Lake Titicaca, Peru
The best town to stay in when visiting Lake Titicaca is Puno. This is the Peruvian side of the lake, and is known to be the capital of Folklore Peru. The region has a checkerboard field, with rolling hills, and high Andean Peaks. This is where the world was created from based on Incan Mythology. Challapama is found on the Bolivian side of the lake where you can find the largest island isla del Sol. (Island of the Sun) Best time to visit is when they are celebrating their ancient holidays with fancy costumes and brass bands traveling through the streets.
The foremost city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Few travelers to Peru will skip visiting this premier South American destination, also the gateway to Machu Picchu. Visitors to Cuzco get a glimpse of the richest heritage of any South American city. Despite the obvious tourist nature of the place, there is no better headquarters for beginning your exploration of Machu Picchu or any of the other various Incan sites throughout the region. The Spanish occupation over the centuries has also left its mark in many of the colonial buildings left behind, preserved in all their architectural splendor. Combined with the indigenous population’s culture, there is aheady blend of ancient, colonial, and modern.
Peru’s best sandy beach stretches for several kilometers in the sunniest region of the country, while dozens of plush resorts and their budget-conscious brethren offer up rooms within meters of the lapping waves. On shore, a plethora of restaurants provides fresh seafood straight off the boat as fuel for the long, lazy days. The consistently good surf draws a sun-bleached, board-toting bunch and raucous nightlife keeps visitors busy after the sun dips into the sea in a ball of fiery flames. However, even though it has seen recent explosive growth, Máncora has somehow managed to cling to its fishing community roots. Year-round sun means that this is one of the few resort towns on the coast that doesn’t turn into a ghost town at less popular times.
As Peru’s capital and largest city, Lima is a sprawling metropolis constituting an architectural blend of pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern infrastructure. The city was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and offers a rich history as well as exceptional food, a vibrant culture and lively nightlife. After Cairo, this sprawling metropolis is the second-driest world capital, rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs. To enjoy it, climb on the wave of chaos that spans from high-rise condos built alongside pre-Columbian temples, and fast Pacific breakers rolling toward noisy traffic snarls. Think one part southern Cali doused with a heavy dose of America Latina. But Lima is also a sophisticate, with civilization that dates back millennia. Stately museums display sublime pottery; galleries debut edgy art; solemn religious processions date back to the 18th century and crowded nightclubs pulse with tropical beats. No visitor can miss the capital’s culinary genius, part of a gastronomic revolution more than 400 years in the making.
One of Peru’s most visited cities, Arequipa is surrounded by three picturesque volcanoes in the country’s Southern Coastal region. Arequipa embodies a rich mix of the indigenous and Spanish colonial cultures. Examples of Spanish colonial architecture can be found throughout the center of the city. Arequipa is also the gateway to Peru’s most visited natural attraction, the Colca Canyon.