One of the most amazing and unique places for a holiday around the world, Peru is a cut above the rest; there are so many fascinating historical and cultural hotspots to see that you’ll want to visit them all.
From hiking the majestic Andes and exploring the hidden Inca ruins to sunning on the beaches near Lima, Peru is a country of natural beauty and archaeological intrigue. Home to one of the most recognisable sites of the New World and sensational landscapes, Peru offers the chance to explore beautiful beaches, lush jungles and stunning canyons. A perfect choice for both adventurers and those looking to relax, Peru offers a holiday experience you’ll never forget.
Holidays to Peru offer a mixture of stunning ancient culture and a vibrant modern South America. Lima, the bustling yet sophisticated capital, offers a mix of traditional Peruvian customs with all the trappings of a modern city. The modern centre of Miraflores is popular with visitors, while the seaside suburb of Barranco which offers a vibrant, local atmosphere.
For the Indiana Jones in all of us, the ancient colonial city of Cusco is easily reachable from the capital. Close to the renowned Inca Trail, this region of Peru offers access to the citadel of Machu Picchu where the stunning stone architecture is set off by a backdrop of dark-green Peruvian forests.
Although not as famous as the two cities mentioned above, the cosmopolitan style of Trujillo offers a desirable alternative for holidays in Peru. It’s also close to the ruined city of Chan Chan, the largest of all the pre-Columbian cities in this part of the world, and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From the highlands to the coast
Peru is one of the few countries in the world to offer the three geographic regions of coast, highland and jungle, all easily accessible from most everywhere in the country. On Peru holidays, you can go from the hot desert coastline to the chilly tops of the Andean range and then head down to the stunning Peruvian Amazon, all within a couple of days.
For those looking to get out and about, holidays to Peru offer a trekkers dream; from the famous Inca Trail to the Andean hikes, there’s plenty you can explore on foot while taking in the gorgeous surroundings. If you want to take things a bit slower, enjoy a stroll through one of the many national parks and spot cougars, jaguars and exotic birds in the wild.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during one of Peru’s many festivals and cultural events, you’ll be in for a treat. Semana Santa offers vibrant religious festivals all over the country while the Festival of San Juan in the jungle region offers a day of relaxing by the river followed by a night of dancing under the stars.
As well as being a country of stunning surroundings, Peru’s many wonderful villages offer a chance to delve into local life. Shoppers will delight at the vibrant morning market in Pisac, selling lots of local goods and produce. Exploring the local towns will also give you a chance to try some ceviche, the national dish made from fresh fish soaked in lime juice and chillies, and not to be missed while in Peru.
Machu Picchu is not the only place of archaeological intrigue, for those looking to explore the country’s history, explore the enigmatic Nazca Lines along the coast or the ruined citadel of Kuelap among the Andes. The beautiful Lake Titicaca on the border is also well worth a visit, along with its famous floating Uros Islands; manmade villages which have existed since Inca times.
If you want to explore the jungle, the best spot for pictures is from the Rainbow Canopy Walkway, reaching 35 metres above the ground it’s the best spot for the ultimate holiday photo. The Amazon Rainforest is rich in wild animals, plants and endangered species that make for an unforgettable day of exploring and the perfect part of a holiday in Peru.