At a glance:
- Home of famous Incan citadel Macchu Picchu, easily reached by train
- Incan history, architecture and culture at every turn
- Gastronomic delights like ceviche, pisco sours and Amazonian chocolate
Why we love Peru
- Admiring Macchu Picchu early in the morning – there’s no question as to why it’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
- Relaxing in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas during the day always takes us back to what it must have been like in the Incan and Colonial times
- Visiting Chivay’s market in the Colca Canyon has always been a special experience – we love how the locals have always managed to keep their culture and language alive here
Peru’s colourful combination of culture, history, urban delights and natural wonders makes it one of the most alluring destinations in the whole of the South American continent. From making a pilgrimage by train or on foot to famous Macchu Picchu, to the puzzling geoglyphs of the Nazca Lines or savouring the tangy zing of ceviche in one of Lima’s best restaurants, Peru is as diverse as it is unforgettable.
Despite the country’s hundreds of Incan ruins, Macchu Picchu remains the most well-known. And it’s easy to see why. This ancient Incan Citadel seemingly hangs amidst the clouds, bordered on all sides by the densely forested foothills of the Andes. It’s also (surprisingly) easy to get to as well – take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes if you would prefer not to walk the 4-day Inca Trail.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is not quite as well-known as Machu Picchu, but it’s nearly just as impressive. About 15km north of Cusco, star attractions include the beautiful Inca citadels of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, as well as the markets and isolated weaving villages. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
Conversely, when it comes to urban and culinary delights, Peru doesn’t disappoint. Cusco was known as the heart of the Incan civilization, and the sophistication and skill visible in the old city’s architecture is spectacular. If you’re after a little fine dining – perhaps a plate of melt-in-your-mouth ceviche garnished with slivers of fiery chili – head to capital city Lima, where fusion cuisine brings together all of Peru’s cultural and geographic diversity.
Inspired by all that Peru has to offer? We don’t blame you. Get in touch with our travel designers and we’ll help you experience the very best of Peru.