Peru is a country truly spoiled by Mother Nature
Adventure is abundant within its borders; experience everything from jagged mountain ranges and stretching Altiplano plains to striking coastlines and communities whose feet remain firmly planted in colourful ancient culture.
From the spectacular ancient Inca settlement of Machu Picchu perched high in the soaring Andean peaks to virgin Amazonian rainforest and tribal villages, a Peru holiday promises adventure amidst dramatic landscapes. With new direct flight routes being announced and a blossoming reputation within the culinary world, there’s no better time to book a visit to one of South America’s most vibrant countries. Home to the captivating combination of fascinating ancient culture with a stunning natural backdrop, Peru has more than enough to whet the appetite of any thrill-seeking traveller.
Visit Lima and Cuzco to explore cosmopolitan cities, charming mountain villages and the mysterious ruins of lost civilisations for a taste of Peru’s rich cultural heritage. Follow Incan tracks through the craggy peaks of Vilcabamba, hop aboard a train through the Sacred Valley and brave bridges stretching over colossal Colca canyons where Andean condors soar overhead.
Our experts pick the four places you can’t miss on a trip to Peru, but also some of lesser known cities, culture and stretches of unspoilt beauty to consider.
LIMA, or NORTHERN PERU?
Both the old and the new collide to contrast and compliment in Lima. Rising high on the cliff tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Lima blends sophisticated metropolitan streets with colonial facades and ancient temples. Rich history is everywhere, with architecture dating back over five centuries and the stately Gold and Larco Herrera museums filled with archaeological finds for a glimpse into Peru’s Inca past. But you’ll also find the best of a Peru that’s increasingly confident of its 21st century style. Head to the bohemian Barranco district for hip galleries and contemporary art tucked between laid back lounges serving up joyful Pisco sours. Creeping onto the global fine-dining radar, Lima is home to world class cuisine; with Central voted Latin America’s No 1 restaurant in 2015.
OR NORTHERN PERU
If an authentic, crowd-free view of Peru is what you’re after, head to northern Peru. Rich in pre-Columbian history spend a day exploring the colourful colonial church-lined streets of Trujillo, a city that has barely changed in hundreds of years before delving further into the history books and visiting the vast ruins of an ancient adobe Chimor mud city at Chan Chan. Explore the little-known sacred Moche Pyramids before travelling to the impressive Moche Sun and Moon Temples, home to fantastically preserved, ornately decorated frieze walls.