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Reasons to Travel to Peru

Reasons to Travel to Peru

When asking someone about their ideal holiday destination, Peru is not always their first answer. But there are in fact so many reasons to visit Peru, that more and more people are discovering the unspoilt joys of the country. Oasis Overland Adventures offers an overland tour of Peru that encompasses all of the best places to visit, from the vibrant cities to the historical landmarks and unbelievable natural phenomenon.

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trails

This world heritage site provides unique insight into pre-Columbian South America, with this fortress town being one of the most visited and most beautiful of the Inca ruins. Accessible only by rail or by the famous Inca trail, it is a bit of a strenuous walk to get to this hidden landmark, but it is well-worth the trip. Besides its historical value and beauty, Machu Picchu offers breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains, dense South American forests and the Urubamba River that snakes through the valley below.

If Machu Picchu is one of your reasons to travel to Peru, but you don’t fancy the 6 hour walk up to the ruins from Aguas Calientes, there is a viable alternative that is regularly utilised by Oasis Overland. Taking the bus, which leaves every 20 minutes, as far as possible is a scenic way to relax and enjoy the country side.

If it’s a trek you’re after there’s a 4 day hike and for those who’d like some physical activity, but not too much, there’s the 2 day Inca Trail which incorporates approximately 6-7 hours walking on the first day and a bus ride up to Machu Picchu for one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever witness.

The Nazca Lines

As baffling and mind-blowing as the Egyptian Pyramids, the Nazca Lines usually top a list of reasons to travel to Peru. These geometric lines were etched into the Peruvian desert to depict shapes, human figures, animals and plants. Made by the Nazca people between 200BC and 600AD, these lines have enchanted and intrigued people for generations and are best viewed in their entirety from the air.

The Salkantay and Vilcabamba Treks

Peru’s natural and beautiful scenery makes it a top destination for hiking and trekking. As more and more restrictions are put on the immensely popular Inca Trail, it is the other walks in the country that are gaining ground. The Salkantay Trek is an alternative way to reach Machu Picchu and is one of the most varied hikes in the world. Heading through the mountains of Cordillera Vilcabamba and circuiting the majestic Salkantay Peak is a thrilling new and relatively less populated way to visit the famous Inca ruins.

If it is Inca history that appeals to you, then the Vilcabamba Trek is Peru’s best hike for you. Heading through the lush countryside of the Andes, there are many cultural landmarks along the way, from ancient religious shrines to traditional villages. End up in the Inca village of Vilcabamba, hiding under a forest canopy and explore vine-covered temples and an atmosphere that can never be matched or explained.

The Colca Canyon

A Colca Canyon adventure is the Peruvian answer to a United State’s Grand Canyon holiday, but with almost twice the depth and excitement. Besides the breathtaking views, adventure sports are the main draw card of this reason to travel to Peru. Mountain biking and white river rafting can provide hours of adrenalin pumping excitement and the majestic Andean Condors offer relaxing afternoons of spell-binding bird watching that cannot be matched any where else in the world.

Taquile Island and Lake Titicaca

One of the main reasons to travel to Peru is to see the unusual man-made Uros Islands on South America’s largest body of water, Lake Titicaca. These floating reed homes have been around for centuries, being portable in case the people ever came under attack. A tour around these islands offers visitors the chance to travel back in time, through the world of the historical Uros Indians. The Taquile Island tour offered by Oasis Overland lets visitors spend the night on Taquile Island, sampling the hospitality of the island people and marvelling at how they have preserved their ancient way of life well into the modernity of the 21st century.

Take your ideal Peru tour with Oasis Overland to see the best that the country has to offer and only what appeals to you. The Inca trails are perfect for the outdoorsy type and the history buff will be bombarded with cultural hotspots. Contact Oasis Overland Adventures today to begin planning your ideal trip to Peru.

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