While Machu Picchu may be the star attraction of Peru it’s far from the only showstopper. Other can’t-miss spots range from Amazonian river towns to misty valleys sacred to the Incas, to the artificial islands of Lake Titicaca. If that’s got your attention then read on, sip a pisco sour, and contemplate the best places to stay on your vacation in South America.
Retreat to your luxury tent, pitched at a frond-fringed oasis – the Huacachina Lagoon – and surrounded by sand dunes, a short drive from the Peruvian coast. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, live out your Mad Max fantasies by speeding around on dune buggies in the drifts, or sandboard your way back down to camp. Once you’re done, beat the heat at the swim-up bar, or take a pedal boat out on the lagoon.