Peru is the crucible of the most impressive civilizations of South America, which extended its cultural domain through the Amazon jungle, surpassing the snowy peaks of the Andes to reach the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On this land the cultural force of the Inca empire strengthened to reach the edges of the continent, where it is still possible to recognize its mark. Peru hides between its mountains and jungles some of the most amazing true stories that captured the world’s imagination, from Caral, the oldest civilization of the continent or the beautiful and mysterious Nazca lines to the drama of the Spanish conquest and the decline of the Inca Empire.
A land rich in history and culture, with an abundant coastline, desert dunes, archaeological treasures, lush green cloud forests, beautiful colonial cities and majestic Inca ruins, all making a truly remarkable region.
Peru is also very well known in the world for its delicious cuisine, having 3 of the top 50 restaurants in the world located in Lima.
Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the hidden city of Machu Picchu, the cobbled streets of colonial Cuzco and enjoy the sophistication of Lima, “The City Of Kings” and its vibrant nightlife.
Lima is the capital city of Peru and the main gate to start the exploration of this wonderful country.
It is a city where old Casonas, churches, archeological sites meet modern buildings. A great diversity is seen through the traditions of its people and its food.
When in Lima, visitors will have access to museums with great works of art and history; archaeological sites, beaches, the boardwalk, valleys, natural reserves, the nightlife, the thrill of adventure sports, and the exquisite cuisine.
Known as “White City”, Arequipa has been sculpted with white volcano rock, called locally as “sillar”. Admire the beauty of its monuments, snowy mountains, volcanos and deep canyons.
Arequipa is located south of Lima and along with Lake Titicaca and Cusco, they form the famous southern triangle for tourism in Peru.
Colca Canyon is only 4-hour drive from Arequipa and here visitors enjoy one of the most impressive landscapes in the world and get in close touch with the unique Condor.
Cusco was the capital city for the Incas in South America. This vibrant city gathers history, adventure, culture, fun and mysticism that follows you everywhere. It is home to the famous citadel of Machu Picchu, and enchants with its colonial beauty while old traces of the Inca empire are easily seen intact throughout its roads and buildings.
Machu Picchu fascinates because of the mysticism felt in its “andenes” and of the amazing perfection of its stone walls. This architectural wonder from the times of the Incas was recognized as “Heritage of Humankind” and later declared as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World”.
Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and an important agricultural and livestock (llamas and alpaca) region. It sits at an altitude of over 3,800 metres and is a picturesque hillside city and a melting pot of the Aymara and Quechua culture.
A visit to Lake Titicaca is a visit to some of the oldest cultures and traditions in South America, as unique and very different communities live in its beautiful islands or in its shores. Among the most popular ones there are Uros, Taquile and Llachon.
Ica boasts beautiful dunes and a vast desert etched with enigmatic figures, the Nazca Lines, transformed into fertile fields by ancient cultures: The Paracas and the Nazca. Land of valleys, sun, beaches and a Natural Reserve inhabited by a lush variety of flora and fauna. Visitors to Paracas Reserve can take a boat ride to Ballestas Islands and encounter with the world-famous colonies of penguins, sea lions, pelicans among other species that have taken possession of them.
This region is also well-known for its production of Peruvian Pisco and wine, Afro-Peruvian music, and an oasis like the Huacachina, a patch of life in the heart of a blanket of sand.
The richest territory of ancient history in Perú. This region is where most of the pre-Incan civilizations in Perú lived for hundreds of years before the Incas empire started. All the main sites and attractions in this area are connected by road and can be easily access.
From warm beaches where one can even enjoy whale watching from June to October to the mountains of Chachapoyas mixing untouched archaeological sites with wonderful landscapes. The North of Perú will surprise its visitors with its hidden gems.
In Trujillo and Chiclayo visit the most unique sites for the Mochica and Chimu cultures: Señor de Sipan, Señora de Cao, Huaca de la Luna, Huaca del Sol and Chan Chan. These cities are also very well known for its food and its museums.
Chachapoyas has so many experiences to offer, visitors will need to carefully decide how long to visit to try to do them all: the impressive fortress of Kuelap, compared to Machu Picchu in greatness; the tombs of Karajia, the Gocta waterfalls, one of the tallest in the world, caves, lakes and museums.
The Amazon rainforest in Perú can be visited from 2 main areas: Iquitos in the north and Puerto Maldonado in the southern Amazon. The latter is very easy to reach from Cusco on a 30-minute flight and has some of the best lodges available. Iquitos is visited mainly for those taking river cruises in the Amazon river.
From Puerto Maldonado your exploration starts in the Tambopata National Reserve where you can walk in the forest, visit animal’s collpas, hidden lakes, participate in night boat rides to search for caimans (alligators) and, of course, learn about the local fauna.
From Iquitos, visitors visit the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and will see the union of rivers where the huge Amazon River becomes the widest. These are some of the top experiences to enjoy during a visit to this area: pink dolphin watch, visit to local communities, spotting sloths and monkeys in the trees and fishing piranhas.
LOOKING FOR PERU’S TOP DESTINATIONS?
DISCOVER OUR JOURNEYS