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Peru’s Weather Diversity Treasure: Where Should I Go? What Should I Do?

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mancora1Besides Peru’s cuisine, one of the questions I often get from foreigners is where to go on their next visit to Peru. And the answer has much to do with the weather. My first reaction is “my question to you is, what do you like to do?”

Peru’s topography and weather is one of the richest in the world. In just one country, you can find the eight different types of weather (ordered from coast to the jungle): Costa (also called Chala), Yunga, Quechua, Suni, Puna (also called Jalca), Janca (also called Cordillera), Selva Alta (also called Rupa Rupa), Selva Baja (also called Omagua). Thus you can easily accomodate your favorite thing to do with recommended destinations for your next trip.

Surfing, parachuting, tennis, golf and fishing in the Costa (the capital city Lima or Piura, for example); hiking, rock climbing or kayaking in the Yunga; snowboarding in the Quechua; mountain climbing or skiing in the Suni and Puna, trekking in the Janca (includes the highest mountains and sites like Macchu Pichu); hunting or canoeing in the Selva Alta (this is the East side of the mountain skirts), and also canoeing, hunting, trekking, or site seeing in the Selva Baja (includes the Amazon jungle).

Although Macchu Pichu has become largely known following its designation as a New Wonder of the World, it is certainly not the only place to go if you want to make the best out of your trip to Peru. In fact, there are many places where you can go for cheaper rates than Cuzco (the department where Macchu Pichu is located). For instance (and these places are just a few hours on plane from the Lima International Airport):

  • Piura has amazing seafood and wonderful beaches – try Mancora, my fave!
  • Arequipa has very nice views and great food
  • Ayacucho is close to Cuzco (Macchu Pichu) with beautiful churches — if you are religious or a Catholic, this is a must.
  • Ica is the capital of the famous pisco where you can go to the town under the same name.
  • Ucayali has beautiful conservation areas for the adventurer
  • And many more!

In future posts, I will talk in depth on each of these departments for you to learn more about them, or if you rather stay in one more department and get the best out of it.

In the meantime, check out this site I found that has great photos on a mountain climbing and biking adventure in Peru by folks from Gettysburg, PA.

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Written by Catherine Castro

December 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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