Ecuador & Peru Trip Extensions
Some things not to miss on your trip to Peru
Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the Inca Trail offer a glimpse into the mysterious and fascinating history of the Incas. Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake spanning from Peru to the border of Bolivia with over 30 islands, some inhabited, with cultures dating back to the pre-Colombian era. Lima, the capital city, claims some of Peru’s best museums, including one of the largest in South America.
As well as being a gateway to nearby attractions like Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Cusco offers travelers a host of culturally rich museums, cathedrals, and markets that make this city an excellent addition to any itinerary. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Cusco area offers a number of spectacular trekking opportunities.
One of the biggest drawing points to the city of Lima is the fact that it is home to some of Peru’s best museums, notably the Museo de Oro del Peru (Peruvian Gold Museum) and the Museo de la Nacion (The National Museum), which is one of the largest museums in South America. Other highlights include colonial architecture at Iglesia de San Francisco, pre-Inca pyramids at Pachacamac, and catacombs in Central Lima.
Machu Picchu is by far the most famous attraction in South America. Rightfully so, it is an experience no tourist will ever forget. Located high above the clouds, the city’s streets, temples, and staircases spread across a jungle ridge that eventually plunges more than 300 meters into the treacherous waters of the Rio Urubamba below.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It sits at 3,821 meters above sea level. Its surface area is approximately 8,300 square kilometers and it is the largest freshwater lake in South America. About 25 rivers empty into the lake, which holds about 41 islands. Forming a natural border between Bolivia and Peru, the lake is characterized by its diverse cultural and natural attractions.