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Whether you want to fill up every second of your travels with excitement or take a deep-dive into the cultural and natural wonders of the world, a trip to Peru is certain to satisfy. With an abundance of magnificent sites to explore, you will have endless opportunities to hike, trek, climb, swim, and dive as your Peruvian adventure unfolds.

Peru is an ideal locale for those who are fit and active. While there are many ways to accommodate those with varying levels of fitness and health, the best way to see Peru is often on foot. You can, for instance, take several days to hike the incredible Inca Trail. Because of the elevation, it is difficult for those who do not exercise regularly. If you do, though, you will see wonder after wonder along your path to Machu Picchu. Rivers, mountain passes, and cloud forests make the journey as satisfying as the destination.  For those who do not wish to hike, a train ride in is equally enticing and beautiful.

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The Amazon offers an experience that can be customized to any fitness level without diluting the excitement! Stroll or walk at your own pace as you explore the world under the canopy and the cacophony of macaws, squirrel monkeys, and other citizens of the rainforest. Depending on the season, you can boat, fish, swim, and even meet indigenous tribes, who live much as they have for centuries.

Adventure of a different sort waits in Peru’s cities. Cool Cusco will offer relief from rainforest heat and humidity and give the traveler insight into Peruvian culture. Charming cobblestone streets and boutique shops are ideal for souvenir shopping, but make sure to stop by the Pisaq India Market.

Here, you will find everything from rugs and shawls to jewelry and ceramics. While the market is held during the week, try to go on a Sunday. This is when the locals visit the Market, often in their Sunday best. After church, they head to Pisaq in colorful traditional dress, which is something to see in itself. And, of course, you can participate in another adventure: bartering for goods!

When in Lima, sample the world class cuisine, a fusion of Andean and Spanish flavors with influences from around the world. The food is as diverse as Peru’s terrain! Peru’s largest city, Lima is a cultural and historical hub, well worth exploring.

If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, look no further than Peru. From modern city life to ancient ruins, you will find excitement and wonder around every turn.

Enid Glasgow