Over the past decade or so, tourism in Peru’s shot up dramatically. Back in 2010, there were barely 2,500,000 tourists; in 2018, that number shot up to 4,419,430!
Yes, the availability of affordable flights has influenced Peru’s tourism.
But also, their beautiful country and culture are big factors as well! There is plenty to experience that you are bound to appreciate.
Wondering why the best time to go to Peru is now? We’ll tell you all about this fascinating country.
It’s Very Accessible
As I mentioned above, in general, international travel’s become easier than ever. Not only are there more flights to previously hard-to-reach places, but airlines have gotten so competitive that you’ll often find great steals for tickets.
No matter where you live in the United States, you’ll probably find an airport near you that’ll take you to Peru.
These include LAX (Los Angeles), MIA (Miami), JFK (New York), DFW (Dallas), ATL (Atlanta), IAH (Houston), EWR (Newark), and IAD (Washington, D.C.).
What’s even better is the airline LATAM is partnered with American Airlines through the Oneworld alliance, which means you can use your AAdvantage membership points to fly to Peru.
So there’s the possibility that you can fly there for free!
When you land in Peru, you won’t be restricted to just a few cities either. If you want to fly within the country, you’ll be pleased to know that the majority of flights are very affordable and even cheap. So you’ll be able to roam the country without spending an arm and a leg.
The Food Is Amazing
Perhaps you’ve heard of the dish ceviche; it’s made of raw seafood in citrus juice, other seasonings, and cilantro. Bet you didn’t know it was from Peru!
This refreshing dish should give you a clue into how fantastic Peruvian cuisine is. Even if you’re not a foodie, you’re sure to appreciate all the Latin foods available in this country.
In fact, the country’s capital Lima is pretty much the place to go in South America for Latin cuisine. Lima is home to chefs Gaston Acurio and Virgilio Martinez; the latter’s won the Chef’s Choice Award. This award is nothing to sneeze at, as it names him the best chef in the whole world.
Not only do 2 world-renowned chefs come from Lima, but it’s also host to 2 restaurants that have made it into the top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. So if you travel to Lima, make sure you dine at either Central Restaurante, Maido, or both.
But you don’t necessarily have to stick to elegant, expensive restaurants while you’re in Peru.
You should also enjoy what the local cuisine offers, such as dishes that use traditional Andean crops and Amazonian fish and fruits. Meals are inexpensive as well, so you can get a thorough taste of the local cuisine without spending too much.
Their Drinks Are Tasty
Of course, I’m talking about alcoholic drinks here. This country makes pisco, which is a type of brandy that’s either colorless or yellow. If you’re of drinking age, then don’t miss out on giving this a taste.
You can even visit the Museo Del Pisco in Lima, where you can learn all about this brandy.
After you’re done walking through the museum and have learned all about this alcoholic drink, you can then continue onto its part. Here, you can try a wide variety of cocktails.
It Has One of the 7 Wonders of the World
Yes, I’m talking about Machu Picchu. Back in 1981, this grand site was made into a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary, then a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Finally, in 2007, it was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
All the above should make it very obvious that Machu Picchu is not only a national treasure, but also a worldwide one as well.
This Inca citadel was built back in the mid-1400s, which makes it very impressive that it’s still standing today. Make sure you make room in your itinerary for Machu Picchu, as it’ll be an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy Breathtaking Beaches
Peru is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches around. If you’re a surfer, then you’ll want to visit Mancora, which is a top surf destination.
More specifically, short boarders will like Punta Roquitas, while longboarders will like Playa Wakiki instead. And if you want to conquer huge waves, visit Chorrillo, where you can find La Herradura. This is a left-hand point break you don’t want to miss out on.
Even if you’re not a surfer or lover of beach activities, it’s still worth it to make a trip down to Peru’s beaches. Whether it’s a stroll down the boardwalks or a lazy afternoon suntanning on the sand, you and your friends or family will have an outstanding time.
See Lots of Natural Landscapes
Peru is home to so many natural landscapes that are unique to this country. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then you’ll have a fantastic time here.
For instance, there’s the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca). As the name suggests, this stunning peak has a wide array of colors due to erosion, glaciers, and tectonic shifting.
Other notable areas include Lake Titicaca, the Amazon River, and Colca Canyon.
If you end up loving Peru so much you want to stay there, then you might be interested in purchasing land or property. Check here for what’s available and you can even brainstorm how you’ll build up your own house.
The Best Time to Go to Peru Is Now
After reading this article, now you’ve realized that the best time to go to Peru is now!
This country is nearby and has tons to offer, so what are you waiting for? Book your plane tickets, pack your bags, and leave on a wonderful adventure!
For more fascinating articles on travel, please check out my other blog posts.