When people think of Peru, there tend to be six things that come to mind – the three cities of Cusco, Arequipa and Lima alongside the three stunning attractions of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Nazca Lines. When it comes to must-see destinations these are right up there – but, there is more to the South American country. Keep reading to have a look at some of the lesser-visited places that can help you see the “real” Peru.
Tingo Maria – This is a hugely popular destinations for the residents of Lima who head here to enjoy the delightful tropical climate, but it is still yet to be a tourist hot spot.
This warm town lies in the alta selva which means that although its back is firmly pressed against the Andes Mountains, the valley has the unmistakable climate of the tropical rainforest, making it a unique spot. This is a relaxing spot for a tourist because of the fact that it is located centrally and you can easily get to the natural wonders around the area by using bicycles, bus or even on foot.
Not to miss are the waterfalls such as Santa Carmen which is in the National Park of Tingo Maria and is a great spot to swim in the falls or join locals in a Sunday picnic on the rocks.
Several caves are also popular spots such as the Owl Cave which is ironically filled with oilbirds. Another favorite spot is the Laguna el Milagro which is located to the north of town and is a peaceful lagoon in the high jungle where you can spend an afternoon rowing a canoe and swimming in the calm, blue water.
There is a hugely relaxed atmosphere created by the fact that the calm town is based next …Read More