Non touristy Peru. Well, Peru is as much for the tourist as for the non-tourist. As a tourist you are able to visit from the north with its beautiful beaches, passing through cultural with history and archeology cities. The cosmopolitan Lima, its history and the great food; to the south as Nazca with the enigmatic Nazca Lines; to the white city Arequipa (the second biggest and important city in Peru) with is Misti Volcan and the deepest canyon Colca; to Puno and its biggest navigable lake in the world; going to Cusco, the navel city of the world and the most historic in America with its seven-world wonder Machupicchu and with amazing other places to visit. Without forgetting the impressive amazon jungle
But as a Non-Tourist there are many things you are able to do. We will take you through some non-touristy ways of exploring this great South American country. Let’s mention some of them:
1.- To have an incredible gastronomic tour in Lima. As you must know, Peru has one of the best cuisines in the world and Lima is the center. There are some gastronomic tours that takes you to different markets and restaurants to try the Peruvian food. It’s a quite experience
2.- As travelling and living in Peru says: Visit the local markets at Cusco. Though millions of tourists throng the streets of Cusco every year, they mainly visit the famous historic center of the city which is a UNESCO world heritage site. However, if you want to get more intimate with this ancient city and understand the local flavors and rhythms, you must visit the vibrant markets of the city. Take a short walk from the historic center to visit the local Wanchaq market. The colorful florist shops that sell many indigenous varieties of flowers are a real treat for anybody who wishes to experience the Peruvian life. The local food and the fresh fruit juices available in the market are really cheap and delicious
3.- Also in Cusco, take a tram ride through the historical streets. Most of the tourists who come to the city of Cusco prefer to commute in the sophisticated tourist buses. But there is a more fun way to explore this historical city. Take the local tram service that passes by the main tourist sites and through the oldest as well as relatively modern neighborhoods of the city. The ride starts at Plaza de Armas and lasts around 1.5 hours.
4.- Eat your breakfast with locals. If you want to experience the local life in Peru and mingle with the people, there is no better way than sharing your food with them. Begin your day with a breakfast in the Lima markets near the “Mercado Central”. Taste some soupy rice and fried crullers known as yuquitas fritas in Spanish. ‘Sopa rachi’ is a favorite dish among the locals as well. This is a dish of plain rice porridge with beef tripe, bean sprouts, and scallion toppings.
5.- In Arequipa, birdwatching at the Colca Canyon. While most of the tourists go for the trekking along the Inca route, there is yet another fascinating trekking route in Peru. The Colca Canyon in Southern Peru is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. You have to hike the mountainous roads through the canyon to reach the home of one of the rarest birds of the world – the Andean Condor. To watch those spectacular, large birds flying over the rough topography of the canyon is truly an out-of-the-world experience.
6.- In Cusco also, have a weaving experience in the Andean communities of Chinchero or Huilloc with their colorful and incredible fabrics that are sold worldwide.
7.- In Puno, have a stay of one or two nights in one of the islands of the Titicaca Lake sharing the ancestral customs of these settlers
8.- In Lima, walk around the Malecon (pier) in Miraflores and live the atmosphere of the Pacific Ocean or have a bike ride. You can just walk around the area (best to do this during the sunset), stop by the Larcomar shopping center to check out the amazing view from there, see paragliders flying around the area (or better do it yourself – more details in #6!), rent a bike, or simply walk-through football courts and lovely gardens filled with flowers. You can find many bike shops in Miraflores, where you can rent bikes for 3 hours or for a full day – and they offer tours as well! This way, you can enjoy the freedom of discovering the city at your own speed and through your heart’s content.
9.- Go to bars for a Pisco Sour. You have probably heard that Pisco is one of the Peruvian alcoholic delicacies, and from which the great Pisco Sour appetizer was created. It is made of blends of Pisco (a kind of liquor) combined with fresh lemon juice, cane syrup, and (don’t get scared!) egg whites that create the foamy part of the drink
10.- Paragliding over the coast. – An activity that I definitely recommend for anyone up to the challenge and seeking an adrenaline rush (but not for people who suffer from acrophobia, the fear of heights!). You will find the base of departure along the Malecón de Miraflores. This breathtaking 10-minute experience even includes pictures and videos of the flight, which you receive on an SD memory drive, so you can keep this treasured memory forever.
And believe me, there are much more things to do for non-tourist travelers!!