Behind only fishing and mining, tourism is now Peru’s third largest industry. This, says Miriam Chesner New Jersey, is largely thanks to its many archaeological monuments. As well as plentiful adventure, cultural, beach, and gastronomic tourism opportunities. So-called ‘ecotourism’ is also enjoying rapid growth in the country, centered around the Peruvian Amazon.
A New York University graduate, Spanish teacher, and expert on Latin American culture from New Jersey, Miriam Chesner New Jersey points first and foremost to Machu Picchu, arguably one of Peru’s most visited sites. Alongside the 15th-century Inca citadel the country also boasts over ten further recognized and so-called ‘tentative’ UNESCO World Heritage sites. Some of these include the Sacred City of Caral-Supe, Huascarán National Park, the City of Cuzco, the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca and Pampas de Jumana, and Rio Abiseo National Park.
“While all of Peru’s recognized World Heritage sites are incredible, Machu Picchu is by far the most visited, attracting over 1.4 million tourists last year alone,” reveals Chesner.
Peru is also a popular adventure tourism destination boasting surfing, rafting, rallying, skiing, and mountain climbing. Alongside numerous other adventure-focused activities made possible thanks to the country’s incredible diversity. According to New Jersey-based Chesner surfing, in particular, is extremely popular in Peru. The countrys hosted a considerable number of around the world competitions in the sport.
Beach tourism provides another popular draw for Peru, thanks to its 2,400-kilometer-long coastline, peppered with incredible beaches. Two of the country’s most visited beach areas—Máncora in the Piura region, and Punta Sal in the Tumbes region—enjoy pleasant beach climates year-round. Therefore are popular with both international and domestic tourists and travelers alike.
Gastronomy is another big draw thanks to the delicious Peruvian cuisine on offer. Much of the country’s food combines Spanish cuisine with influences from China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan. These foods, prepared with traditional native Peruvian ingredients. “This,” says Chesner, “is largely thanks to immigration to Peru from these and other places across the globe which has happened on-and-off mainly since the mid-1800s.”
Lastly, the New Jersey resident touches on Peru’s so-called ‘ecotourism’ industry. With almost 75 percent of the country’s land covered by the Amazon rainforest. 60 percent of Peru situated within the Amazon Basin itself.
“With a higher percentage of land area protected, both in reserves and in national parks, than any other country in South America, the Peruvian Amazon remains one of the most pristine and untouched rainforests, not just on the continent, but on earth,” says Chesner.
“This places Peru,” she adds, wrapping up, “among the world’s most desirable destinations for those passionate about nature and ecology.”