Although most famous for ancient Incan masterpiece Machu Picchu, Peru lives up to the meaning of the Quechuan Indian word from which its name is derived - land of abundance. Cusco’s Spanish Colonial architecture, The Sacred Valley’s fertile farmland, Lake Titicaca’s deep still waters and Amazonian tributaries deserve uncovering.
A World Wonder of Ancient Ruins
The peaks and valleys, and mountains and beaches of Peru are awe-inspiring. 15th-century Incan citadel Machu Picchu is of course a must-see, but Colco Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, shouldn’t be missed either. The Peruvian Amazon is one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth, and is home to Amazonian pink dolphins. Visit The Nazca Lines, where giant human and animal geoglyphs appear in the desert, or The Cerro Blanco, one of the world’s tallest sand dunes.
- Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Visit the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca
- Sandboard the giant hills of soft sand
- Spot famous pink dolphins on a jungle cruise in Peruvian Amazonia
WHEN TO VISIT
The winter, May to September, is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel to Peru. It rarely rains and days of endless sunshine offer great views of the rugged mountain peaks against a clear blue sky.