Ancient sites, stunning landscapes and fascinating culture make Peru a sure highlight on any South American itinerary. From the winding bends of the Amazon to the sacred heights of Machu Picchu, don't miss these top five must-do stops.
Straddling the Peruvian border with Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is not only the largest lake in South America but is also considered one of the most important natural heritage sites on the planet. Believed to be the birthplace of the sun by the Andeans, a number of communities still live on the edge of its blue waters, maintaining their ancestral traditions and customs. Meet the locals and explore the nearby islands. Discover pre-Inca terraces and ceremonial sites and don’t miss your chance to visit the island of Taquile, famous for its traditional textiles.
One of the deepest canyons on earth, with a depth of over 3,400 meters (almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!) at its lowest point, this is one of the best places to witness the spectacular flight of the Andean condor. Even though Colca Canyon is a popular tourist attraction, the area is still home to traditional villages. In the Colca Canyon you can see some of the finest examples of pre-Inca terracing and traditionally dressed local Andeans. You can trek, bathe in the Calera Hot Springs and take in the view from the Cruz del Condor lookout.
Did you know that the Amazon region covers 60 per cent of Peru? There are several ways to explore the Peruvian Amazon, but we can't go past the small and ultra luxury boats that depart near Iquitos, in Northern Peru. Incredible luxury options include the Delfin and Aqua Expeditions. Cruise at a gentle pace down the river, enjoying the view from panoramic windows in your bedroom, or in some cases from the jacuzzi on the deck. Take daily excursions to get a closer look at the incredible wildlife - perhaps kayaking or bird watching - and return the to comfort of the boat for five star dining experiences onboard.
When visiting Peru, almost everyone will fly through Lima however many won’t stop more than a day. Lima is definitely worthy of more than an airport stopover. In recent years, Lima has cemented it's reputation as the gastronomic capital of Latin America, with three of the World's Top 50 restaurants located in the bustling capital – Central, Astrid y Gaston and Maido. These restaurants are undoubtedly world class but thankfully they don't come with a world class price tag. In between all the eating, be sure to see Lima's museums MALI and MAC, and peruse the high quality handicrafts at the Indian Market.
The ancient site of Machu Picchu features on the bucket list of countless travellers around the globe. The Incan citadel nestled into the top of the Inca Hill is considered one of the seven New Wonders of the World. If a multi day trek is not your cup of tea, there are luxury options that are just as appealing - catch the super luxury Hiram Bingham train from the Sacred Valley, where you'll be treated to Pisco Sours, a three course meal, and a live band as you you’re your way through the Sacred Valley. Spend a night or two in luxury accommodation, to the soundtrack of the river and the wildlife surrounding you.
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