Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Americas > Peru
Reload this Page >

Peru without swarms of tourists

Peru without swarms of tourists

Old May 16, 13, 9:05 am
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 4
Peru without swarms of tourists

Iím looking for things to do in Peru other than Machu Picchu, I donít really want to visit the same tourist spots that everyone else visits, does anyone know of some interesting places to visit that arenít swamped with tourists?
roryschultze is offline  
Old May 16, 13, 9:11 am
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Atherton, CA
Programs: UA 1K, AA EXP; Owner, Green Bay Packers
Posts: 21,690
Lake Titicaca is a spectacular place to visit. You can get to Puno by train or plane. I recommend a visit to the island of Taquile in the lake, where you can arrange to stay in B&B sorts of arrangements if set up beforehand.


There are certainly tourists there, but it wasn't "crawling" with them.

There are other archeological sites nearby from pre-Incan civilizations as well which are interesting.

Peru also has areas of Amazon rainforest that you can visit as well.

Doc Savage is offline  
Old May 16, 13, 10:10 am
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 7
Hey Rory, I had a similar mentality when I went through Peru so I found a few places that aren’t as popular with tourists as Machu Picchu;

Kuelap fortress in Chachapoyas – This is a nice alternative to Machu Piccu, it’s located at the top of this moutain so the drive up there is quite spectacular in itself, but when you get there the history of the fortress itself is quite interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuelap

The Nazca lines – I found these to be really interesting, the plane flight to go check them out is great because you get to see the shear scale of these images, they still don’t understand fully what their purpose was which makes it all that more interesting to see. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_Lines

Iquitos – This city in the Peruvian Amazon is the largest city in the world that can’t be reached by car. There is a lot to see here, they have the Casa de Fierro which was built by Gustav Eiffel (the man who made the Eiffel tower), the floating markets are a really unique experience and the “butterfly farm” outside of town is actually an animal sanctuary where they have large cats and tapirs that you can see up close (we got to hold a baby Ocelot). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iquitos
nigelwclifford is offline  
Old May 16, 13, 2:29 pm
Community Director
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Anywhere warm
Posts: 29,564
Places with tourists are often because they are very interesting things to see. We stayed our trip in Peru by flying into Arequipa. From there, we took a trip to Colca Canyon to see condors fly. You'll choose a property near to Colca Canyon. Then we went on to Puno and Lake Titicaca. It's fascinating to go to the islands made of reeds. Some stay overnight on an island. We were perfectly happy to only have a one hour stop of so. Puno had a range of restaurants and hotels.

From there, we took the train to Cusco and did the regular tourist bit. We flew onto Lima and did some sightseeing there. We were supposed to go to the Nasca Lines, but work caused us to cut our trip short.

This is an old but excellent trip report where the author visited more of Peru than we did.

SanDiego1K is offline  
Old May 16, 13, 10:30 pm
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 4
Thanks for all the advice guys!
roryschultze is offline  
Old May 19, 13, 8:44 pm
Ambassador: Peru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: LIM Peru
Programs: LanPass Premium, AA (former gold), MileagePlus Silver
Posts: 712
Machu Picchu is and always will be crowded. But yes, there are LOT of places to visit in Peru, beyond Machu Picchu and Nazca lines.

Check this website and you will find good alternatives, for any interest (culture, adventure, etc.).

Peru this week Travel
Villavic is offline  
Old May 20, 13, 2:50 am
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 11
I have to agree, villages around Arequipa and the Canon del Colca are really nice. If you like to walk, there are great trips to do from Chivay to Coporaque to Ichupampa and Lari. These are tiny villages, with one church and plaza that's it, but there are out of the beaten path and people are generally very nice. It's the ultimate bacjpacker way to make Colca pictures and so on
aircrewworld is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread