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One of the most popular countries in South America, Peru is home to the magnificent wonder called the Machu Picchu. Peru is geographically very rich. Right from rain forest and ancient citadels, to beaches and gorgeous mountains, Peru is every traveler’s paradise. Use this itinerary planner to make sure your travel plan is absolutely error-free.
Today we have listed some of the best weekend getaway from Lima and Cusco that would only add value to your Peru vacation.
Weekend getaway from Lima
1. Ica and Huacachina:
Located at about 4 hours drive from the capital of Lima, Ica and Huacachina is a desert oasis with many activities for the entire family to enjoy. You can go wine tasting, slide up and down the sand dunes, and yes, do not forget to watch the sun set over the dunes!
2. Nazca Lines:
Best seen from high above, these mysterious lines that form a shape of a monkey, birds, dogs, and supernatural beings are more than 1000 years old.
3. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
How can your trip to Peru be complete without visiting Machu Picchu? While most people reach this site by train, we say, why not hike? Taking 4 days to complete, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best hikes in the world. Plan your vacation to Peru this holiday season and do not miss out on this amazing adventure.
4. Palomino Islands:
Pic by Callie Reed
The Palomino Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean and are home to thousands of super friendly sea lions that live in this island. Visitors can get a chance to swim with these sea lions. Also seen here are the Humboldt penguins and many other sea birds.
Weekend getaway from Cusco
For fans of Inca stonemasonry, a visit to Tipon is a must. The temple structures here include many baths, irrigation canals, aqueducts, and many more that speak of the modern engineering techniques used by the people of Peru.
Pic by Ricardo Sánchez
The otherwise quiet mountain village of Paucartambo turns into one party destination during the annual mid-July Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen. This pretty little town, with its cobblestone streets and white colonial structures is the best way to soak in the bucolic Peru.
7. Pikillacta & Rumicolca
Pic by Renate Zindel
One of the most important pre-Inca sites near Cusco, Pikillacta was a huge ceremonial centre. This two-story building is still in good shape with many small idols that are still intact. Rumicolca is gateway to the Valle Sagrado and another site featuring Inca architecture.