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What to Do If You Have One Month in Peru

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The great thing about having a month in Peru is that you don't have to limit yourself to big hitters like Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, but can explore the country's three main regions: the coast, the Andes, and the Amazon. From national parks like Huascarán and Manu, to breathtaking sights like Colca Canyon and the Nazca Lines, to lesser-known towns like Máncora and Trujillo, there are endless places to discover if you are lucky enough to have one month in Peru.
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Aguas Calientes, Peru
The Inca Trail is perhaps the most famous trek in Peru. This is the road to Machu Picchu, an ancient route that leads from the Sacred Valley into the heart of the Andes. You must obtain a permit and hire an official guide in order to hike the Inca...
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It is said that summer never leaves the north shore of Peru. The region's proximity to the Equator means that winters (June – August) see daily temperatures in the high 20s Celsius, while the summers (January – March) frequently range into the...
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Putumayo River
The Paracas National Reserve is located in Ica, about three hours south of Lima. The park spans the Paracas Peninsula, the surrounding coast, and the tropical desert. While the peninsula provides an amazing ocean view with some local birds like...
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Every day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream...
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The Nazca Lines are massive geometric and zoomorphic designs laid out in the middle of the coastal desert of the Ica region. These 2500 year old sand etchings are so big that you can only see them from the air. Their origin is a mystery....
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Jirón Victor E. Chave, Puno, Peru
Located on the border between Perú and Bolivia, this is the highest lake in the world and a mystical, fascinating place. Legend has it that Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the sons of Inti the sun god, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca to found...
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Unnamed Road, Peru
Colca Canyon, a three-hour drive north of Arequipa, is one of Peru’s most popular and extraordinary tourist attractions. The chasm is over 13,600 feet deep, making it one of the deepest in the world, and more than twice as deep as the...
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Huascarán National Park is a lush natural area within the Cordillera Blanca, a range of the Andes that runs through the Ancash region of central Peru. You will find an abundance of hiking trails, lakes, and glaciers, all of which you can explore...
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Manú Province, Peru
Manu National Park is globally renowned for its rich reserve of biodiversity . It is located in Southwestern Peru at the meeting point between the Tropical Andes and the Amazon Basin. The reserve's isolation has spared it from most human impact,...
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Av. San Martin 404, Cusco, Peru
Peru would have to be one of our favourites - the colours, the people, the food, and the places - it has everything to offer to a traveller. From Incan ruins to the Amazonian rainforest, there's something for everyone in Peru. The highlight for us...
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Ferreñafe, Peru
Ferreñafe is not the town you imagined yourself visiting in Peru. Far from the Andes and the Amazon, on the northern desert coast, Ferreñafe is a small provincial town with one tourist draw, the Museo Nacional Sican, where elaborate gold funerary...
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26 De Diciembre 270, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
We took a four night trip to the Peruvian jungle and the Macaws at this clay-lick were a highlight from the boat trip up the river.
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Trujillo, Peru
Just about 15 minutes outside of the center of Trujillo - Peru's colonial town in the northwestern part of the country and third largest city - you'll find the quaint seaside town of Huanchaco. Here you will find many surfers teaching local kids...