Rich in history and culture and with a hugely diverse geography, Peru makes for a fascinating destination. On hearing mention of Peru, images of Macchu Picchu, the soaring peaks of the Andes, llamas and the bizarre Nasca lines probably spring to mind. But Peru is also home to dense Amazon rain forest and nearly 2,000 species of birds.
Arequipa known as “The White City” is also a World Heritage site encompassing volcanic stone buildings, mansions, churches and museums which give a real sense of the historical importance of Peru. The Plaza de Armas are beautiful gardens that are the focus of both the city’s day and nightlife. The Colca Valley rivals the Grand Canyon and is twice as deep giving the intrepid explorer the opportunity to see the enormous condors.
The perfect landscape includes agricultural terraces, snow covered mountains and villages with cobbled streets. A must for any visitor is the relatively easy climb of El Misti Volcano.
The cultural and religious centre of the Inca world, Cusco was once a highly impressive city and was built to reflect the might of the Empire. This ecologically rich city incorporates the Amazon basin that takes up half of Peru. The area is both remote and relatively unexplored giving the visitor a real sense of freedom. The Andes are the ‘piece de resistance’ of this unique area where the soaring peaks reach unbelievable heights of 7,000 metres.
From the extraordinary Nasca lines in the south to the world’s largest adobe city at Chan Chán in the north, there are ample opportunities to immerse oneself in this country’s fascinating ancient history.