Lima, Peru’s capital and largest city, is home to stunning colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins. Take the time to explore this bustling coastline city and you will also discover excellent museums, great shopping, lively nightlife and some of the finest Peruvian cuisine – with an emphasis on delicious seafood.
Cuzco was once the heart of the Inca Empire and it is now a treasure trove of archaeological remnants as well as stunning colonial architecture. The city is the gateway to the beautiful Sacred Valley and legendary ruins of Machu Picchu.
Just north of Cuzco lies the beautiful 26 mile-long Sacred Valley of Urubamba. This stunning region offers rural relaxation away from the cities, and the chance to immerse yourself in traditional Peru – from exploring the Inca ruins, browsing handicrafts at colourful markets and visiting tiny Andean towns.
Machu Picchu, known as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, attracts people from all over the globe who are drawn to this mystical site by its incredible architecture, mysterious history and spellbinding setting. Named as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, visitors can discover this incredible attraction by taking a picturesque train journey to the top of the mountain, or by following in the footsteps of the Inca on the legendary Inca Trail.
The enchanting Peruvian Amazon is remarkablly rich in biodiversity and boasts the most species of birds in the world. The remote north is accessible via the city of Iquitos, the starting point for a number of luxurious river cruises while the southeast city of Puerto Maldonado is the gateway to the Tambopata and Manu Biosphere Reserves.
Lake Titicaca lies on the border of Peru and Bolivia and its shimmering sapphire waters are backed by snow-capped mountains. The small city of Puno is thet gateway to the world’s highest commercially navigable lake which is home to Uros communities that live on floating islands made of reeds.
The remote south coast is home to the Paracas National Reserve which encompasses the UNESCO-listed Paracas Peninsula and the remote Ballestas Islands which provide sanctuary toincredible wildlife including dolphins, penguins and sea lions. The nearby town of Pisco is best known for the grape brandy called Pisco which is used in the nation’s famous cocktail – the Pisco Sour. It also provides a great base for discovering the region’s Inca ruins.
‘The White City’ of Arequipa boasts striking volcanic buildings and an attractive setting ringed by volcanoes. It is also a gateway to the spectacular Colca Canyon.