Inca warriors and Spanish conquistadors battled for this slice of South America – and the longer you stay here amid the mountains and jungles and beaches and plains, you'll understand why. And Peru will be under your skin... Read more...
Images of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu have been indelibly linked to Peru – after all, it is one of South America's most famous sites. Peru is a haven for adventure travellers who like their mountains high, jungle thick, rivers wide and treasures buried. Once you've trekked through the Andes and admired the condors gliding above and taken a slow boat down an Amazon river, life is never quite the same. There are sand dunes to wander, beaches to enoy and seals languishing in the Pacific to spot.
Specific sites you might want to consider getting to during your time here include:
- Chavín de Huántar – a pre-Incan archaeological site from 900BC
- Lake Titicaca – on the Peruvian/Bolivian border and covering more than 8,000 square kilometres, this is the highest commercially-navigable lake in the world
- Nazca – on the southern coast, famous as the base of the ancient Nazcar civilisation and its lines in the desert representing animals and other designs
- Huascarán National Park – a high Andean park home to Peru's highest peak (6,768 meters), rivers, lakes, glaciers and replete with flora and fauna
Most vistors land in Lima, a city of about 8 million. There are samples of pre-Hispanic and colonial architecture, night clubs awash with Peruvian beats and Miraflores – with its hotels, restaurants, shops and parks – is the area attracting most tourists. If you spend much time here you may uncover the hidden museums and galleries, the stuffed-to-the hilt bookstores and out-fo-the way private golf courses. Book a flight to Peru if you're all set to go!