Set up in the mountains of Peru, with its pre-Columbian architecture, cobbled streets and Spanish Colonial structures, it’s no wonder that Cusco is called one of Peru’s – if not South America’s most beautiful cities. Although majority come here for Machu Picchu, which is understandable – Cusco in itself deserves a lot of love too.
When you ask people their favourite place in Peru, you’ll often get Cusco. For me, Arequipa holds that place. Those who follow the “Gringo Trail” of Peru, Arequipa is typically the second city for tourists. Its rich architecture, wonderful history and the fact it’s surrounded by three volcanoes make it one of those places I could see myself accidentally staying there for 2-3 weeks, if not longer.
If you know anything about Huacachina, you’ll think sand dunes. Sand dunes after sand dunes after sand dunes. Originally, Peruvians believed that the waters had healing powers and would use the waters to heal their bodies. These days, it’s mostly for tourists to go and sand buggy. If you’ve got the time, I do recommend it.
I’d like to talk about Lima. I mean, it is Peru’s Capital City and it’s also one of the main cities people start their trip in. It’s a city you need to learn to love, a lot like Nicolas Cage films actually. It’s also one that has different districts and reputations depending on what stories you hear, people you meet. Leaving Lima, you’re also able to stop in at a lot of nice little places as well along the way to either Cusco/Arequipa.
Read below on some tips for what to do with your time in Lima.