: the famous Inca Trail. Or you can take a 3 hour train ride to Águas Calientes, then about a 30 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Train and bus tickets can be purchased online, or in Cusco.
•Buy your entrance tickets ahead of time: Peru Rail
•Bring your passport to check-in, and to board the trains. You can also get a Machu Picchu stamp!
•Hire a guide to tour Machu Picchu.
Day 5- Sacred Valley of the Incas:
Visit Ollantaytambo, Pisaq, Chinchero, Moray and the Salina of Maras. Some of these places can be visited on the way to Machu Picchu. To avoid fatigue, explore calmly. It is worth spending a day exploring the Sacred Valley on a separate trip, to learn the history of the Inca Empire, see the terrace fields and where they used to perform rituals to the gods.
•Always keep your personal belongings under your supervision and care.
•Do not take taxis that run without signs or identification.
•Bring a jacket, long pants, hiking shoes, sports shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
Try the Peruvian food: Drink pisco sour, eat lomo saltado, ceviche and aji gallina.
Peru truly is an incredible place, with a beautiful coastline, stunning architecture, mountains, terraces, granite houses and cute llamas walking around Machu Picchu. The beauty and the history of Peru are amazing!
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Peruvian Sol