Peru is a magical place. It's home to some of the world's most famous sites, friendly people, and arguably the most delicious food in all of South America. Here are 10 reasons every world traveler needs to visit Peru this year.
1. Machu Picchu
Hard not to give Machu Picchu the top spot. Sitting at the end of the Inca Trail is one of the true wonders of the world. It was built in the 15th century and later abandoned, but you can still imagine the original builders living amongst the ruins.
2. The Accommodations
Of course, Peru is home to amazing lodging from hostels to 5-star resorts - but if you're looking for something more, Peru has that, too. Just take a look at the Skylodge Adventure Suites pictured above. What a breathtaking view.
3. See the Oasis
Peru is home to the Huacachina Oasis, which is truly one of the most stunning views in the world. You'll feel like you hiked 1,000 miles to see it.
4. The Textiles
Where else are you going to find matching alpaca sweaters like these? Peru is home to amazing clothing, you're going to want to bring home full kits for your entire family. We suggest bringing an extra suitcase or buying one in Peru to bring back your goods.
5. The Architecture
The city of Cusco is home to some amazing architecture, while Lima will also keep you busy.
6. The Wildlife
There are not many places left in the world where you can spot a Jaguar in its natural habitat. Peru is worth a visit for this alone.
7. The Markets
If you're from the US, your dollar goes a long way in Peru. Shop for some of those amazing textiles we discussed earlier, ceramics, or anything else your heart desires.
8. The Unexpected
Sure you've heard of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, but there's so much else worth exploring in Peru that you may not have set your sights on yet. Consider visiting the natural pools of Millpu, Amantani, or Ollantaytambo in Southern Peru.
9. The Photo Opportunities
With stunning landscapes at every turn, you'll be hard-pressed to take a bad photo in all of Peru. Let the country do the work!
10. The Alpacas & Llamas
Don't leave Peru without a picture like this. You'll remember it forever.