Travel·Posted on Jul 16, 201426 Fantastic Reasons To Pack Your Bags And Visit Peru Right NowPeru's independence day is July 28th, so break out the pisco and start planning to celebrate!by Ann-Marie AlcántaraBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Macchu Picchu is truly incredible but there's much more to Peru. IngaL/IngaL 2. Like the Nazca Lines, which are 100 times cooler than Stonehenge. Greenpot/Greenpot About 970 ancient geoglyphs and biomorphs exist on the Nazca desert plains, with figures of a hummingbird, trapezoids, and more. There's even many rumors as to how they were made. 3. And the paradise of Tarapoto, which is only an hour away from Lima by plane. Miroslav Horák / Flickr: horak / Creative Commons If you want to experience the Amazon without going there, just stay here. 4. You'll wish you lived in Peru so you could be served the freshest ceviche every day. Thomas S. / Flickr: 95786359@N05 / Creative Commons Ceviche is a fresh raw fish meal, stewed in citrus and peppers. The meat is usually tender and soft and perfect to eat after a hot day. 5. And nowhere else in the world has a meat dish as hearty and delicious as lomo saltado. Daremoshiranai / Flickr: daremoshiranai / Creative Commons The stir-fry dish consists of steak, red onion, tomato, vinegar, and french fries — what could be more perfect?! 6. There's even pollo a la brasa, a dish so simple, you'll want to eat it for every meal. Krista / Flickr: scaredykat / Creative Commons A type of rotisserie chicken that many will either eat as is or with a fresh avocado salad 'cause you want to feel slightly healthy ya know? 7. Then there's new drinks to try like the pisco sour, which tops a piña colada any day. uncoolbob / Flickr: uncoolbob / Creative Commons The pisco sour is a brandy drink, made with lemon juice, egg whites and angostura. You'll be surprised how strong it is but not at how quickly you gulp it down. 8. Or have a beer, like an ice-cold Cusquena — the more refreshing version of Miller Lite in Peru. Joshua Alan Davis / Flickr: joshuaalandavis / Creative Commons Has it been a long day? Perfect, drink a Cusquena and you will be much more hoppy. 9. Then there's the fruit of Peru like lucuma, which is regularly eaten as an ice cream. Paul Bausch / Flickr: pb / Creative Commons Depending on where you go, you'll either get lucuma powder or pulp mixed into an ice cream. You'll be begging for this instead of fro-yo in no time. 10. Or chirimoya, a fruit straight out of Willy Wonka that can taste like a banana, strawberry, pineapple or all three. Fatima Flores / Flickr: fatifloresita / Creative Commons If you're a human that likes fruits and all things happy in the world, your life is incomplete without tasting this fruit native to the Andes. 11. And of course, aguaje — a fruit that tastes like butter. Supayfotos / APEGA / Flickr: apegaperu / Creative Commons While the skin is inedible, you just peel it off and eat the flesh! It's like eating popcorn, but without the microwave. 12. There's no denying that llamas are the best animal in the world and you'll see plenty of them in Peru. Raíssa Ruschel / Flickr: raruschel / Creative Commons Sure they spit and bite, but that's their way of showing their love. 13. Peru also has alpacas, who were once used by the Incas, so yeah they roll with ROYALTY. Barbara Eckstein / Flickr: beckstei / Creative Commons 14. Forget the Grand Canyon — the Cotahuasi Canyon is where it's at. mariusz_prusaczyk/mariusz_prusaczyk It is the world's deepest canyon, reaching a depth of 11,597 feet. 15. Seeing the Cathedral of Santo Domingo will be a religious experience, even if you're not that into religion. Ian Armstrong / Flickr: ianz / Creative Commons 16. And going for a boat ride on Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, will make you wonder why you ever thought a visit to the Great Lakes was enough. BORIS G / Flickr: gameoflight / Creative Commons 17. Visiting the Government Palace of Peru is like entering a gorgeous Disney movie. Dennis Jarvis / Flickr: archer10 / Creative Commons Yes, it actually looks like that and no, you can't spend a night there. 18. If you're a fan of potatoes, Peru has roughly over 4,000 varieties. Eric Miraglia / Flickr: equanimity / Creative Commons The Andes region is actually like a box of chocolates — you never know what kind of potato you're going to get. 19. Experiencing the Nazca Desert is like something out of a dream you hope to never wake from. ilker ender / Flickr: ilker / Creative Commons 20. And you'll constantly stumble into places that are frozen in time. Martin Garcia / Flickr: martix / Creative Commons 21. There's a rare red beach at the Paracas National Reserve that you need to see to believe. Martin Garcia / Flickr: martix / Creative Commons Its color is due to "ancient volcanic activity after eruptions that struck the Pacific, producing a type of clay with that color as the sand component." 22. Don't you dare miss the Magic Water Circuit show, in the Parque de la Reserva in Lima — it feels like a private show. Geraint Rowland / Flickr: geezaweezer / Creative Commons 23. But most importantly, there's the people. Maurizio Costanzo Follow / Flickr: maurizio_costanzo / Creative Commons 24. Peruvian people come in all forms and meeting one will show you how happy Peruvians are to share their culture. Neil Palmer (CIAT) / Flickr: ciat / Creative Commons 25. The smiling faces will make you want to cancel your return ticket home. Danielle Pereira / Flickr: galeria_miradas / Creative Commons 26. But no worries, once you've been to Peru, part of you will never leave — ¡Que viva Peru! McKay Savage / Flickr: mckaysavage / Creative Commons May the pan flute songs tread your dreams forever!