25 Top Tips for Backpacking in Peru

25 Top Tips for Backpacking in Peru

So you are planning a backpacking adventure and Peru is top of the list of countires you want to visit. We have put together a list of top tips from past travellers about Peru including popular, alternative and off the beaten track things to do.

  1. Go surfing in Mancora - most people don't think of Peru as a surfing destination, but its a great place to learn
  2. Seek out adventure sports in Arequipa we recommend going on a buggy tour
  3. See the Floating Islands - really spectacular and different to the other tourist attraction in Peru
  4. Party - Peru has lots of great travel opportunities but sometimes is nice just to relax and enjoy the night life and atmosphere in a place like Lima
  5. Explore Cuzco - see colonial architecture and wonder the back streets of this amazing destination
  6. Visit Lima, Cuzco and the whole of the South, it's a dream destination
  7. The Inca Trail Trek in Peru is one of the travel highlights of the world, make sure you book in advance
  8. If visiting Machu Picchu, try to take first bus up from Aguas Calientes in the morning to see the sun rise over Machu. Amazing.
  9. In the Amazon, stay at explorer's inn eco lodge, fly into Puerto Maldonado and canoe to the lodge
  10. Ayacucho, Peru is a quiet little mountain town in the Andes. Very few "tourists", mostly serious backpackers and volunteers
  11. In Arequipa do the Colca Canyon trek 2nd deepest canyon in the world
  12. Cusco Wild Rover hostel for massive party
  13. Go to huacachina stay at banana republic hostel do sandboarding / buggying tour and Pisco tour a lot of fun
  14. It is not recommdended to cross from Ecuador - Peru via Zumba
  15. Visit Cuzco in June, it's Inti Raymi!
  16. June / July is the best time of year to hit Peru's beaches: Mancora, Punta Sal, Zorritos, Santa Barbara. Go surfing & kitesurfing
  17. In Mancora stay at Loki hostel totally awesome party amazing hostel
  18. Lima stay at Cocopelli or Pirawana hostel
  19. Lorenzo expedition is a recommended adventure tour to Machu Pichu hands down, mountain bike, raft, zipline, hike your way cheap
  20. Baños cycle Ruta de la cascadas do zip lining
  21. If lucky see Tungurahua errupt on night tour
  22. Go to Montanita for awesome party and surf
  23. Iquitos, Peru is a destination that is compelling but also very valuable for the customer. October/ November is the best time.
  24. Try Cuy (guinea Pig) & Alpaca - lovely, Drink coca tea to avoid the 'sorocho' in the Andes. Take the walk to Gocta waterfall.
  25. Definitely visit Villa de Leyva, its beautiful. If you have a private chopper visit Kuelap (its on the death wish road

 

 

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