Awesome Attractions In Peru (Other Than Machu Picchu)
Peru: ancient ruins, remnants of once-great civilizations, and llamas. Yes, Peru does offer these things, and it offers them in abundance. But the beautiful country located among the deserts of the south, hugging the Pacific Ocean to the west, and rolling around beautiful mountain ranges all throughout offers a lot more than Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Sure, this window into the ancient Incan civilization definitely are a sight to see, but Machu Picchu is only one of many reasons to visit Peru.
Parque de la Reserva
Lima boasts several parks, but Parque de la Reserva has something special; with nearly one dozen water fountains, Parque de la Reserva claims the world’s largest water fountain park, as well as the best water fountain light show! Every Wednesday through Sunday, Parque de la Reserva puts on an incredible light show called Cicuito Magico del Agua (Magic Water Circuit). Hundreds of people flock to the park every night for an incredible display of lights, music, and water.
El Parque del Amor
To be honest, you could spend an entire week in the city of Lima, and still not hit every cool site! One of these cool sites is El Parque del Amor, or the Park of Love, located in the Miraflores district of Lima. Watching the sun set atop the cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean with the person you love (or even by yourself!) is a must-do while visiting Lima. Beautiful mosaics surround the park, and in the middle lays a giant statue of lovers embracing one another, called “El Beso” (The Kiss).
The Inca Market, also located in the Miraflores district of Lima, is full of handmade crafts inspired by Incan heritage, which is very celebrated in Peru. Colorful carpets adorn walls, shop after shop, a myriad of colors and symbols, retell stories from their past. From alpaca blankets and scarfs to shoes to pillow pets (yes, I found alpaca pillow pets for my nieces!), the Inca Market has so many beautiful crafts that make perfect souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones back home.
Any cat lover would feel like they died and went to Heaven after visiting Kennedy Park, yet another awesome place to go in Lima! Kennedy Park. Stray cats call the park their home, where dozens laze in the sun day in and day out. It may sound kind of odd, but these cats are taken care of, and the park is kept clean and sanitary. What could be better than a park full of cats to watch and pet?
Feeling like you stepped back in time is amazing, no matter where you are in the world. Several tourist attractions in Peru consist of the remnants of Incan civilization, but a must-see is the sacred city of Caral, located in the Barranca province. Because of it’s incredible preservation over the past near- 4,500 years, it is considered the remnants of the oldest city in the Americas!
The Nazca Lines are also an incredible wonder of the ancient world, found in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. Scholars believe them to be created by the Nazca people between 500 BC and 500 CE. These incredible works of art display sights that were probably common to the Nazca people, like monkeys, alpacas, and trees. They can be seen either from airplane, or even from the foothills that surround the site.
Countless mountain ranges and hiking trails have a home in Peru. One spectacular mountain is Vinicunca, commonly called the “Rainbow Mountain” for obvious reasons.
The hike is hard work and the mountain is difficult to find, unless you have an experienced guide with you, but the reward is so worth it, to see this breathtaking sight that looks like it was painted by some un-earthly force.
Machu Picchu is undoubtedly a sight to see, but there are countless other sights that deserve just as much recognition, like the Rainbow Mountain, Nazca Lines, or El Circuito Magico del Agua. No matter how many times you go to Peru, there will always be more reasons to revisit, more sites to see, and more chaufa to eat!