Ceviche is what you stay for while in the capital - Lima.
Hands down, Punto Azul is the place to be. There may be a waiting list but it will definitely be worth the wait, but don't just take my word for it, give it a try!
Other locations worth checking out:
... and do not miss out on trying their Pisco sour:
¡Hola! ... y en Aymara:
El patrimonio histórico precolombino del Perú es inmenso. Aquí me encuentro con una mujer en su traje típico y su llama en el parque arqueológico de Sacsayhuamán. La traducción a este nombre en quechua sería el de halcón satisfecho.
Aquí les presento una galería de fotos de Go2Peru.com sobre este parque arqueológico: Pincha aquí.
Located in the arid but coastal area of southern Perú, you will find the famous Nazca Lines.
These set of lines and geoglyphs were made by the Nasca tribe between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500. They are still amongst humankind's greatest enigmas.
You can take an overnight bus from the capital city Lima and reach early in the morning in the town of Nazca where you can ask a taxi to take you straight to the airport where you can schedule a 45 min. flight over this impressive site.
Beware: Once you arrive in town from your overnight bus ride, you will have to politely brush off the touts that will approach you as you get off the bus.
Machu Picchu (Updated March 2019)
My friend and I started our journey via train quite early in the morning (6 a.m.) on an almost 3 hrs. trip to the small town of Aguas Calientes. I do have to admit that the journey itself is awe-inspiring as you go through a valley surrounded by tall, impressive in magnitude, rolling hills.
On the train you receive complimentary coffee or tea, juice or water, and a biscuit ... so sit back, enjoy the views and take a well-deserved nap after waking up so early to catch the train!
Once you reach Aguas Calientes, you'll make your way through the local market and then cross a small bridge over to the town where most likely your tour guide will be waiting for you to get your passports in order to retrieve your timed tickets to enter Machu Picchu.
Once at the town plaza, you'll be greeted by this statue:
With so many monuments and ruins to visit, Machu Picchu is indeed part of the crown jewels of Perú.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is also referred to as the Lost city of the Incas and a visit to this site is a must in your trip through the Andes.
This lost city can be reached by either getting there by doing a 3 days hike through the Inca Trail or simply take the train to Aguas Calientes, stroll through the market and then take a bus that will zig zag you straight to the entrance to the park. I took the latter!
Do remember to keep your passport handy, as at the exit (lower level) to the park, you can get it stamped with the Machu Picchu logo - a free souvenir stamp for your passport!
Once inside ... be prepared to take in ALL of this breath-taking scenery, literally! ... and plan to also take time to visit Huayna Picchu and the Inca bridge.
For more info and to explore more about this site go here.
... and if you're hungry!
Please note that although the eating options vary in the small town of Aguas Calientes, they can be quite limited but don't miss out on:
... and if cuy is your thing ... here you go!
An interesting (read gamy) meal after a day hike through Machu Picchu is the infamous cuy better known to us as a guinea pig.
As seen on this photo, many households (even the Uros) raise guinea pigs ... just to find them later at local restaurants baked or barbecued on a spit and served whole (as below) with potatoes. There is definitely not that much meat on it but it is definitely a meal worth trying out.
Ate cuy, checked!
Another option for lean meat is alpaca. You can eat it in so many different ways: Roasted, au gratin, fried and so on. The healthiest choice out there!
These are 10 other choices by National Geographic!
As you head south toward Bolivia and at an altitude of 3,822 m. by the shores of Lake Titicaca and the Peruvian Altiplano, you will come across the port city of Puno best known by the floating islands of the Uros.
While in Puno, you will see that both the Aymara and Quechua cultures blend in well with the rest of modern society; and that this is notably recognizable by coming across women wearing their traditional clothing everywhere.
Once you have acclimatized, put on some sunscreen and head to the port to take a boat tour to the floating villages/islands of the Uros. These floating islands on Lake Titicaca became the permanent home of the Uros as they tried to escape from hostile attacks from neighboring enemy tribe and even during the time of the Incas.
Over 60 floating villages/islands (ranging in different sizes) have been built by using reeds (a strong aquatic plant) which in the Quechua language is called ‘Totora’. These temporary islands float atop the water surface and are anchored to the lakebed. It's interesting to note that new layers of reed need to be laid every 2 weeks to maintain the islands floating and resistant to the tides which at times washes over their houses.
Go on a boat ride!
Once on the floating islands, you are able to make proper arrangements to pay the local captain to be taken on a boat ride around the islands on a boat also made of totora. Enjoy the island hopping experience!
It is also worth noting that nowadays you can also make arrangements to:
While on the lake, head out to Isla Taquile
Once your tour ends at the floating islands, your next destination is this island which is almost 2 hrs away, each way.
Tourism here is tightly controlled by the committee of elders as to maintain it's true identity and culture. Once in the town, you can find several shops with handicrafts, cafes and textile shops for great souvenirs.
As you make your way through the island on foot walking on some really steep staircases, make sure you make your way to the highest point (el mirador) on the island as to be witness to some great views of the lake and over the town itself.
It is said that at the top, there is a temple in which sacrifices are made to Pachamama. I did't find it but if you do please share your comments and thoughts!
N.B. You will walk from one side of the island to the other as the boat will drop you off on one side and will be waiting for you on the there side, so as to give you ample time to peruse and walk through this island.