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10 weeks in this wonderful country was somehow still not enough. In fact, most of that time was spent in the southern half of the country: Ica, Cusco, Arequipa, etc. And while I absolutely loved that area of Peru - and had quite a few memorable adventures - I definitely feel like a second trip is in order.

In my opinion, the trick to seeing, really seeing, Peru is to completely get off the beaten path and explore the country's wide array of hidden gems, including small towns on the edge of the jungle, high mountain passes with wild horses, and rich green coffee plantations. Explore some of these amazing adventures in my below Peru travel guides.

best time to visit

It is driest/sunniest from May-October, so if you are looking to do some trekking (including to Machu Picchu) you will want to visit then.

top adventures

The Inca or Salkantay Trails to Machu Picchu, trekking near Huaraz and visiting Colca Canyon.

number of national parks


time needed to explore

3 - 4 weeks, especially if you are planning to do more than one big hike.

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