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Beyond Machu Picchu: Extend your visit, make the most of your trip to Peru

Unforgettable Adventures: Discovering Peru's Treasures Beyond Machu Picchu

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Beyond Machu Picchu: The Sacred Valle Peru | Photo by Private Machu Picchu

Embark on a journey of a lifetime and uncover the hidden treasures of Peru beyond the renowned Machu Picchu. Prepare to be captivated by the rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders that await you in this enchanting country. As you venture into the heartland of the Incas, you will find yourself immersed in a world of awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient ruins, and vibrant traditions that continue to thrive to this day. From the mystical Nazca Lines etched into the desert floor to the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley, every step you take will lead you to a new and unforgettable adventure.

Explore the vibrant colonial city of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and lose yourself in its charming cobblestone streets, bustling markets, and magnificent cathedrals. Uncover the mysteries of the Sacred Valley as you visit ancient archaeological sites and witness the fascinating customs of the local communities. 

So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Peru's treasures await, and they are waiting to be discovered by you.
Peruvian Woman weaving textiles

Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a true gem of Peru, offering a captivating blend of natural beauty and ancient history. As you travel through this picturesque region, you will be greeted by towering mountains, lush green valleys, and quaint villages that seem frozen in time. Start your adventure in the town of Pisac, known for its vibrant market where you can find an array of traditional crafts and textiles. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the impressive Inca ruins that overlook the town, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the valley. Continue your journey to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, a magnificent fortress that showcases the skill and ingenuity of the Inca civilization. Marvel at the intricately carved stone walls and terraces that have stood the test of time. 

End your exploration of the Sacred Valley with a visit to the charming village of Chinchero, known for its traditional weaving techniques and colorful textiles. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you learn about the ancient weaving traditions passed down through generations. The Sacred Valley is a truly magical place that will leave you in awe of the ancient Inca civilization and the beauty of the Andean landscape.

Unveiling the mysteries of the Nazca Lines

Located in the arid Peruvian desert, the Nazca Lines are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that continues to baffle archaeologists and visitors alike. These ancient geoglyphs, etched into the desert floor, depict various animals, plants, and geometric shapes, some of which are over 1,500 years old. The sheer size and precision of these drawings are truly remarkable, as some of the figures can only be seen from the air. Take a thrilling flight over the Nazca Lines and witness these enigmatic designs up close. Marvel at the Spider, the Hummingbird, and the Monkey, among many others, and ponder the purpose and meaning behind these mysterious creations. While the true purpose of the Nazca Lines remains a mystery, exploring this ancient site is an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the ingenuity and artistic abilities of the ancient Nazca people.

Journeying through the stunning Colca Canyon

Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Located in the southern region of Peru, this natural wonder offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains, terraced fields, and traditional Andean villages. Embark on a trek along the canyon and witness the majestic flight of the Andean condor, one of the largest flying birds in the world. As you hike through the rugged terrain, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas and encounters with local communities who have inhabited this remote region for centuries. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Colca Valley as you visit traditional villages and witness age-old customs and traditions. Whether you choose to embark on a challenging trek or simply enjoy the breathtaking views, Colca Canyon is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Immersing in the cultural richness of Arequipa

Known as the “White City” due to its beautiful colonial buildings made of white volcanic stone, Arequipa is a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore the historic center and marvel at the stunning Santa Catalina Monastery, a colorful complex that was once a cloistered community for nuns. Lose yourself in the narrow streets and charming plazas as you soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the local delicacies, such as rocoto relleno (stuffed spicy pepper) and the famous Peruvian ceviche, in one of the many traditional restaurants that line the streets. 

For those seeking adventure, venture into the nearby Colca Valley and witness the majestic flight of the Andean condor as it soars above the breathtaking Colca Canyon. Arequipa is a city that will captivate your senses and leave you with a deep appreciation for Peru’s rich cultural heritage.

Arequipa, Peru
Arequipa, Peru Photo by Private Machu Picchu

Experiencing the mystical beauty of Lake Titicaca

Located at an altitude of over 3,800 meters (12,500 feet), Lake Titicaca is not only the highest navigable lake in the world but also a place of great cultural significance. According to Inca mythology, it is believed to be the birthplace of the sun and the moon. Explore the mythical islands of Lake Titicaca and learn about the unique way of life of the indigenous communities that call these islands home. Visit the Uros Floating Islands, man-made islands constructed from totora reeds, and witness the traditional way of life of the Uros people. Continue your journey to Taquile Island, known for its intricate textile craftsmanship and its commitment to preserving ancient traditions. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you interact with the friendly islanders and learn about their customs and beliefs. A visit to Lake Titicaca is a spiritual and cultural experience that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the traditions and resilience of the Andean people.

Sampling Peru's diverse and delicious cuisine

Peru’s culinary scene has gained international acclaim in recent years, and for good reason. The country’s diverse geography and rich cultural heritage have given rise to a culinary tradition that is as varied as it is delicious. From the fresh ceviche made with marinated fish and tangy lime juice to the hearty and flavorful Lomo Saltado, a stir-fry dish that combines tender beef, onions, tomatoes, and French fries, every bite is a symphony of flavors and textures. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the traditional Peruvian dish of Cuy, or guinea pig, a delicacy that dates back to Inca times. Wash it all down with a refreshing Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail, made with Pisco, lime juice, sugar, and egg whites. Whether you’re a foodie or simply enjoy trying new flavors, sampling Peru’s diverse cuisine is a must-do when visiting this enchanting country

Peru Food Lomo Saltado
Peru Food: Lomo Saltado Source: eatperu.com/traditional-peru-food/
Jose Luis Lagunas - Respected Peruvian Guide - Owner of Private Machu Picchu
Jose Luis Lagunas - Respected Peruvian Guide - Owner of Private Machu Picchu

Planning your trip to Peru's treasures beyond Machu Picchu

As you plan your journey to Peru’s treasures beyond Machu Picchu, it’s important to consider a few key factors. Start by determining the best time to visit, taking into account the weather and any seasonal events or festivals you may want to experience. Research the various regions and attractions you wish to visit and create an itinerary that allows for a well-rounded exploration of the country. We have several knowledgeable guides who can provide insights into the history and culture of the places you visit. Pack appropriate clothing and gear for the different environments you will encounter, from the high altitude of the Andes to the hot and humid climate of the Amazon rainforest.

Lastly, make sure to obtain the necessary travel documents and vaccinations before embarking on your adventure. With careful planning and preparation, your journey to Peru’s treasures beyond Machu Picchu is sure to be an unforgettable experience.


Peru is a country that captivates the imagination and leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. Beyond the iconic Machu Picchu, Peru’s treasures await, ready to be discovered by intrepid travelers seeking adventure, culture, and natural beauty. From the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Sacred Valley to the enigmatic Nazca Lines, from the vibrant Amazon rainforest to the mystical beauty of Lake Titicaca, Peru offers a wealth of experiences that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of this enchanting country, sample its diverse and delicious cuisine, and embark on unforgettable adventures that will ignite your spirit of exploration. So pack your bags and get ready to uncover Peru’s treasures beyond Machu Picchu. Your journey of a lifetime awaits.