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Ayla from Istanbul asked

What can't I miss on a first time visit to Peru?

First time to Peru and want to know what attractions I can't miss when I'm there? What were your favorite things to do? I'm pretty adventurous and open to all suggestions. 

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Lorraine

Don't confine yourself to Lima and Machu Picchu-there is so much to see in Peru. Surfing-definitely make it up north to Mancora. The north is an archeological treasure trove. Tumbas Reales de Sipán (Museum of the Lords of Sipan) in Lambayeque , Chiclayo, one of top 10 in world. From Chiclayo can do a day trip to pre-Incan sites-Túcume, Batán Grande, Huaca Rajada. Trujillo- go to Chan Chan, The Pyramid of the Moon, La Huaca del Sol, Huaca El Dragon, Huaca La Esmeralda, and El Brujo just some of the  sites. From Trujillo, out to Huanchaco-good surfing, still use the primitive caballitos (straw boats) and you can ride in one. Great seafood in the cafes there. Go to Cusco- explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Maccu Piccu alone will take a whole day. The mate de coca (a tea) can help with altitude sickness-don't try to do too much in a day, don't over eat and should be OK. The Salinas de Maras near Cusco (salt pans) worth a visit-road there is a little scary, but is worthwhile. Suggest buying a bolito de touristico in Cusco as it prepays admission to many sites-save money and time-ticket also includes admission to a folkloric dance show-worth going to. Lake Titicaca is amazing-try to do a homestay on Amantaní-stay with locals-primitive but different and interesting. Lima-central city area-Plaza de Armas de Lima-lovely (watch out for pickpockets etc here)-visit the catacombs in Monastery de San Francisco. Miraflores Lima-lots happens in Kennedy Park, shopping, do a open top bus tour from here. Paragliding off the cliffs at Miraflores. Many pre-Incan temples dotted round city to visit. Go to a pena (penya) for a meal and folkloric dance and music show- recommend La Candelaria in Barranco-the show is quite late.

Hope this gives you some ideas.


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Katherine from Melbourne

There is so much to see when you visit Peru, but Machu Picchu is definitely the one. Remember that there is more than one way to visit Machu Picchu so don't assume you have to trek it if that's not your style. There are alternative treks and the train journeys. Lima is also a better city now than it was years ago as it has a thriving food scene and arts district in Barranco. In general I would say just not to rush it as many people do with only the minimum amount of nights in each place. We are advocates of 'slow travel' and recommend 3 night in Lima and as much time in Cuzco as you can (such a great city.) 


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Patrick from Miami

Obviously you can't miss Machu Picchu but my recommendation is to not take the Inca trail there. Go by train to Aguas Calientes and then do a trek on a less travelled trail like Ausungante or the pre-inca ruin of Choquequirao Archeological Park.


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Juanjo from Madrid, Spain

Machu Picchu is a must!

We also spent 3 days in Manu National Park and it's among my best memories from Peru.

Have a great trip!


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