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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Top 10 Things to Do While In Peru in No Particular Order

Peru is a truly amazing country bursting with cultural sites and experiences. Everybody knows about Machu Picchu, but there is much more to this country than just MP. From amazing food, music and dance to archaeological remains: Peru has it all.

1. Drink copious Maracuya Sours - Made from passionfruit, this alcoholic beverage is heaven in a glass.

2. Visit Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan, Chiclayo - One of the best museums in Latin America without doubt. At this modern and well designed museum you get to know all about the Moche people of northern Peru and see some of the richest artefacts that have been uncovered in Peru.

3. Eat Ceviche - The best place to try ceviche is in the north of Peru. Good ceviche is a circus for your taste buds being spicy and refreshing in a single mouthful. Ceviche is made from fish marinated in lemon, coriander and chilli - yum!

4. Ollantaytambo - Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley outside of Cuzco. Here are some of the most impressive examples of fine Inca stonework that you will find.

5. Go to Manu - Get to know the Peruvian jungle with a visit to Manu. Incredible! This is one of the world's most biodiverse spots with thousands of animal and plant species right outside your cabin.

6. Trekking around Huaraz - Get your fill of impressive mountain scenery trekking Callejon de Huaylas and see snowcapped mountains including Peru's largest peak Huascaran (6768m).

7. Learn the Cajon - This Peruvian instrument is used in different types of Musica Criolla. The cajon is a type of drum that was created by Afro-Peruvian slaves. The drum is a box with a hole in the back and the player sits on top of it and slaps the front with their hands. The cajon looks and sounds very cool - you can find cajon classes in Lima.

8. Las Brisas del Titicaca Show - This folkloric group is famed throughout Peru for its fabulous displays of Peruvian dance. The group have a lunch and dinner show on in Lima permanently. Even if dance is not really your thing, the show is a must to appreciate the richness of Peruvian culture.

9. Huancabamba Curanderos - Huancabamba is famous within Peru for its curanderos or shamans. The area in the north of Peru is also close to sacred lakes "Las Huarinjas", which are revered for their mystical powers. Huancabamba is known as the cradle of shamanism in Peru and if you are interested in spirituality, then this place is a must.

10. Surfing Chicama - This will only appeal to a select group of travelers to Peru, but if you are into surfing, then this is a must. Peruvian surf is good. You encounter great waves and uncrowded surf spots all up and down the Peruvian coast. But Chicama is the king of all Peruvian surf locations and boasts the world's longest wave. Best waves here are usually around Easter time.

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