The only country with Rainbow Mountain, ceviche and llamas.
Peru is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, photographers or first-time travelers looking to immerse themselves in a culturally diverse experience. Want to learn what all the hype is about? Read on.
“I had been to Peru about 4 years ago and LOVED it. It's the perfect adventure country. I spent a lot of time traveling around Peru, sightseeing, eating the local cuisine, learning about the rich history and culture (like the incredible ruins and colorful textiles!) the markets, and of course the endless hiking. With this mix of adventure I figured it would be a place my followers would love to experience with me – thus, we set out to create an itinerary that hit all of this!” says Brooke.
The “Must Visits”
Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most important heritage sites, originally created by the Incas. The site is made up of tombs, temples, pathways, storage rooms and is surrounded by spectacular natural scenery as it sits on top of a spectacular mountain. It is both a sacred and cultural site that has withstood the test of time.
“I had been to Machu Picchu before and was AMAZED by it! I could have spent hours wandering the ruins. This feeling didn’t change my second time there. I just kept on trying to envision the past and what it would have been like back in the day, being the first person to come across this place and what must have been going through their mind.”
Peruvian cuisine is a reflection of the nation’s long history with a combination of European, Asian and African influences. One of the most well-known Peruvian dishes worldwide is ceviche, a dish that combines seafood with marinated citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers and seasoning.
Another popular Peruvian dish? Guinea pig! If you dare, try this local delicacy that is baked and served with side dishes like roasted potatoes and salad!
“I would eat Ceviche and drink Pisco Sours every day! They are Peruvian delicacies. I know guinea pig is a HUGE deal in Peru, and yes I tried one bite from a friend's dish, but just couldn’t do it myself. I kept seeing their cute little innocent faces every time I thought about it and just couldn’t!”
Machu Picchu sits on top of a 2,430m high mountain. Another popular destination, Rainbow Mountain, is a day-long trek at high altitudes where you’ll pass local villages and mountain streams. If you're wondering if you're capable of making this trek, we encourage you to explore beyond your comfort zones. But don't just take our word for it – Brooke had much to say about hiking this beautiful mountain!
“I wouldn’t say it was difficult, as I am an avid hiker, but they did take my breath away, literally. The altitude sure does get you and I highly suggest if traveling to Peru and planning to do Machu Picchu or Rainbow mountain, that you come earlier to acclimatize and get used to that altitude. I believe that if you are acclimatized that anyone could do the hikes, it just takes time and it’s about going slow and enjoying the whole journey to the top! I would like to think I am in shape and a good hiker, but the altitude sure did slow me down. It’s all about deep breaths and knowing you will make it eventually!”
Llamas are photographed just about as much as Machu Picchu. This furry animal has become synonymous with Peruvian culture, and local communities still rely on llama wool as their primary income, which is sold and exported around the world.
“The locals love to dress up in their traditional attire and walk the markets with their llamas for you to get photos with them. I felt as though they were treated well and they all looked healthy! There were also llamas along the routes we would drive, and at Machu Picchu, where I was able to snap a classic ‘selfie’ with one of them. The llamas are something that also attracts people to Peru, and I can see why."
“The friendships made, seeing the connections form and watching everyone interact with each other. I LOVE making connections and it truly made my heart so happy, seeing everyone else happy and enjoying what we had planned for them. Peru brings so much joy to others, and having a group that gets along and appreciates the culture, and experiences, and is able to laugh on the little things made my trip one to remember!"