What makes Peru so special? Two iconic sites come to mind.
Machu Picchu is at the top of the list. This abandoned city, built high in the Andes around 1450, is an amazing testimony to the advanced technology that built this settlement with cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated by a knife blade. Its terraced fields were carved out of the mountain to feed its population. But all that aside, it is breathtaking!
Who hasn't heard of the Nazca lines? They are markings in the Nazca Desert of animal figures and shapes that only be recognized from the air, even though they were built as long ago as 2000 years.
Do you like to jump off, climb up and slide down things? How about paragliding off the coastal cliffs outside Lima? Or dune buggy rides in the desert, surfing along the coastline or sandboarding down giant dunes in the desert?
And it's affordable, your once in a lifetime adventure can be done on the average persons budget. That makes it doable and a contender.
Check out Wonders of Peru, a 7 night trip to Machu Picchu that includes a stay in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley.