holidays in peru 2018The best holidays in Peru definitely include activities outside of Machu Picchu. The top tourist attractions in Peru include everything from kayakin, treking, and even exploring peruvian cuisine.

Peru used to be one of the most backward countries in Latin America. Bolivia and Peru were two peas in a pod in that respect. Peru, unlike Bolivia, has recently turned the corner and it is beginning to become of the most prosperous nations in the region; fantastic news for travel agencies and sites such as Highland Adventures. Tourists no longer visit Peru for just Machu Picchu.


  1. Cusco Peru holidays
  2. Machu Picchu Peru
  3. Hiking the Inca trail
  4. Inca jungle
  5. Salcantay trek
  6. Sacred valley
  7. Maras Moray
  8. Arequipa Colca canyon
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Uros floating island
  11. Amantani island
  12. Taquile island
  13. Kayaking in lake Titicaca
  14. Rainforest tours

It is still one of the cheapest countries in South America with very inexpensive housing and food.

Here are the top things to do in Peru:

Cusco Peru holidays

cusco city view

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Peru holidays, this is the most common route towards Machu Picchu. Many tourists take the train from Ollantaytambo village many frequencies to choose from and the service is excellent.

The historic city and its culture will certainly enthuse the senses as you wander aimlessly along the city streets. Make sure to visit Plaza de Armas which is the extremely impressive center part of the city. There is great nightlife to be found and also trail walking nearby.

Machu Picchu Peru

machu picchu view from top

As overrated as this popular tourist attraction may be, it is 100% worth it. There are few places in the world like this. It is one of the most popular things to see in South America and also the what everyone comes to Peru for! even popular between the locals.

You could spend hours walking around the lost city of the Incas.

The guide explanation it used to be for two hours and a half then you will have a free time to explore on your own all of the unique tales and history of the lost city. Walking towards the Inca Bridge you will find an incredible canon ridge and mountains to take pictures of.

Make sure to book in advance to avoid any inconvenient. If you want to hike up the Huayna Picchu mountain and take the iconic picture of Machu Picchu, also make sure to well ahead of schedule. Spots fill up very quickly. Machu Picchu tour price

Hiking The Inca Trail

inca trail picturePossibly the second most popular tourist attraction in Peru holidays after Machu Picchu. The walk ends at the famed Machu Picchu. I took the train but many people enjoy taking the trail to explore the countryside and follow in the footsteps of the Incas. Definitely worth it if you have the time and love hiking.


Inca Jungle

rafting in cusco

The Inka Jungle Tour is a trek which combines adventure sports such as mountain biking, rafting, ziplining and hiking over a 4 day route, ending at Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu.

The Inka Jungle Trek is the preferred tour for young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and extreme sports.

Salcantay trek

salkantay from cusco

The Salkantay Trek that leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu is the best option for those who wish to be in contact with great Andean nature and visit remote villages less known and seldom visited by tourist. By taking this excursion visitors will really get off the beating track, avoiding less crowded environments and will enjoy along the way wonderful landscapes and fine Inca buildings. Without a doubt the trek of Salkantay is the best alternative to reach the great Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, after the famous Inka Trail. Walk back in time and feel the magic of Machu Picchu exploring its temples and don’t leave Machu Picchu without climbing the popular Wayna Picchu Mountain, a gigantic rock that appears in every classic photo of Machu Picchu.

Sacred Valley

sacred valley image

Most people visit the Sacred Valley as part of an organized one-day tour. The tour includes a visit to the market at Pisac, a stop for lunch in Urubamba, a visit to the beautiful Inca village and fortress of Ollantaytambo and a quick stop at the Quechua village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco.

Maras Moray

maras and moray guide

The tour of the Salt mines of Maras and the agricultural terraces of Moray is a great complement to the Machu Picchu tours.


Arequipa & Colca Canyon

canyon colca pictures

Arriving at Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa, is not to be confused with the delicious milk caramel served in many places in South America. It is the access point to the Colca Canyon which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The cliffs are not as steep but there is a great hiking and many people come to see the Andean Condor.

The city of Arequipa is an exceptionally beautiful colonial city. Make sure to visit the Santa Catalina Monastery with its colorful walls and winding walkways. It is of the most beautiful monasteries in South America. Book Colca canyon tour

Lake Titicaca

arriving to lake titicaca

This popular attraction in Peru is shared with Bolivia. Considered to be the world’s largest lake with the highest altitude, Lake Titicaca offers quite a bit to tourists. One can visit the weekend market at Puno, take a boat ride around the lake titicaca, and also enjoy a folk festival. Book lake Titicaca tour

Uros floating island

floating islands peru

One of the most popular attractions at the lake is the Uros islands. The islands are about a 40 minute boat ride from the main port in Puno. The history of the Uros people is particularly fascinating.

Amantani island

Amantani Island is one of the most famous islands of Lake Titicaca , two hours and forty minutes from the port of Puno Lake Titicaca , for a magnificent stay in local homes equipped to receive tourists.

Taquile island

Taquile Island is one of the most visited on Lake Titicaca , can be visited in one day Uros and Taquile , the textileria of taquile is unique and has been recognized as intangible heritage of humanity.
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Kayaking in lake titicaca

titicaca kayaking

If you love the adventure is undoubtedly the best option on Lake Titicaca, it is a magical experience that can give them everything they need, adventure in Lake Titicaca, inner peace, culture and much more. For a day or two visit also the islands of Lake Titicaca as Uros floating islands, Taquile Island recognized by UNESCO and Amantani an unforgettable experience only on Lake Titicaca. 
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Rainforest tours

rainforest from puerto maldonado

The magnificent Amazon Rainforest is a beautiful, colorful, mysterious, endangered and unique place on earth. It is a place that you can’t describe with words and in our opinion, you should have seen, or better said, experienced it at least ones in your life. 
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