There’s so much more to Peru than Machu Picchu.
There are other lost cities to explore. A whole Sacred Valley. Snowcapped peaks. Desert oasis. And one long coastline that most travelers never even see.
Find your own Peru.
3 ALTERNATIVES TO MACHU PICCHU
THE OTHER MACHU PICCHU
Sitting high in the Vilcabamba mountain range, the 15th-Century archaeological complex of Choquequirao closely resembles Machu Picchu .
But there is one very noticeable difference between the two: Machu Picchu gets around 3,300 visitors per day, while Choquequirao sees an average of only 15 to 20.
THE SANTA CRUZ TREK
The Cordillera Blanca are like the Annapurna you’ve never heard of.
Rambling, snow-capped peaks towering as high as 6,768 m. Brilliant blue glacial lakes. Head off on the 4-day Santa Cruz Trek to explore this quite spectacular part of the country.
EPIC TREKS IN PERU
THE BIG CITY
Lima is in the middle of a culinary renaissance.
While foreign food used to be in vogue, chefs are remaking classic Peruvian fare with a distinctly modern twist. Young people are going back to traditional foods with renewed interest. Here’s a tour that gets to some iconic places for Lima’s food culture.
Despite the town’s weird backpacker scene, Huacachina is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a desert oasis.
Get on a dune buggy or sandboard and head out on the sand dunes of Huacachina.
More Southern Peru: Crossing the Border at Yungayo