The best ways to experience Peru
As soon as spring appears, those green shoots and warmer days can make you feel alive and ready to go outside and experience life! As you get that happy tingle in your toes. Start to reminisce about your past great outdoor adventures, take some time to think about your next one. I recommend to start planning a visit Lima, Peru in April! Lima is a coastal town in the beautiful South American country of Peru. Keep reading to find out about the endless options for great outdoor activities that will truly make you feel alive.
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In South America, the summer and winter seasons are opposite what you’d experience in the United States. They often have a rainy season between them. In Peru, the rainy season is during fall, between January and March. Making the following month of April the perfect time of year to visit. You’ll beat the winter season which starts in June, and miss the rain ending in March.
Traveling to Lima just as the rainy season ends will put you at a great advantage when it comes to exploring and booking excursions, and you’ll experience smaller tourist crowds which is a huge plus when you want to spend time doing outdoor activities!
The Governor’s Palace in the center of Lima
Peru has many popular travel spots, including Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest, and more. Hikers, outdoor sports lover, and adventurers in general, all will have an amazing time at these world-famous places.
In April, Lima is the best place to stay to be able to experience the most of these great spots! The first reason is related to elevation. While places like Cusco and Machu Picchu are an unforgettable trip. That I encourage you to experience. They’re also located at a very high elevation. This can make traveling a difficult experience.
To avoid elevation headaches and sickness, it’s best to make a home base at the sea level city of Lima. Take a few days trip to the higher elevation spots to ensure your entire trip is sickness free and unforgettable! At the end of the rainy season you’ll also enjoy the warmer temperatures in Lima.
If you’re looking for an Amazon Rainforest adventure. Lima is a great home base as there are multiple short flights per day between Lima and Iquitos, a city along the Amazon river. As your main stay, Lima will give you the best accessibility to the rest of Peru. It is also the easiest airport to reach from international places. Plus, the actual city of Lima is full of life and fun experiences!
Overlooking the ancient Machu Picchu
Outdoor adventures in Lima
Lima has an almost endless array of fun activities for you to do. Start preparing to spend days in the sun exploring the surrounding land, the sea, and even the skies! In and around Lima, all within a day trip, you’ll find things like ancient ruins that date pre-Inca times, or a large desert with oasis lagoons where small cities like Huacachina light up the surrounding sand. With a short flight, you could even make your way to the huge Amazon Rainforest to do an Amazon river cruise or a jungle hike.
Other adventures will take you out to sea to explore the many coastal islands, or to play in or on the waves by swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or sand boarding. Boating activities are a great way to explore the sea and you’ll be intrigued by the beautiful waves and diverse wildlife as you sea kayak or paddle board your way around.
After exploring the ocean, you’ll be able to take to the skies to see Lima from a whole different angle. In the heart of Lima, there are multiple places to learn how to paraglide, or take a tandem ride with a trained glider. Just imagine the city and sea views you’ll have from way up in the clouds!
A group of paragliders over the Lima coastline
Indoor things to do in Lima
After a day or more full of exciting adventures, it’s always nice to be able to sit back and relax a bit. As Lima is such a large city, there are plenty of things to do that will allow you to split your time between days full of energetic activities and calm days wandering around the city. Places like the Larco Museum will allow you to dive into the history and culture of Peru.
The Miraflores neighborhood is another great place to explore. You can start at the Huaca Pucllana, a site of ancient ruins right in the middle of the Peruvian neighborhood, before strolling over to the Miraflores Boardwalk that wanders along the bluffs overlooking the sea. On a nice warm sunny day, you can also venture to the bottom of the bluffs to one of the many beaches within Lima.
The Miraflores neighborhood and beach bluffs
If those spring time tingles are still tickling your toes, start looking forward to the month of April when you’ll be able to set off on your Peruvian adventure! Pack your bathing suit, walking shoes, and flying goggles as you prepare to experience Lima and Peru from the sea, ground, and sky! With the perfect April weather and lower tourist crowds, you’ll have first pick at outdoor activities that will make for the best adventure of your life.
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