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6 hidden Instagram hotspots in Peru

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With the likes of the stunning Amazon rainforest and the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu in its borders, Peru is already renowned for being one of the most picturesque and photo-worthy countries in the world.

However, if you step off the beaten path in this South American country you can discover remarkable hidden gems just waiting to be photographed, taking your wanderlust and Insta stream to new heights.

1. Huayllay stone forest

In the open Peruvian fields of the Huayllay National Sanctuary, you can find a forest of stone, towering pillars rising impossibly into the sky. These incredible formations have existed for thousands and thousands of years and now host rock-climbers and visitors alike who come to bask in this otherworldly landscape.

2. Mercado de Brujas

Hidden below the Gamarra Train Station in Lima you will find the Mercado de Brujas, or Witch Market. Wander down the markets isles and marvel at black candles, frog smoothies, python skins, and other curiosities. The market caters to Peruvian folk medicine, and when you’re done snapping pics you can even see a witch doctor for some magic healing of your own.

Dead llamas #lapaz #mercadodebrujas #bolivia #witchmarket

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3. Skylodge

The Skylodge takes luxury tourism to new heights with its hotel, comprised of three glass pods hanging off a cliff overlooking the Sacred Valley. It is the pinnacle of unusual hotel experiences, with rooms the size of a tiny aeroplane cabin at 1,200 feet. Accessible only by a steep hike or zip line, staying here is not for the faint of hearted, but worth the stunning views of the valley and the chance to photograph the sunrise over the Andes.

I woke up like this #400mclimb #peru #skylodge

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4. Rainbow mountain

Deep in the Peruvian Andes is a brightly coloured mountain right out of a children’s book. Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, is painted in stunning hues of red and lilac and mint green, created because of the unique sediment and atmosphere of the region. It takes six days of hiking to reach it, or a day-long drive and hike, but worth your friends wondering at your Instagram how you managed to find yourself in the pages of Dr Seuss.

5. Maras Salt Pans

This remote hillside in the Peruvian Andes is filled with geometric salt pans which have been harvested since the Incan empire. Fed by a naturally salt filled underground stream, each of the pans are owned by different families and have been passed down through generations, who still harvest the salt the traditional way by hand. Admire the beautiful shades of pink and white and tan and think about how you’ll fit these photos into your new pastel aesthetic.

6. The Boiling River of the Amazon

Hidden in the jungle of Peru’s Amazon is a boiling hot river that for many years was thought to be a myth, until one Peruvian Geologist who had been told stories of the river as a child decided to study it and discover its secrets. The rivers waters can reach 95 degrees Celsius, heated by a geothermal fault, and the mud of the river is too hot to walk on. Believed by the locals to have magical healing powers, the steaming geographic oddity is a wonder to behold.

Río Hirviente de Honoria - Perú. Vive la experiencia con #Viridistours.

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