According to a new survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Peru is set to be one of the most popular out-of-the-way destinations in 2013.
The group surveyed by PwC comprised active members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), which collectively contributed $10.3 billion to the US tour operator industry in 2011.
When asked to name the "off-the-beaten path" countries they foresee becoming popular in 2013, active members highlighted the following top 10 countries:
What exactly constitutes "off-the-beaten path" these days remains very much open to debate, but the countries listed above all share a certain sense of mystery and a touch of the exotic. More importantly, perhaps, these are all countries whose names are synonymous with adventure.
Peru, like any country, has its well-trodden tourist trail, a route that wouldn't be considered "off-the-beaten path" within the country itself. The classic gringo trail is popular for good reason (most travelers will visit touristy destinations like Arequipa and Cusco), but if you're looking for true "off-the-beaten path" adventure, you'll certainly find it in Peru...