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Peru = Machu Picchu and that’s it for some folks. A real shame as there’s so much more to explore in this spectacular country.

Whether you’re hunting out tasty ceviche in Lima, the capital, seal and penguin-spotting in the Ballestas Islands, or walking in the steps of the Incas in Cusco, there’s more to Peru than meets the eye.

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I have to be honest. I wasn’t expecting much from Lima. But travel is always full of surprises and Lima was a great one.

This coastal city is fun, vibrant and full of amazing ceviche restaurants, beautiful colonial architecture (check out the Monastery of San Francisco for a perfect example) and awesome street art. What more can you ask for?

On a short time-frame? Here’s how to spend the perfect 24 hours in Lima.


Many people view Cusco as the place that you prepare to go to the big ticket: Machu Picchu. But this ancient Peruvian city is much more than just a jumping off point. Explore these awesome things to see and do in Cusco and I think you will agree.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a sight for sore eyes. Nothing can detract from the sight of the sun rising over the ancient Incan citadel – not sore feet from your hike, not the throngs of crowds, not the inevitable doziness from waking up so early.

Famously forgotten about for centuries before being rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, it’s now one of South America’s biggest attractions and one of the new Wonders of the World.

Ballestas Islands

Ever heard of the Ballestas Islands? I wouldn’t blame you if you hadn’t. This collection of tiny islands off the coast of Peru are commonly referred to as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos” thanks to the wealth of bird and sea mammal spotting opportunities they offer to visitors.

Not too far from Nazca, Ica and Huachachina, they are well worth making a detour to see if you are making your way down the coast.

Alternatively, you can see the Ballestas Islands on a day trip from Lima – but be warned. It will be an early start!


Cusco is a mandatory stop for anyone visiting Peru. The ancient capital of the Inca Empire is one of South America’s most fascinating destinations. Don’t miss these awesome things to do in Cusco on your trip. Cusco has archaeological discoveries galore, a buzzing nightlife and is the gateway to Machu Picchu. Put frankly, it’s a …

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Discover how you can avoid the Machu Picchu crowds with this handy guide. Here’s what you need to know. Machu Picchu is a bucket list destination for many travelers around the world, and for good reason! It’s a beautiful historic site located in a remote, mountainous region of Peru. Who wouldn’t want to check it …

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Discover the best day trips from Cusco, Peru, with this handy guide. 9 epic excursions you need to add to your bucket list. If you’re traveling in Peru, you’ll likely end up visiting Cusco for some amount of time. Cusco is a beautiful, colonial town situated in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains. Although …

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Having trouble deciding between the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail? Here’s what you need to know. If you’re planning a trek to Machu Picchu, you’ve probably heard lots of different options thrown around. In fact, there are a few different treks you can choose from that vary widely in difficulty and terrain. Of these …

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Discover the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with this handy guide. Everything you need to know about this epic hike. Every year, hikers from around the world flock to Peru to embark on one of the world-famous treks to Machu Picchu. While the most well-known trek is the Inca Trail, a handful of other treks …

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Ready to discover the best things to do in Peru? From Machu Picchu to lesser-known gems such as Chan Chan, these are the places you shouldn’t miss. Much like many other people around the world, for a long time, my mental vision of Peru was twofold: llamas and Machu Picchu. With its famed ruins and …

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Planning your trip and not sure what to pack for Peru? This Peru packing list walks you through everything you need to consider and pack for your Peru trip! Ah, Peru… what a beautiful, rugged country located on the west coast of South America. Peru has a little bit of everything, from the rainforests of …

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Fascinated by the Rainbow Mountains of Peru? You’re not alone – get ready for a deep dive into this beautiful natural wonder. The Rainbow Mountains of Peru, known locally as Vinicunca, offer more than just an excellent hike or adventure. This multi-coloured mountain range is a feast for the eyes and food for the soul.  …

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Machu Picchu lives up to its reputation as one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites.  Hoards of travellers make the trip each day, meaning that visiting Machu Picchu can be a hassle. The solution? Stay in Machu Picchu Pueblo and beat the crowds. You know that you have found something special when a place looks just like it …

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