Depending on how you choose to travel around Peru, you may find yourself at cities all over the country, ones you never expected to visit. You have Cusco and Lima, often staples of all Peru trips (although, Lima isn’t necessary in my opinion), but you also have Aguas Caliente, where many begin treks from, Arequipa, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and Chivay, nestled away deep in the Andes.
Welcome to the Colca Valley! Located deep in the Andes, 100 miles northwest of Arequipa is Peru’s third biggest tourist attraction and the biggest canyon in the world. Many choose to head to Colca for a 3-day long hike, others, such as myself, visit the canyon for just a day. And it’s a must see. Colca is for sure one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Chances are, no matter the tour you’re on, you’ll be visiting the plains between Arequipa and Colca prior to getting to the Canyon itself. And they’re bloody lush. Take your time to stop at designated viewpoints and enjoy the sight of the pre-Incan stepped terraces (andenes) cared for by the Collagua and Cabana culture.
Welcome to Arequipa, ‘the white city’ and Peru’s second largest, located far in the south of the country.
This lush city is known for it’s distinctively coloured architecture, mountanous views and for giving tourists their first bout of altitude sickness. But, hopefully not too bad, as the city sits 2,335 metres above sea level, making it a great place to acclimatise before heading to Colca Canyon and Cusco.
Liverpool is my home city, and it’s one of the greatest cities on the planet if I do say so myself! Liverpool has a HUGE amount to offer, so I’m here to list off a few amazing places that you can head to, that are just a little bit off the beaten path! I’ve got you covered for cafes, bars and record stores! I know this city like the back of my hand, and I’m excited to share some of my favourite, hidden gems.
The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. If you want to tick all of these places off, I recommend you spend a few days in Liverpool as there’s just so much to see and do. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hotels.com can help you to find some hotels in Liverpool.
Let’s jump in!
Thoughtfully isn’t just the one cafe located on Cleveland Square, just outside of Liverpool one. Thoughtfully is a family owned collective that boasts an Agency and a coffee Kiosk too! They tie together perfect minimalist design, great food and even better coffee. The cafe is light and airy, with huge windows, comfy seats and an abundance of greenery.
You can pick up a tote created by their design agency too if you fancy!
The Nazca Desert. It’s a place I’d never heard of before heading to Nazca, most people know of it for the oasis town of Huacachina that’s become increasingly popular, and increasingly expensive. But that’s not all that sits in the Nazca Valley. If you read the last post, you’ll have learned all about my both fun and horrifying experience flying over the Nazca lines, if not, you can catch up here.
And whilst many leave Nazca after this, there’s a boatload of other things to be found in the area, like the ancient aqueducts and the lost ruins of Cahuachi.