January 23, 2019

3 Peruvian Vacation Ideas for Offbeat Travelers

While most travelers visit Peru to see the magnificent historical ruins of Machu Picchu, adventure lovers and thrill seekers prefer exploring the less touristy side of this beautiful Latin American country that offers an incredible variety of landscapes, from arid deserts and sunlit beaches to lush forests and picturesque mountain trails.If you’re planning a trip to Peru but want to do something beyond the usual touristy stuff, here are three unusual ideas you’ll find useful.

Stay inside the Amazon rainforest
The mysterious Amazon jungle is spread across nine South American countries, but Peru is where it’s at its magnificent best. In fact, the mighty jungle covers 60% of Peruvian land. Most visitors wanting to explore the Amazon arrive by air into Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos, from where they can take a boat ride or a luxury cruise deep into the forest.

Book accommodation at a jungle lodge for an authentic Amazon experience, but if you don’t want to stay the night, take a river tour to witness the lush forest from a distance. Do visit the Manu National Park in the southern Amazon if you can, a protected area that’s home to over a thousand bird species and numerous mammal species.

Explore the Andes on a motorcycle
Any new culture is best explored by road, as it allows you the freedom and flexibility to travel at your own pace. If you know how to ride a motorbike and have some experience of riding long distance, taking a motorbike road trip across the Peruvian Andes is one of the most adventurous things you can do while in Peru.

For an exciting vacation off the beaten track, explore Peru’s varied landscapes on a fixed-departure motorcycle trip with Motorcycle Tours Peru, designed for riders who love riding the enviable Harley Davidson on challenging terrains. May to September is the best time to tour the Andean highlands on a motorbike.

The best thing about booking a motorcycle road trip with a specialist travel company is that you won’t need to worry about the logistics, the route or other essentials, as you’ll have experienced local guides and trip leaders taking care of everything.

Go surfing in Mancora
The Peruvian coastline is thronged by surfers from across the world. While there are several beach towns that provide a perfect getaway for surfers on a vacation, the coastal town of Mancora is where you want to be.

Located on the Pacific coast, this sunny town once used to be a quiet fishing village, until it was discovered by local and international surfers as the perfect spot away from the crazy crowds that throng Macchu Picchu.

One of the best things about Mancora is its sunlit skies, which offer a respite from the country’s otherwise cloudy coastline, and it's all-year pleasant weather. Surfers love Mancora as much for its perfect waves and warm water as for its happening nightlife.

If you’re not a surfing enthusiast, spend your day kitesurfing, swimming with turtles, riding jet skis or rafts, or taking a mud bath.

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