Going To Machu Picchu This Fall? See The Rest Of Peru

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The high season for Machu Picchu is roughly June through September, as summer travelers use their vacation time to explore the ruins in the predictably good weather these months bring. In October the rainy season begins, not a great time to trek along narrow paths and camp outside. Oddly enough, I know several people who will going there in the next few weeks alone, so I thought it’d be a good chance to highlight this recent NZ Herald article exploring all the other things to do in Peru beside the well-trodden Machu Picchu route.

The article mentions Peru’s other famous man-made spectacle, the Nazca Lines, a series of massive pictures drawn into the ground (or geoglyphs for you Latin majors) a millennium-and-a-half ago, visible via short charter flights over the works. Also mentioned is Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city, a haven for visitors (third in the country behind Lima and Cuzco), and also well known for its colonial architecture; as well as Puno, a town on Lake Titicaca (because you know you want to tell everyone back home you went to Lake Titicaca) that is famous for its floating islands made from reeds.

Of course there’s plenty more to see, and do, and eat — maybe trade in the house back home for a nice reed gondola?

[image by k.attie.poirer/flickr]

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