The “Land of the Incas” offers a whole lot more. Whether you’re up for a trek through some of South America’s highest peaks, a wildlife expedition deep in the jungle, a surfing holiday on the beach, or a foodie tour through Peru’s famous culinary scene, you’ll find adventures to suit every style and budget.
Avoid the crowds at Machu Picchu and take a four-day trek to the mysterious citadel of Choquequirao, which gets just a handful of visitors each day. Or ride the newly opened cable car to Kuelap, a vast fortification perched in the cloud forest of northern Peru.
Adrenaline junkies should head to the mirage-like town of Huacachina, Peru’s ultimate sandboarding destination, with slopes up to 1,968ft (600m) long. If you’re not a boarder, the dune buggy rides are just as exhilarating.
From classics like ceviche to modern takes on traditional
With dense rainforest along its whole western border, Peru is a wildlife lover’s dream, home to monkeys, otters, exotic birds, and even jaguars. But only the Iquitos region lets you explore the Amazon River itself, and see rare creatures like the pink freshwater dolphin.
Chicama, on the central-north coast, is home to a cold-water break that you can ride for more than a mile (1.6km) when it’s connecting.
Navigate the challenging Class IV and V rapids of Cotahuasi Canyon, the world’s deepest. Or drift through the wildlife-rich Tambopata Reserve in Peru’s southern selva and camp out in the jungle.
In cities, towns, and villages across Peru, there always seems to be some kind of colorful celebration going on. But with two full weeks of dancing, music, parades, and fireworks, Puno’s extravagant Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria tops them all.
Pisco, a grape-based brandy, is Peru’s national spirit. There’s no better place for an introduction than historic Hacienda Bodega
In Inca mythology, an
Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake – a paddle on its sapphire-blue waters is a magical experience (and you’ll be able to see what those legendary floating islands are all about).
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