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Hit the nightlife in Cusco
Cusco is ground zero for travellers preparing for their Machu Picchu trek, Amazon adventure, and pretty much any and every adventurous activity you can think of. It just also happens to be a whole lot of fun for night owls who love a party, and who enjoy going out and meeting new people. The best thing about being in Cusco is that everyone has something in common with someone else, since you’re all there for the same reason—making it the perfect place to strike up new friendships and explore this picturesque town together.
Start off with dinner and cocktails at the chic hangout Republica Del Pisco, one of the most iconic venues in Cusco, before heading out to one of the most fun places on the planet: La Chupiteria The Shot Bar, where the party gets started before most people head off to Mama Africa to dance the night away.
Walk the streets of Lima
The best way to discover a city is, in my opinion, to simply walk the streets and take it all in. You never know what you’ll find around the next corner, and going by foot is the best way to get a feel for the soul of a city. Lima should be a lot more famous than it is, given how beautiful and drastic their cityscape is. We’re talking about world-class surf in stunning blue water, detail-perfect colonial architecture, and a world-class dining scene (including incredibly authentic international cuisine, such as Japanese—the Peruvians are fantastic at bringing the best of Japan right to your table).
Load up your Spotify with some local music and let intuition guide you through the streets of Lima. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with this fun activity in Peru.
Visit the Nazca Lines
Peru’s Nazca Lines are wildly impressive. Created somewhere between 500 BCE and 500 CE, these extremely large artworks depict everything from monkeys, hummingbirds and humans, to spiders, dogs, cats, and lizards (plus more)! In fact, more of these ancient artworks, that are visible from the air (between 500m and 1,500m) and other mountains that are at a high altitude, are still being discovered today. They were created by engraving lines into the desert floor, with the largest being 370 metres big. Today, archaeologists continue to theorise why they were created and what they all mean, lending an air of mystery to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
See Lake Titicaca
The largest lake in all of South America is a true spectacle. Located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, it is 281 metres deep and surrounded by reed beds and various islands, that are also home to several native populations. Lake Titicaca is a must-see experience when in Peru, for its size and relative isolation from the rest of the country really makes its visitors feel relaxed and disconnected from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is home to hundreds of different aquatic life, including the giant Titicaca water frog which amazingly, grows up to 17cm in length.
Hike Machu Picchu
Of course, what list would be complete without mentioning Machu Picchu?
Hiking Machu Picchu is one of the top things to do in Peru! This trek a life-changing experience that everyone should do at least once in their lives (and hopefully many more times than that)! The ancient Incan ruins simply cannot be beat if you’re after a breathtaking spectacle that looks like it came right out of a fantasy film. This multi-day hiking adventure will take you through a series of different terrain, from jungle to rocky clifftops, over gushing white rivers and into the heart of remote Peruvian villages. It is a physical feat that will keep you energised and wondering what’s coming next…and it’s best to be prepared by reading up on what you should pack, and the types of clothes and gear you will need to make it a more comfortable experience.
Truth be told, Machu Picchu is one of the greatest world wonders you will ever have the chance to see, and I would bet my last dollar that nothing else you see or experience in this magical world will top it.