You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve heard the stories – now, it’s time to start the adventure of a lifetime. If you grew up craving the adrenaline-pumping journeys that you watched on movies such as Indiana Jones, then Peru may either already be on the top of your bucket list – or is about to be.
Swim with Pink Dolphins
Known to Peruvians as boto cor-de-rosa, the pink dolphin lives in the freshwater rivers of the Amazon. If you have always dreamed of exploring the natural habitats of dolphins and coming up-close-and-personal with them, this may just be one of the single best days of your life! These beautiful creatures can be found in various shades of pinkish grey to vibrant pink, whose colors deepen when they get excited – much like when humans blush! Make sure to charge your camera to snap pictures with you and these beauties, and ask a local to tell you the myth behind these “shape shifting” dolphins. This is sure to be a day to remember.
Take a Peruvian Cooking Class
Whether you are a seasoned chef, or a slave to the microwave, you are bound to learn a thing or two from taking a Peruvian cooking class. You will be taken to a nearby market where you will learn all about various staple ingredients to their local specialties, and select your items for your evening’s dish. Once you return, the experience continues when you and the rest of the class learn step-by-step how to main a Peruvian dinner. Of course, the best is saved for last when you get to taste the incredible meal you have just prepared!
Try out Sand Boarding
If you have ever been curious as to what it’s like for Aladdin to fly across the sand dunes on a magical carpet – here’s your chance! From the dune buggy ride up to the top of three different slopes, and the exhilarating ride down on the board, prepare yourself for an exciting day exploring the majestic dunes of Huacachina.
Visit a Chocolate Factory
Arequipa is home to a number of chocolate factories – some of them said to host the finest chocolates in the world! If you are a chocolate fiend (like me!) book a chocolate making workshop at one of the factories, and learn the history & process of creating the greatest treat on the planet. Not only that, but you will have the chance to create your own chocolate, with the specific amount of cacao to your individual taste!
Downhill Mountain Biking
With the optimal terrain throughout Peru, you need to give Downhill Mountain biking a try! Zip down the Sacred Valley in Cusco, or the slop of a volcano in Arequipa all while learning about the surrounding nature & culture. You are down for a thrill-seeking adventure; this here is one for you!
Go on an Amazon Rainforest Trek
Come explore the amazing Amazonian jungle in search of rare, exotic animals & lush flora and fauna. During your trek, you will get a chance to taste the water from the vines of the Uncaria Tomentosa (otherwise known as Cat’s Claw) – indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. This water is said to have extremely therapeutic qualities, and has been used by the people of South America to treat various disorders for centuries. Treat your mind and your soul on this trek to the Amazon, and discover all of the incredible life that that rainforest has to offer.
Embark on a Machu Picchu Excursion
No trip to Peru is complete without visiting the lost Incan city! An American historian named Hiram Bingham discovered this archaeological site in 1911, but its origin remains a mystery to this day. Various theories exist about the foundation & purpose behind the creation of this site, with a number of burial sites and skeletal remains having been found. Think you can uncover the truth behind this mysterious lost city? Take a trek to the legendary Machu Picchu from Cuzco, and see what you can uncover!
Peru certainly has lots to offer its travellers, and these are just a small taste of what you can look forward to doing on your days there.
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"Rich is a traveler, writer and filmmaker who's always after somewhere new to go. He's been hopping around the globe since 2011, from Poland to Paris, Mumbai to Ho Chi Minh. He runs several travel sites of his own, from Ski Eastern to Live Krakow to Crabs Move Sideways. When he's not planning his next trip, he's usually listening to 50s jazz, surfing in Wales, skiing in the Alps, or just swigging (too much) great craft beer."
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