Daydreaming is probably one of my favourite hobbies. What’s better is daydreaming about something that is actually going to happen. Although I won’t be journeying to South America until later in the year, I spend a whole lot of time thinking about it, reading about it, excitedly connecting the dots along maps.
Every country becomes my dream destination the further I look into it, and this week I happen to be stuck on Peru (in the good way). So, let’s get a bit organized and think about it a little more. Here are some of my top picks for Peru.
Exploring the Cordillera Blanca
Tim and I seem to be mountain people, we always seem to have a few images like this in our travel plans. Then again, who could say no to a view like that?
As part of the Andes, this range is one of the largest in the world. Though imposing, the views are touted as some of the most beautiful mountain views you can get. Various treks are available for varying degrees of hikers, beginning in the city of Huaraz.
Trekking in Machu Picchu
In my mind, Machu Picchu is kind of like Angkor Wat–it’s one of those crowded tourist destinations that is a must-see for a reason. Of course I’ll make the effort to trek out to it, though I’m thinking of taking the Salkantay Trek as opposed to the shorter and more popular Inca Trail.
Volunteering in sustainable community development
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I work in sustainability. My dream is to work in international development with a sustainability lean. So, this combines my passion and the added bonus of some real experience. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in Peru, I’ve just got to find the right one.
Wandering the historic centre of Arequipa
The centre of Arequipa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique European architecture and style is something that gets me every time. The city itself is quite large and industrialized, but sometimes that pocket of history is enough to draw you in.
Journeying to the oasis that is Huacachina
Something about this desert oasis, nestled among the dunes, really draws me in. The first time I saw a photo of this village near Ica, I became instantly obsessed with seeing it for myself. The contrast is something from a movie.
Spending some serious beach time in the northwest
Máncora may be the most popular beach/party town, but there are plenty of other stunning (and quieter) beaches in the region. Something about growing up around zero beaches (sure, Newfoundland is an island, but a rocky beach on the frigid North Atlantic does not count) makes it impossible to pass up a trip to the beach when travelling.
Have you been to Peru? Do you want to go? Have any suggestions? Share below!