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Gap year in Peru

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THINGS TO DO

To start your Peru bucket list; “must sees” include the ancient city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, the ‘white city’ of Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, the sand dunes of Huacachina and the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the north.

The Sacred Valley
Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and step back in time whilst discovering the ancient ruins and traditional markets. Try the traditional corn drink ‘Chicha’ and perhaps if you’re brave enough ‘Cuy’ (guinea pig)! Pisac’s Sunday market is full of beautiful hand woven fabrics as well as Alpaca clothing. 

Machu Picchu
The lost city of the Incas discovered in 1911 features on many peoples bucket lists and it is easy to see why. One of the best ways to reach it is to follow in the footsteps of the Incas and hike the famous Inca Trail. Many other fantastic treks now also reach the ancient city including the very popular 'Salkantay Trek'. The first view of Machu Picchu is one that takes your breath away and one that will you remember forever. A sense of achievement and awe await you when you reach the hidden city of the Incas. 

Lake Titicaca
At an elevation of 3,812m (12,503ft), Lake Titicaca is the highest lake of its size in the world and it is South America’s second largest. There are numerous islands dotted across the lake and the inhabitants still follow the traditional island way of life. A visit to the floating Uros islands is a must. The Uros people build islands from the reeds that grow in the lake. The oldest island is over 160 years old!

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
Surrounded by the snow-capped Misti volcano, Arequipa is built almost entirely from white volcanic rock. La cuidad blanca (the white city), like Cusco, is a UNESCO World heritage site and it is one of Peru’s finest examples of a colonial city. A short drive out of the city brings visitors to the famous Colca Canyon where the national bird of Peru, the Andean condor, soars high above the valley floor.

Plaza de Armas
Sit on the cathedral steps and watch people go about their lives in Cusco’s main square. Explore the beautiful Cathedral, built upon an Inca palace, and take part in the many parades around the square. 

San Blas District
The district of San Blas also known as the craftsmen’s district of Cusco is a network of narrow streets which are home to the work–shops and market stalls of Cusqueñan artists. 

Sacsayhuamán
Looking over the city of the Cusco is the impressive military fortress of Sacsayhuamán, made of enormous stones that measure 5m in height and weigh 350 tonnes! When designing the city of Cusco the Incas imagined it to be the shape of a puma, Sacsayhuamán representing the head and its walls as the beast’s teeth. Cusco itself is the body of the animal. 


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