Famously known as the Land of the Incas, Peru is an incredible destination. With geographical stunners such as Machu Picchu, and archaelogical gems such as Pachacamac, Peru is best for the travelers that want to get in touch with their adventurous side.
Visit the Little Galapagos of Palomino Island
Off the coast of Lima, to the left of Isla San Lorenzo is a tiny island called Palomino Island. Set off sail towards the islands where sea lions rule. As the island comes into focus on your arrival, you will see exactly what this means. You are able to swim and snorkel with the sea lions but so long as you do not touch the animals, this keeps this activity eco-friendly. You will also see penguin colonies on Isla San Lorenzo on the return boat back.
Catch some gnarly waves
The area is full of quality point breaks and quality surf spots for experienced surfers. Beginners or newbie surfers can also join in the fun with the plenty of surf schools scattered around the area. Some surf spots:
Villa – reef break
Playa Waikiki – beach break
Punta Rocas – reef break
Cerro Azul – point break
San Bartolo – beach break
An under-rated archaeological site including a museum showcasing the history of the site. It is older than Machu Picchu and boasts a fantastic ocean view. 40 km southeast of Lima, Peru, Pachacamac is great for those archaeological and ancient history nerds. This amazing site is said to have been first settled around 200 A.D., and named after the “Earth Maker” creator Pacha Kamaq. Most of the structures have been standing since before the Incas came and conquered. When you go, make sure you see the Temple of the Sun. Some archaeologists speculate that some human sacrifices occurred there!
The Catacombs of San Francisco de Lima
These catacombs are considered to be the second biggest burial site after Paris. Designed to avoid the spread of diseases from the decomposing bodies, the catacombs are an endless maze of bones. Not into human bones?The church itself is worth visiting beautifully decorated in rococo style and detailed wood and gold leaf.
There are some really, really fantastic museums in Peru. Most notably the Museo Larco in Lima holds the largest and most important collection of ancient Peru. It is one of the most celebrated attractions in the country. Additionally, the Museo de Arte de Lima is amazing as well, showcasing ancient artworks including pre-Colombian art all the way to avant-garde modern works.