Although topping many a bucket list here is so much more to this country than Machu Picchu. Two weeks might seem like a long time, but with so much to do in this amazing country you need to choose your itinerary carefully.
So where should you visit during your two-week trip? Here are some places you shouldn’t miss when planning your Peru holidays.
An excellent starting point for your two-week trip in Peru. It is a massive city and can be hard to navigate when you don’t know where you are going. If you are short on time you may want to hire a driver or a guide to get you to where you want to go and see the best of the city in comfort. The old town with its historic buildings, the art district and museums and galleries should be on your agenda. You can also try some excellent food in Lima’s variety of great restaurants.
Rimac is what is known as Lima’s slums which sit on the hill of Cerro San Cristobal. It is usually advised to avoid this area unless you go with a trusted local. To stay safe, you may want to stay away unless you really want to see the place for yourself.
Think the Galapagos islands but on a much smaller scale. Here you can see penguins & South American sealions as well as different bird life species. The small town of Paracas is quite small and basic and is usually visited as part of a day trip whilst taking a boat trip to Islas Ballestas.
If you are looking for a unique place to visit then this tiny little village found in the middle of a massive desert. The main things to do here are sand boarding and riding dune buggies as it is the perfect location for both. It’s a great place to visit to experiencing something new and there are amazing views to be had from the dunes.
If you want to see the Nazca lines then this place needs to be on your itinerary. You can visit the little viewing tower on the road between Huacachina and Nazca so see a portion of the lines. However, the best way to see them is from the air. You can take a flight over the lines and see everything. These flights can set you back between £80 and £100 but it is worth the cost.
Known as the little sister to Cusco this less visited town is still packed with plenty of things to see and do. Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery the Casa del Moral and of course the Colca Canyon.
The Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world and is a great place for trekking enthusiasts. Starting at Cabanaconde, there are a few different trails you can take depending on how long you want to walk for or how much time you want to spend here. The shortest trail is the Mirador Achachina Trail which is only about a fifteen-minute walk from the plaza in Cabanaconde. So, if you are short on time this is the best choice.
From Cusco you must visit the most famous, most visited site in Peru, Machu Picchu. There are different ways to visit depending on how much trekking you want to do. Trekking the Inca trail and camping on route is a big adventure and makes the spectacular view all the more worthwhile. However, on a two-week trip you might not have the time to fit in the whole trek. If you are really short on time, you can catch the train from Cusco and get here without spending a few days walking. Whichever you choose though you won’t be disappointed. You will love learning about the history of the place, what each terrace and ruin was used for, exploring the mountain ruins, climbing to the highest point and looking out over the fantastic scenery.
Cusco is the heart of the tourist centre in Peru. This pretty town is worlds away from Lima and gives you an excellent starting point to discovering the Incan history in the region. There’s plenty to do here including museums to visit, markets to browse and historic buildings to explore. There are also some nearby Incan ruins to explore which are popular for acclimatisation days if moving onto more challenging trekking. The ruin of Sacsayhuaman can be found on the outskirts of the city which is famous for its giant stones some weighing over 100 tonnes.
You should venture to Puno if you want to visit Lake Titicaca and the Uros Islands. But it also has lots to see and do and is a great place for souvenir shopping. You can visit the cathedral and churches and walk up to the top of condor hill for the view. Plaza de Armas is the central place to explore, eat and shop.
The lake is particularly beautiful and you can take a boat ride out to make the most of the lovely scenery. For a real cultural experience, you can visit the Uros islands. These are the home of the Uru People who have been living on these floating man-made islands since before the time of the Incans. To get the best of the area take a small guided tour is the best option to learn about the history of the area.
Where would you want to visit when exploring Peru for two weeks?
There you have it, a massive jam-packed itinerary to fit in within two weeks in Peru. You will have such a great time with such an assortment of sites to visit, scenery to marvel at and towns to explore. Which places would be at the top of your list to visit? Although Machu Picchu should definitely be on your list, from this suggested itinerary you can clearly see that Peru has a lot more to offer its visitors. An excellent choice for your next trip!