Twelve Exciting Things To Do In Peru

August 23, 2022

Peru is known for its Inca heritage and stunning natural scenery. There are several things to do in Peru, including visiting the ancient Inca ruins, hiking through the Andes mountains, and exploring the Amazon rainforest.

1. Inca Ruins

The most famous Inca ruin is Machu Picchu, located in the southern region of Peru. Inca ruins are one of Peru’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and easily qualify as one of the most popular spots in the country.

The ruins are endowed with tunnels, military buildings, religious structures, and courtyards. The destination is an archaeological gem that every tourist should experience. On your way to and from the ruins, you will find the Pisac Market, where you can buy locally made crafts and souvenirs made with alpaca wood.

2. Exploring Lima

In addition to being Peru’s capital, the city is home to many interesting museums, such as the Museo Larco and several colonial-era churches. Lima is also a good base for exploring the surrounding region, including the nearby Inca ruins.

You can also enjoy a 10-minute paraglide above Lima’s coastline and get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the beautiful coastline.

3. Hiking in the Andes

The Andes mountains offer some of the best hiking in Peru. There are several popular trails, such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the Santa Cruz Trek.

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy a trek at the great Andes. So make sure you start working on your fitness ahead of the trip. Also, ensure you carry the right gear for the experience.

4. Uncovering the Amazon

A large section of the Amazon rainforest falls in Peru. Your trip to this world-class destination is incomplete if you don’t experience the Amazon.

There are many ways to explore this unique ecosystem, including jungle treks, river rafting, and canoeing. Several indigenous communities offer tours and homestays for those looking for a more authentic experience.

5. Cuisine

Peruvian cuisine is a blend of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. Some popular meals tourists enjoy are grilled chicken, stir-fried beef and ceviche, and raw fish marinated in fresh citrus juice.

For those with a sweet tooth, desserts such as alfajores (shortbread cookies) and mazamorra morada (a purple corn pudding) are a must-try. If you are an enthusiastic cook, you may also be lucky to take home a new recipe for your family to enjoy.

6. Go Rafting in Rio Apurimac

One of the best things to do in Peru is rafting in the Rio Apurimac. It is important to note that the destination is also listed as one of the top rafting destinations in the world.

This river, located in the southern part of the country, offers Class III and IV rapids, making it perfect for both beginners and experienced rafters. Other activities you can enjoy include kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

7. Visit Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is located at Bolivia’s and Peru’s borders. The lake is home to several indigenous communities and many floating islands.

There are tons of exciting things to do here, including interacting with the locals at Taquile Island and the Uros Floating Islands, where you can experience Lake Titicaca life’s slow and relaxing pace of life. There are also several watersport activities you could indulge in, such as kayaking excursions and boat tours.

8. Sandboarding in Huacachina

Huacachina is a small oasis town located in the southwest region of Peru. The town is home to a large sand dune, which makes it the perfect place for sandboarding. Most tourists find camel tours and sand buggy rides in the area thrilling.

9. Tambopata Birdwatching

Tambopata is a nature reserve also home to a wide range of bird species. This makes it a favorite spot for birdwatchers. Visitors can also go jungle trekking, canoeing, and fishing in the reserve.

If you love photography, carrying a good camera will help you capture beautiful wildlife and memories.

10. Surfing in Mancora

Mancora is a small beach town located in the northwestern region of Peru. The town is known for its great surfing, as well as its lively nightlife. Visitors can also go windsurfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding in Mancora.

11. Inti Raymi Festival

The Inti Raymi Festival is a traditional Inca festival that takes place in Cusco. The festival celebrates the winter solstice and features many traditional dances and rituals. This is an annual festival often held in June.

12. Explore Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is globally recognized as one of the deepest canyons. The canyon is a popular destination for hikers and those looking to take in the stunning views. If you are looking for adrenaline-spiking activities to immerse yourself in Peru, mountain biking at the canyon could be one.

There are also a few interesting villages in the canyon to learn about.


For a good reason, Peru is recognized as a world-class tourist destination. There is a lot to see and do. Whether it is natural attractions, hiking, watersports, learning about the country’s history, or experiencing the culture, you will enjoy your time here.

Include the activities above in your itinerary to kick off your Peruvian experience.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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