When standing around the water cooler talking about vacation plans, how often do you hear the destination “Peru?” Not many people think to travel to this country, although everyone should. Peru is one of those places that can provide a different experience and aesthetic depending on what your tastes are during that particular vacation. Rich with ancient history and mysterious constructs, this county can provide a wonderment that you may not have ever experienced previously.
This tropical destination in the Northwestern area of Peru experiences a great influx of surfers ready to ride the plentiful waves that this area generates. Whether you are looking to catch some rays on the warm sandy beaches or looking to sail out into the Atlantic Ocean looking to catch a Marlin, the area of Mancora can accommodate a range of enjoyable experiences for the whole family.
2. Machu Picchu
This city in the clouds is a testament to the ingenuity of the Inca people prior to the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors. Abandoned for nearly 500 years, much of the structure is still intact and offers a sense of how monumental the development of Machu Picchu was by looking down at the clouds in the valley.
The city of Cusco is ripe with life and rich with history. Once the capital city of the Inca people, this city has seen a fair share of battle several centuries ago as it exchanged hands several times. Now, it is a culture rich location complete with a thriving populace, ruins, and beautifully crafted structures.
One of the most intriguing elements of Peru is that of the Nazca lines. These lines can only be seen from the sky depicting various creatures and images. Although their purposes are still unknown, many speculate that the individuals constructing these monolithic images were communicating with other beings traveling overhead.
Another of Peru’s notable Inca monuments is the quarry at Moray. Each level delves deeper into the ground complete with an irrigation system. The average temperature at the top of the locale is 27-degrees different from the bottom of the pit. It is speculated that the Inca could have used these depressions to experiment on the different temperatures crops can survive in.
As Lima is the capital city of Peru, it stands to reason that it’s also the most populated. The city features some of the most amazing architectural designs complete with aging magnificent cathedrals. The Historic Centre of Lima illuminates the area like a treasure trove of jewels glimmering against the night. Many museums are located in Lima and offer a view of pre-Columbian influence.
7. Vanishing Glaciers
The magnificence of Peru’s glaciers is quickly coming to an end. These once majestic bodies of ice are melting at an incredible rate and areas that our parents would have witnessed at a young age don’t exist today. The landscape is changing so quickly that it won’t be long until the glaciers are all but gone. These glaciers are available for a limited time only and if you want to experience them, time is ticking away.
The world is full of places that are unexplained or where nature seems to have miscalculated creating instances that defy physics. Peru is just one of those locations that has a baffling history of unexplainable phenomena. Whether you’re interested in learning more about how civilizations adapted to the explorations of the 1500s or looking to find evidence of Peruvian UFOs, grab your camera and delve yourself into one of the most mysterious places on Earth.