Saturday, 2 February 2019

3 quaint places to explore in Peru

Hey Owlets,

Today I'm featuring a guest post featuring a place I've always wanted to visit. Enjoy!


Peru is the seat of legends, containing hundreds (if not thousands) of archaeological sites worth visiting. Your brain is probably screaming "Machu Picchu" and "the Incas" at the mention of archaeological sites. While legends and age-old civilisations define what Peru is to a huge extent, there are some quaint, less famous places that you still must visit when you go to Peru. Here are just three:

1. The Elqui Valley

Every couple of years, a total eclipse occurs. This awe-inspiring sight can only be fully appreciated by those watching in select places where the eclipse is fully visible. The Elqui Valley, in Northern Chile, is one of those few places.

Is there a better way to experience the July 2nd eclipse than at one of the world's best stargazing sites? Nothing beats this. While the full eclipse lasts for only two minutes, the moon's journey across the sun takes two hours. A Chilean eclipse adventure in the Elqui Valley is not to be missed.

2. The Sacred Valley

The journey 15km north of Cusco takes you on one of the world's most scenic journeys straight into one of Peru's hidden gems. The Sacred Valley is soaked in history, having been an important agricultural site used by the Inca people.

Apart from being a point where your body can adjust to the altitude before starting the climb into the mountains, the Sacred Valley also plays host to some quaint towns and astonishing ruins.

For a start, visiting the ancient Pisac Market and Inca ruins is a must during your visit to Peru. The Incan architecture of the Ollantaytambo ruins and town should also be at the top of your travelling list. If you want some more adventure after all this history, you should try white water rafting down the Urumbamba River. The valley is also one of the world's premier and most-cherished hang gliding sites if you are up for the challenge.



3. Lake Titicaca

If you think you've seen enough of lakes, you've definitely not experienced the world's highest navigable body of water. Merely getting to the shores of Lake Titicaca is a voyage in itself. 

The Andeans believe that the lake is the birthplace of the sun and the sight of the sun rising in the morning is truly one to behold. Besides savouring the lake’s scenic resplendence, you should also take a reed-boat ride from Puno (a small city on the lake’s shores) to the 'floating islands' and plenty of other places equally worth exploring.

Conclusion


These Peruvian sites are not just quaint, but also scenic and enthralling. Visiting them will give you a chance to reflect on one of the world's greatest ancient civilisations, and marvel at some of the greatest natural spectacles the world has to offer.


Love and Feathers, 
 The Owlet 💜 
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