6 hidden Instagram hotspots in Peru
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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.
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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.
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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.