Peru is a magical and unbelievably interesting vacation destination and for many people one of the most diverse countries they have ever visited. Peru’s large desert coastline, the central Andes running through the country and the vast region of the Amazon rain and cloud forests all represent different destinations, climates and cultures.
The highlight for many people in their Peru vacation package is without a doubt Machu Picchu. Together with Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu is the attraction that is at the top of peoples lists when they come for a vacation to Peru. Nevertheless as a trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu takes about 3-4 days, the questions arises, what other destinations may be possible when looking for a 10 day Peru vacation package?
This is where a lot of people get stuck in their holiday planning; Peru being such a vast country with such a diverse culture and having such a wide variety of destinations and attractions that it is not easy for first time visitors to have a clear idea of what to do in a 10 day Peru vacation package.
As most visitors arrive in Lima and after Lima travel south to see Machu Picchu, the most logical destinations for a 10 day Peru vacation package are also located in the South. The top destinations in south Peru are Nazca with the famous Nazca Lines, Arequipa – Peru’s second city nicknamed the “White City”, the Colca Canyon arguably one of the deepest canyons on the planet and home to the condor bird, Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world and of course the Rainforest with national parks such as Manu and Tambopata.
All of the former named places are easy to combine with a visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu and are only a few hours in bus or a short flight away. As it is not possible to see all these places in a 10 day Peru vacation package one will have to prioritize in order to decide on a final itinerary.
The best way to make clear what are the priorities are for a 10 day Peru vacation package is to go over some variables. These are the budget for your vacation, general interests when travelling, the activities you would like to do, the climate and the time of year.
Budget; it is important to make clear for yourself what is the budget you would be willing to spend on a 10 day Peru vacation package. One can find 10 day Peru vacation packages starting from US$1,000 per person but this can also easily go up to several thousands of Dollars. This all depends on the level of hotel you would like, the type of excursions and of course the type of train you would like to take to Machu Picchu. On average one can count that a good quality 3* hotel costs around US$80 per night in Peru. 4* hotels can easily go up to US$150-200 per night meanwhile 5* hotels often charge around US$500 per night. Therefore it is important to have clear the level of hotel you would like to use as this is a big part of the package price.
General interests; as Cusco & Machu Picchu for most people are found quite high up on the list of things to see in Peru, it is obvious that Peru attracts a lot of people interested in history and ancient cultures. Nevertheless, Peru is much more than only the Incas. Peru is abundant with other ancient cultures and is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas – Caral. Apart from the historical sites of the country, Peru also holds some of the most spectacular landscapes you can imagine such as the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and of course the Amazon Rainforest. Finally there is of course the chance to see wildlife in Peru, more particular in the Rainforest. Therefore having clear what your priorities are for a 10 day Peru vacation package helps a lot in putting together the places you would like to discover.
Activities;Apart from the different places to visit, Peru also offers a ton of things to do. The country is renowned for its hiking possibilities, jungle excursions, bird watching tours, river rafting, mountaineering, biking, horse-riding, surfing, and sand boarding possibilities. These types of activities can be added to a 10 day Peru vacation package but as these are done in different regions it is important to have clear the activities of interest and then finding out how to add these to your itinerary.
Finally we have to think in the time of year and the climate that goes with that time of year. As Peru is mainly divided into two seasons; the dry and wet season it is important to keep this in mind. The wet season runs from December through March and is mainly felt in the highlands and the jungle. Visiting the coast during the wet season means you have the chance to enjoy the warm and dry summer months in this period. The dry season (April through November) is ideal to visit the highlands and the jungle region.
Once you have clear, the interests and the things you would like to get out of your 10 day Peru vacation package you can start planning on destinations, modes of transport and the time of year to visit.
If after reading this you would still have a daunting feeling in taking on the challenge of designing your Peru vacation package than do not hesitate to contact www.perutravelsonline.com and your personal travel consultant will help you design the perfect vacation to this amazing destination!!!
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