Plaza de Armas, Lima
Peru is described as “the richest country in the world,” with an abundance of nature, culture and history to entice. Visiting Machu Picchu remains the main drawcard to South America’s third-largest country. Along with ancient cultures, it has varied landscapes from the Pacific Coast to the Andes and the deep forests of the Amazon. There is a multitude of flora and fauna that call the region home and also extraordinary people.
Venture away and enjoy the surf, sand and sun along a Pacific framed beach. Take a tour sipping local wines and beers or maybe take the plunge and zipline through the canopy of the world’s largest rain forest – the Amazon. Trekking tours either into the Amazon or through the clouded tops of the Andes are a pure delight with a healthy dose of nature not seen anywhere else on Earth, and the vistas are simply incredible.
Known as the City of the Kings, Lima is Peru’s capital city and a symbol of its Spanish colonial history, industry, and independence. Check out one of Lima's several local museums, for both indigenous and colonial history. For great shopping, cafes, bars and nightlife try the neighbourhood of Miraflores. Or, for something completely different, take a stroll through Parque del Amor, (Park Of Love) with spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean.
With a multitude of historical sites, try the ancient clay pyramid of Huaca Pucllana or for a further dose, take a tour of the Nazca Lines or the desert oasis of Huacachina. Check out the festivals – they are colourful and fun and one for every month of the year. Once the exploring is over, venture into a local bar for some traditional food and beverage. Peru's become a culinary hot spot with world-acclaimed chefs and restaurants popping-up and the good news is they won't break the budget.
Located just south of the equator, Peru has two main seasons: Dry and Wet. The Dry season from May to October is considered the best time to travel, also to visit Cusco or trek to Machu Picchu. Peru has a wide range of environs from the Andes to the Amazon and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic.
Check the weather before you go as it fluctuates. There are several public holidays and festivals during the year which can impact on accommodation, tours and transport.