Most city dwellers understandably choose to bypass the capital Lima, but for anyone with even a passing interest in gastronomy, this oceanside city is home to some of the continent's best restaurants, many of which are well worth visiting and we recommend at least two to three nights to get a sampling of Lima's innovative cuisine.
A short flight to the east takes you to the colonial city of Cusco. One of our favourite things about Peru is that once you arrive in Cusco, you can visit so many places travelling overland which is a rarity in Latin America. From the airport, drive down into the Sacred Valley to explore lovely markets and some of the lesser known Incan Ruins before setting off to the jewel in Peru's crown - Machu Picchu. Whether you choose the luxury lodge to lodge trek, or camp along the Inca Trail or simply take the train up to the ruins, you will not be disappointed by this impressive ancient citadel.
A couple of nights back in the beautiful colonial city of Cusco rounds off a trip to this region of Peru, after which the options are endless. Culture vultures can travel by train on one of the country's most scenic journeys to Lake Titicaca, believed in Andean culture to be the birthplace of the mother and father of the Incas, as well as the birthplace of the sun. The islands are home to pre Incan temples, while today's inhabitants still dress in traditional brightly woven Peruvian clothes.
If wildlife is more your cup of tea, head into the Peruvian Amazon. Taking a small luxury cruise along the river from Iquitos is the ultimate way to explore and get to know the jungle, and there are also some fabulous lodges if you are happy to swap luxury for something a little more rustic.
Finally, for those who have a little more time to explore, we can also arrange trips to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Arequipa, flights over the mysterious Nazca Lines and stays at the Colca Canyon, where the adventurous can enjoy some trekking and rafting, or you can simply marvel at the breathtaking scenery and watch the condors circling above you at Condor Cross.
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