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4 Cities to See When You Travel To Peru

07/14/2021 | by Macla Reátegui | Vacation To Peru

Peru is a dream destination, and if you’re thinking to travel to Peru soon and want to enjoy your visit, we have a list of 5 cities you should consider visiting. Each city has its own culture, history, gastronomy and more. Check our list to help plan your next trip to Peru.

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1. Iquitos

Iquitos is the capital of Loreto, and has approximately 370,000 habitants. It’s surrounded by the Amazon, Nanay, and Itaya rivers. It was founded in 1864 at the site of an Indian village and became the chief shipping port for the region during the rubber boom of the late 19th century. 

Want to explore the Peruvian Amazon? Iquitos is the right place. The city lies on the Amazon River; it’s a beautiful destination especially for adventurous travelers with a love for nature. 

Located at the heart of the Amazon Jungle is Treehouse Lodge, a dream place to stay while visiting Iquitos. Choose one of the 12 treehouses between 35 – 75 feet above the jungle floor. It’s the only all-inclusive lodge in the area. 

2. Cusco

This is a historical city of Peru and a must-go destination for everyone. As soon as you arrive in the city your mind will be blown with the incredible infrastructure. Every place you walk is full of ruins filled with history. 

The most famous place to visit is Machu Picchu, famously known as the lost city of the Incas. There are also many other places to visit like the Sacred Valley, Plaza de Armas de Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Inca Walls, the Church of Santo Domingo, Coricancha, etc.

If you’re also planning to visit Iquitos, at Private Vacations we created different tour packages that include Iquitos and Cusco, so you can explore these two incredible cities and create new memories. 

3. Lima

The capital of Peru, founded on January 18 of 1535. Also known as the City of the Kings. It has everything you love to see like historical places, world-class gastronomy, beaches, nightlife and more. 

In Lima, you should definitely visit at least one of the museums. We highly recommended the Larco Museum because it has more than 5000 years of ancient Peruvian history and also has a cafe-restaurant that offers a taste of the best Peruvian and international cuisine.

Whether you want to try Peruvian gastronomy or not, you must schedule visits to famous restaurants like Central, La Mar, Amaz, Maido, La Picanteria, and more. If you need some help to learn more about typical Peruvian dishes, we have a blog to help you out!

4. Ica

This Peruvian city is well known for the cultivation and processing of cotton and grapes, and also for the Nazca Lines. It is located 5 hours from Lima and is a perfect destination for wine lovers and adventure travelers.

One of the first things you should do is visit Huacachina Lagoon, a village built around a small oasis and surrounded by sand dunes. You can also do more things there than just enjoy this oasis, you can also enjoy a wild ride on dune buggies or sandboards. 

Don’t forget to visit the Nazca lines! Archeologists think the lines were made around 10 to 700 AD, you have 2 ways to see them: the most popular and a little expensive, is by air. It costs approximately 120 USD per person for a 1-hour tour. The other is by the Panamericana Highway, but you cannot see them well that close. 

Peru is an incredible country with a lot of places to visit! Just in case you need some assistance planning your travel to Peru, we hope this blog will help.

If Iquitos is on your travel list, contact us to help you book one of the amazing treehouses there.

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