05/21/2012 08:07 am ET Updated Jul 21, 2012

Five Reasons To Visit Peru That Aren't Machu Picchu (PHOTOS)

Peru has its fair share of awe-inspiring sights, but most visitors skip right over them and head for the grand finale, Machu Picchu. And though the ancient city is certainly worthy of your time, there is much more to this vast country than a litter-ridden Inca Trail. Dine with the Peruvian elite, walk a manmade island, or raft a canyon that requires a mule to get to; but whatever you do, don't beeline for the Andes then skip town.

Here are five really good reasons to go to Peru that don't include Machu Picchu.

-- Lacy Morris, Associate Editor,

Peru Beyond Machu Picchu