Peru is one of the most diverse nations on the planet, where one can go from a vast desert to dizzying mountains and lush jungles in a simple breath. An outstanding country, home to Machu Picchu, an eternal city declared one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Peru offers a range of adventure experiences; one can go hiking in the Andes mountains, sandboarding in the coastal dunes, rafting in the rivers or trekking on the Inca trail.
Located on top of a mountain in the middle of a tropical forest, Machu Picchu is considered the tourist attraction par excellence in Peru. The historic sanctuary is a place that captivates tourists not only for its dazzling architectural beauty, but also for its important historical-cultural legacy, which has led it to be recognized and admired throughout the world.
If you go to the Sierra, you will be able to make some adorable friends native to the Peruvian Andes. Over 3,500 meters above sea level, you’ll find some cute little furry animals that are part of the enchanting landscape of this beautiful corner of South America. They are the llamas, alpacas and vicuñas and visitors tend to just love these Andean camelids.
The Peruvian textile tradition is without a doubt one of the oldest in the world and the region has weaved its history for thousands of years. Ponchos have been traditionally worn by Andean people for centuries and are still worn today. Traditional ponchos are a symbol of indigenous culture in the Andes and have become internationally recognized as fashionable additions to any wardrobe.
Top Places to Visit
Arequipa and Colca Canyon
Known for its excellent gastronomy and for being the point where you can look from above how condors fly, Arequipa, also known as the white city, sits at the foot of the Misti volcano and on the banks of the Chili River. This vibrant city's colonial churches and mansions were built in ashlar, a white volcanic stone.
Peru's capital used to be a walled city with narrow streets and long balconies, occupied by Limeños enjoying food, life, and an evening filled with board games. Nowadays, only a small part of the City of Kings retains some of these old days, such as the historic centre, the stately palace of Torre Tagle, and the 1610 stone bridge.
The number one Touristic destination due not only to the historic city but cause of Machupicchu. Cusco used to be the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo empire, inhabited by people from the four suyos (regions) of the Inca confederation. Nowadays, Cusco is mainly the starting point for visits to the Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as the world-famous Machupicchu.
The origin of Andean culture. Located around 200 km north of Lima, this is the oldest known urban settlement and civilization in the Americas. Caral is situated in the middle of the Supe Valley and was developed at the same time as other great cultures in Egypt, China, and Mesopotamia. The farming techniques and sustainable practices of this sacred city still remain a reference point to this day.
Nasca and Palpa Lines
Located in the desert plains of the Rio Grande de Nasca river basin, this is a mysterious gallery of lines and geoglyphs formed by depressions or shallow incisions in southern Peru between 500 BC and 500 AD. More than 800 drawings, naturally preserved by the region's dry climate, stretching over 450 km² of hot desert sand.
Chiclayo and Trujillo
Northern cities well-known for their excellent gastronomy and for being one of the best spots for archaeology hunters. They share the legacy of the Moche and Chimu cultures, builders of the great Chan Chan citadel as well as the Tomb of the Lord of Sipan. This tomb, once created for this very important Mochica warrior priest, reveals incredibly valuable gold and silver objects.