Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, there are always things you wish you’d known before you arrived to your destination. Each country has its own little quirks and eccentricities that are common knowledge to locals but may be news to first-time travelers. Here are just a few things you may wish you’d known before coming to Peru:
1. Don’t just be a typical tourist.
Yes, Peru is famous for Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but that’s not the only place you should visit. Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon on earth is definitely a place to discover as well as Lake Titicaca at more than 4,000m above sea level home to the floating islands. And let’s not forget the hidden gems most travelers don’t know about: the Secret Slave Tunnels in Chincha, Huacachina the desert oasis home to the biggest sand dunes in South America, or the Paracas National Reserve where the desert meets with the sea to create unbelievable scenery. Whatever way you get to or from Machu Picchu, make sure you stop along the way to see these incredible destinations as you will probably only come to Peru one time in your life.