Machu Picchu and the entire Amazon were chosen by Flight Network on their list of the best attractions, destinations and experiences from all over the world “World's Ultimate Bucket List for 2018”. The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is number 4 on the list, with the Amazon at number 31. The Peruvian attractions find themselves alongside African safaris, the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Giza, and New York City as must-see travel experiences for any serious tourist.
“Peru is full of diverse and unique travel experiences, and we are delighted to see that these experiences are recognized as among the best in the world", says Marisol Acosta, PROMPERÚ's Tourism Director. "From the cultural and historical importance of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, to the untamed beauty of the Amazon rainforest, Peru is full of adventures and impressive places".
Built during the 15th century, the Inca citadel Machu Picchu was hidden for many years. In the early 20th century, American explorer and archeologist Hiram Bingham "rediscovered" the site and since then it has been carefully restored and preserved for future generations. The history and tremendous serenity of the citadel impresses tourists, both those who walk the Inca Trail and those who come to the site by train.
The Amazon occupies almost two thirds of Peru's land surface, and with the thousands of species of flora and fauna that inhabit the region, each visit feels unique. The Amazon is home to some of the most incredible and vibrant animals, with colorful birds, monkeys, big cats and even pink dolphins. Travelers can experience the Amazon in many ways, from hiking to luxury cruises, and the city of Iquitos, in the interior of the rainforest, awaits travelers with open arms.
The Flight Network list was compiled based on the recommendations of more than 800 travel experts, journalists and agents to get an idea of what people considered the 50 essential experiences around the world. The list is full of diverse experiences from almost every corner of the world, and each experience highlights a different aspect of the depth and breadth of a new destination.