It seems everyone has heard of Machu Pichu these days and its definitely a destination worth visiting on a trip to Peru. August is a great time of year to visit too with cooler temperatures and a thriving tourism industry ready to serve you when you arrive in this exciting and colourful country. But there’s a lot more to Peru than just the obvious boxes to tick. Here’s our guide to a few lesser known sights that are well worth a look.
Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca
If trekking is your thing then the city of Huaraz is the place you’ll want to visit. Situated in the Cordillera Blanca where you’ll find more than 70% of all the mountains over 6,000m (19,500Ft.) above sea level in Peru. Needless to say the views here are spectacular and well worth the 8 hour journey north from Lima. Hikes here range from 4 to 15 days and you’re likely to see some of the most truly breathtaking scenery not just in Peru but in the entire South American continent.
The City of Ayacucho
Situated in the Southern Highlands, the city of Ayacucho can easily rival Cusco for ancient history. Unfortunately this was once the base of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) terrorist group in the 1980s and lost all of its tourist trade. It has since recovered and is well worth a visit. At 2,740m (8,900Ft.) above sea level its climate is a little warmer the Cusco and with higher minimum temperatures too. In August you can expect highs of around 25C (77F). Ayacucho has an abundance of churches worth checking out, 33 in all and the city also has an interesting post-colonial history. It was here that Peru finally gained independence from the Spanish in 1821. The Battle of Ayacucho was a defining moment in the history of Peru and well worth exploring while you’re there. You’ll also find a number of Inca Empire ruins outside the city and even some pre-Inca sites well worth checking out.
Oxapampa, Pozuzo Valley
While this fairly modern city may seem an unusual addition to the lesser known sights of Peru there is one good reason to visit. Unlike the spanish colonial influences of all the other cities in peru, Oxapampa is decidedly German looking. You’ll find a number of typically Tirolese styled houses in the city and a wealth of German styles and traditions embedded in the local culture. in 1857 over 10,000 settlers from Germany moved to Peru in search of a better life. Deep in the Peruvian jungle they found the perfect place to settle, with rich fertile soil and the perfect climate of the Pozuzo Valley. A home from home Oxapampa has kept much of its early German influences and is a surreal sight in a country that acknowledges its Spanish history but celebrates it’s ancient Inca culture.
The best of Peru
Peru Tourism are keen to show off the best of Peru and give you a taste of what you can expect from this historic and enchanting country. Marca Peru celebrates both the past and present of Peru. Take a look.