South America Living

Traveling In Peru – Anything Is Possible

The Beach in Mancora, Peru

While some people decry globalization, it has not only made travel easier and more affordable, but it has also created more travel options. People are no longer as wary about traveling to places such as South America as they once were, and Peru has become a top destination on the itinerary.

In this postmillennial age, you can find a little bit of home even when you are staying in a remote, far-flung outpost in a very foreign (to you!) country. Some travellers want nothing more than to escape their native countries and immerse themselves in the unknown, others like to have a comfortable and familiar safety net.

If you are trekking through the Himalayas are you really going to be upset when you come across a village with an English pub serving frothy pints of Guinness or Samuel Smith?

Twenty years ago, many places around the world were still off limits. Today, you can find a tour that will take you anywhere, and Peru is one of the countries that have benefited from the globalization of travel.

Why Peru?

While Peru has always been a hotspot for aspiring archaeologists, cultural historians and armchair history buffs, today it attracts die-hard foodies, eco-tourists and all types of modern adventurers. Peru has the fastest growing tourist industry in South America, and as an eco-destination, it is second only to Costa Rica. Has Peru finally been discovered, or are people simply more willing to holiday off the beaten path?

It is not just eco-tourism that attracts people to this verdant country in western South America. It is also the pristine beaches! With roughly 2400 km of stunning coastline there are plenty of idyllic luxury resorts.

Beautiful beaches like Mancora and Punta Sal in Northern Peru near the border with Ecuador, rival any sugary-white swath of sand you can find in Jamaica – and they are far less crowded and built up too!

For the Armchair History Buffs

While Peru offers many types of holidays, the archaeological sites and Incan ruins are still the number one tourist attraction in the country. From the ancient city of Cusco to Machu Picchu, the famous stone citadel in the Andes, people come here from all over to get a first-hand glimpse of Pre-Columbian history.

Peru gives the armchair history buff a chance to get off the armchair, grab a map, put on a pair of khakis and a safari hat and enter the jungle. However, globalization has made that jungle a little safer than it was in the old days.

Photograph by Theadore Scott of Houston, USA.

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