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Already a week went by since we last wrote to you guys! I can sense the you were incredibly enthusiastic about Peru from your comments…it is amazing to see that!
As you have been really good waiting from part 2, with no further delay, let me take you to the discovery of the rest of the country!
With no doubt, Huacachina should be part of your travel bucket! This desert oasis and tiny village just west of the city of Ica in southwestern Peru has at its center are the green waters of the Huacachina Lagoon, ringed by palm trees and thought to have therapeutic properties. Back in the days, it used to be a place only for rich local people but nowadays, it is one of the best tourist attraction.
The lagoon’s shores are dotted with bars and clubs. Dune buggies run across the high, rolling sand dunes surrounding the village. Whether you like the tranquility of the desert or the extreme sport, you won’t be disappointed.
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it’s filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying religious objects and artwork.
Moreover, not far away from the city, you will be able to enjoy the salt mines! Spectacular…
This article could not be complete without an excursion on the Lake Titicaca! Straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. Around it is Titicaca National Reserve, sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs.
It is a vital water source for the locals, as they have developed fishing, crafts and boat tour activities around the lake.
Personally, from all the amazing places I visited, this side of Peru is by far one of my favorite thanks to this breathtaking nature. Puerto Maldonado is the capital city of the Madre de Dios region located in southeast Peru. It is really easy to get to there from Cuzco by flying with Star Peru airline.
Once I landed in the airport of Maldonaldo, I could feel the humidity in the air. A busy ferry dock sits on the edge of the Madres de Dios river, close to the Plaza de Armas.
Tambopata National Reserve
Near the city of Puerto Maldonaldo, I stayed in the Corto Maltes Amazonia, this eco-lodge was all I could ask for! By the river, we had to cruise on the river Madre de Dios. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot some animals such as crocodiles! Be careful these waters are full of piranhas!
While staying in Corto Maltes Amazonia, I had the opportunity to go on the deep amazon jungle and witness the beautiful rainforest, and then cruising on the lake Sandoval.
Cherry on the cake, you will also have the opportunity to meet the “ESE-EJA” indigene tribe. Sharing their customs and way of life, It was an intense moment that will definitely make you humble and open your heart.
Honestly speaking, Peru has been a great experience and definitely worth to travel to no matter where you are based in the globe. Its people, the culture and the amazing landscape will melt your heart.
I hope that you enjoyed the second part of this article as much as you had for the first one!
For those who are thinking to visit or have already been, leave us a comment to let us know which place you like the most!
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