The are plenty of reasons to visit Peru. It is a wonderful country, with many places to discover, a booming gastronomy, a destination full of history and culture, and very welcoming people. Peru by Bus brings you a guide with the top 5 reasons one can offer you to visit this country.

Top 5 reasons to visit Peru

Peru is an incredibly diverse country blessed with archeological samples, cultural expressions and magical landscapes. You can find many things to do during the day, such as taking a trip to the Historic Centre of Lima, navigating Lake Titicaca on the “caballitos de totora” and practicing ecotourism on the Amazon River, all the while you taste the best Peruvian dishes. Always, our people will receive you with great affection and solidarity that will make you feel at home.

For all these reasons and many more, our country is widely popular. Here we give you the top 5 reasons to visit Peru:

1. The stunning landscapes

Our country has a great variety of landscapes and different regions with diverse geographies. The coast is full of sun and extensive beaches that represent a very good option for fun and relaxation. The northern beaches have some plus for different tastes, such as a wide range of summer sports, protected natural areas nearby, dazzling archaeological sites and very high waves.

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On the other hand, if you want to be further away from civilization, you can enjoy the jungle. Destinations such as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve or the Alto Mayo Protection Forest will show you its beauty. If you prefer long historical tours through centuries-old ruins, while you thoroughly know of some original cultures of the Andes, you can discover the spectacular mountain range and the magical Sacred Valley.

2. The best food in the whole world

Eating in Peru is to feel aromas and enjoy flavors, and meet fabulous and exotic products. With its many species, animals, fruits, vegetables and fish native to the country, tasting a Peruvian dish is a unique experience.

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Lima is the most important place for enjoying seafood, which has become a key ingredient for many typical Peruvian dishes. A good ceviche or a causa limeña, accompanied by delicious and refreshing pisco, will bewitch anyone. Do not forget to try the ají de gallina, which is found throughout the country, but the best ones hail from Lima.

In the Andean region you will find many other delicacies, such as the papa a la huancaína, soups prepared with different and very nutritious cereals (such as quinoa, barley, wheat or amaranth), and the famous cuy. If you like spicy food, there is an ideal dish for you: the rocoto relleno, a chili the size of an apple filled with ground beef, olives, fresh cheese, among other delicacies.

3. Exciting biodiversity

Peru is one of the megadiverse countries of the planet, with the highest diversity indexes of plant and animal species on Earth. It is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers around the globe.

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The most complete wildlife sighting can be done in the Amazon, where you have large and impressive colorful birds such as macaws, parrots or the harpy eagle; mythical terrestrial animals such as the jaguar or monkeys, and fantastic river species such as pink dolphins or otters. In addition, the vegetation is really exuberant, with leaves so big that they serve as umbrellas, flowers of strong and striking leaves, and trees that have spent hundreds of years feeling life pass by.

4. Rich cultural expressions

Peru also has a great variety of cultures, where each one stands out for its own characteristics that make them unique, be it from the coast, mountains or jungle.  Traditional towns and cities around the country maintain their customs, handicrafts, typical clothes, music and dishes.

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La Candelaria

In Peru, handmade products are very appreciated because of its symbolic value. Here, artisans work with methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. You’ll find beautiful handicrafts, like silver jewelry, colorful fabrics and products made of clay that delight all travelers.

Other places frequented both by tourists and locals, where you can experience and witness Peruvian culture, are folkloric “peñas”, craft fairs and patron saint festivities. Most events are with no cost and open to the public.

5. Affordable prices

Peru is one of the most accessible countries for travelling in South America. I If you travel on a budget, don’t worry, you will be able to know most of the touristic attractions and recommended destinations. Travel agencies across the country offer travelling plans at a variety of prices, and the services provided are adequate to every budget.

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There is also a wide variety of lodgings at cheap prices. You can find lodges and hostels from $10 a night to luxury hotels. Public transport is also extremely accessible. On the other hand, there is a diversity of shops, artisan fairs, markets, clothes or typical Peruvian products at low prices.