Peru, a magical land, steeped in mystery and beauty has captivated many hearts by its gorgeous Andean scenery, fine beaches, epic hiking trails, Amazonian adventures and its famous touristic hot spots – Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, to name a few.
Most first-time visitors to Peru come to walk the Inca Trail, a famous (typically four-day) hike to the 'Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu. However, a little-known fact about Peru is that about 60 percent of the country is covered by thick tropical rainforest. The Peruvian Amazon is lush and steamy, and home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, from large tropical flowers to howler monkeys and majestic jaguars. The two main entry-points, accessible by air, for a holiday in the Peruvian Amazon are Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado. From these cities, tours to isolated and eco-friendly jungle cabins can easily be arranged.
There are many more wonderful sights in Peru, including the mysterious Nazca Lines, the impressive Colca Canyon, the warm sands and surf of Manorca and the wonderful wildlife of the Ballestas Islands. Peru's capital, Lima boasts some fine Spanish-colonial architecture and a restaurant scene of international repute.
The country is also called “the gastronomical capital of South America”. Known for it’s phenomenal cuisine, Peruvian food has gained a lot of popularity around the world. The cuisine combines Inca influences with Spanish, African, Chinese, Japanese and Italian-inspired dishes. From the rich seafood of its coasts to the luscious meats and root vegetables of the Andes Mountains, to the unique Amazonian fruits and vegetables, this country offers a culinary experience that will blow your mind!