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Most ‘Instagrammable’ Places in Peru

Pictures speak a thousand words, right? Did you even go on holiday if you can’t show it off to the world? With social media, everyone wants their friends and family to see the amazing sights too. Not to mention apps like Instagram have allowed us to create unique (and aesthetically pleasing) picture albums that we have access to at all times- especially if we need a warm and fuzzy trip down memory lane.

Peru is a country with extreme but stunning different climates and terrains. From glaciers and mountains, to the desert, canyons and the jungle. Throw in a Wonder of the World and you’ve got settings that can only take your breath away. However, Peru isn’t just grand with imposing peaks and ancient archeology. The influence of the Spanish has brought about some truly unique and colourful spots…well worth an Instagram post.

We have laid out the most ‘instagrammable’ places in Peru.

  1. Huacachina, Ica

Huacachina is a unique oasis, fenced by rolling dunes that sits towards the south of Peru. The epic sunsets are some of the most instagrammed as the sun bounces off the golden sand. Travellers can find excitement with activities such as sand boarding. You can film yourself as you are thrown around in a sand buggy. It makes for some of the best footage in Peru.

  1. Paracas

Paracas is home to magical red-sand beaches that sprawl to a breath-taking peninsula. UNESCO declared this area as a World Heritage site, proving that it is one of the most stunning and popular places to photograph. The beaches are unusual and sparse but make for unique backdrops. You even have a brilliant opportunity to photograph the wildlife at the Islas Ballestas that will leave your Instagram followers green with envy. Despite this peninsula being one of the most popular destinations in Peru, this spot offers a surprisingly wide variety of angles for distinct and diverse photographs.

Paracas peru

  1. Baranco, Lima

In the south of the city of Lima, you will find the incredibly colourful bohemian neighborhood of Barranco. Parts of Lima are known for their grey and tired looking buildings, that resemble any large city, but sandwiched between the business district and the modern sprawl of Miraflores, Barranco is a haven of tradition. The streets are alive with artists and boutiques, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. The murals and flamboyant buildings can be found in abundance- making for the best Instagram upload of the year. Who cares if it’s basic, it’s still iconic.

  1. Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Cusco is the ancient capital of Peru, and is home to some of the most stunning architecture in the whole country. The colonial buildings and streets make you feel like you are walking back in time. The romantic and impressive Plaza de Armas is the heartbeat of this city. This main square is shadowed by impressive cathedrals (that’s right cathedrals plural) and dreamy cafes that make for the perfect people watching spot. When it comes to Instagram, these imposing cathedrals make for the most impressive and dramatic backdrops.

most imstagrammable places in peru

Stunning cathedral in Cusco Main Square

  1. Machu Picchu

It would be unjust to talk about iconic photographs of Peru and not make a nod to Machu Picchu. Everyone who visits the ancient citadel follows it with an upload to social media. It has become the expected shot. The remarkable architecture and magnificent surrounding mountains have amazed photography lovers over the years. Sunset over the site has become one of the most popular snaps. Those who use Instagram as a sort artistic portfolio even dedicated the time to get some of the best time-lapse footage of the sunrise. With the unobstructed over this citadel, Machu Picchu is one of the most photography friendly locations in the world.

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Ancient Wonder of the World Machu Picchu

Stray Dogs of Cusco

One of the first things you will notice upon arriving in Cusco is the stray dogs of Cusco. The many many many dogs. The dogs that form a backdrop for the streets of Cusco appear completely independent of the people. They dash around busily, weaving in and out of traffic, roaming around the neighborhoods or seeking shelter in the markets. They get into fights. They socialise. They breed. Some have homes and are just out to wander, while others live full time in the streets. It can be hard to distinguish between them. This isn’t something that is just confined to Cusco, in fact it is a reality all over Peru. Some of the homeless dogs will go to different homes seeking food and water. Regrettably, every year many of these dogs are killed to keep overpopulation from developing in the city. Peru is a nation of animal lovers yet as of the moment there is no proper animal control, with only a heavy reliance on charities (which are underfunded) to feed, house and provide medical care for the dogs. Charities in Cusco are always looking for donations of food and blankets, this is something to consider when visiting the city.

It is important to remember that the street dogs of Peru are friendly and rarely seek out tourists. Many locals will say that the dogs are like the people: they are working to live and surviving the best as they can.

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Here is a quick breakdown of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu.

Why this trek? The Inca Jungle Trek is one of the newer trekking experiences available in Peru. This route to Machu Picchu is for the thrill seekers and those interested in more than just hiking.

What can you expect? It combines mountain biking, white water rafting, zip-lining as well as hiking the original Inca Trail.

Not a camper? Forget tossing and turning in a sleeping bag. You will stay in local hostels with hot showers.

Sound good? Get in touch with us for more info. The experience of a life time is only click away.