The South American country, Peru is known for its unique lifestyle that still heavily reflects the Inca civilization. While volunteering in the city of Cusco, you get to witness and experience the ruins of one of the earliest civilizations in the world; and that’s not it. There is lot of spectacular things to experience in Peru, so much so that you would want to extend your stay in the country. And if you are still wondering why so much of amplification to stay long in the country, then it is simply;
The world knows about the great Machu Picchu of Peru. But, this early 13th century civilization has left a lot of its ruins to explore and learn about its rich history and heritage. Places such as the Sacred Valley, the Saksaywaman, the Moray, and more of such locations are present in the region. Most of the travelers take the famous trails to Machu Picchu, and in the course, miss out on these wonderful spots to explore.
Even to put it subtly, the culinary of Peru is a supreme delight to the taste palates. The innovative use of fresh ingredients that adds to the aroma of the delicacy and the garnishing done before serving makes it impossible for someone to not like what they are eating. For example, Ceviche, one of the most famous dish in Peru is something that you would want to gorge on at least once, every day. No exaggeration here!
And when talking about a typical Peruvian culinary, it just do not stops at Ceviche. Peru has tremendous food options that suits different taste buds. The list includes delicacies such as; Cuy, Causa, Lomo Saltado, Anticuchos, etc. that quench the thirst for tangy and spicy meat preparations, while dishes such as; Pie de Limon, Crema Volteada, Mazamorra Morada , etc. satisfy the craving for desserts.
From the ages of yore, the natives of Peru have been mastering the skills of handicrafts. The markets in Peru, especially in the Sacred Valley and Cusco, have a lot of hand woven and handmade items to offer that reflects the culture of Peru. This is a huge benefit for volunteers working in Cuzco as they don’t have to look anywhere else for buying some great souvenirs to take back
While volunteering in Cusco the volunteers are provided accommodation with a local host family. This is the best chance to learn about the root traditions and cultural nuances of a typical Peruvian lifestyle. Also, several of the colorful festivals of Peru showcase the age old traditions of Peru, even today; with folk dance formations and setup.
If there is any country that includes a major part of Amazon rain forests after Brazil, it’s Peru; more than 60% of the territory is covered. And if you think that’s the end of Peru’s geography, you are highly mistaken. The country is densely covered with coastal desert area, including the astonishing oasis region of Huacachina. And then there is still more variety. The longest mountain range in the world, The Andes, passes through a significant portion of the country, providing some of most gorgeous looking, ice-capped mountains in the world. Peru, thus, takes the complete honor of having three different kinds of geographical and topographical existence.
Find out – How you can become a volunteer in Peru? on the Volunteering Solutions website
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