Most travels want to bypass Lima, but if time allows, it’s worth spending a day to explore Peru’s capital. There are some interesting museums, lovely architecture and some of the best cuisine in the country. Lima was recently voted one of the top culinary destinations in the world. For museum and history lovers, I recommend a visit to the Larco museum, they have a wonderful collection of pre-columbian art and a great restaurant. It’s also open late, so a good option for layovers.
For travelers looking to get off the beaten path, Huaraz is a wonderful option to consider. Northeast of Lima, Huaraz is a great destination for outdoor adventurers, with fabulous hiking trails and mountain biking. You can visit the stunning glaciers and mountains of the Cordillera Blanca and Huascarán National Park. You’ll be busy during the day exploring the area, but be sure to make time to stop into the California Cafe or Cafe Andino for some fresh meals and cozy atmosphere.
The Peruvian Amazon is abundant in flora and fauna and distinct from the Andean Region and coast. I recommend programs of 4-5 days to enjoy the various excursions available and make the most of your time in the jungle.
Support sustainable tourism. All trash, including plastic water bottles, has to be shipped from Machu Picchu to Cusco via train. Help reduce waste by carrying a reusable water bottle.