#SoloTravel: A Peruvian Adventure
More and more people are choosing to go solo to quench their wanderlust. And Peru has always been the iconic solo travel destination, for its mysterious Incan trails, colourful indigenous people, fascinating traditions and delicious food. Beyond the mystical Machu Picchu, we bring you five more reasons why a solo trip to Peru should be on your agenda this year!
1. Meet the Huilloc people deep in the Sacred Valley
A great way to make local friends when you travel solo is to find opportunities to interact with them! This small Quechua-speaking community lives within the Sacred Valley, maintaining their ancestral customs and traditions since centuries. You can experience their warmth and the Incan legacy here, taking part in collective tasks of the community – working in the fields, making clothes, joining their ancestral rites etc.
2. Witness the sacred ways of the Peruvians
There’s nothing like solo travel to connect back with the primitive parts of yourself. And Peru’s ancestral traditions are sure to leave you with a deep sense of the divine. One of the significant Quechua rituals of the Andean world is of paying tribute to the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). With the help of a shaman and the ancient ways of the people, you can participate in this fascinating ceremony, giving thanks to Mother Earth for all her bounty.
3. Trek through the Peruvian canyons
The Andean condors flying over the deep canyons of the Colca Valley is one of the most iconic images of Peru. If you love adventure, a trek through Colca Canyon should be on top of your list. It’s also a great way to experience country life in the region with several small rural communities spread across the valley, who have thrived here for centuries.
4. Travel back in time on the islands of Titicaca
Begin in the floating islands of Uros, an ancient society that populates a series of artificial islands built on aquatic plants which grows in the lake. And then travel to the island of Taquile, part of the Inca Empire, vestiges of which can still be seen in its buildings. You will need to travel with an English-speaking guide to truly understand and immerse in the culture of these historic communities.
5. Hangout at San Blas in Cusco
The lovely neighbourhood of San Blas is what many would call a “hipster hangout” – home to laidback cafes and trendy bars. Cobbled streets and colonial architecture set the atmosphere; while art galleries and workshops make for the perfect stopover. In the evenings, it’s the place to go for a beer or cocktail and meet fellow travellers.