South America is a truly unique travel experience, with myriad landscapes and cultures. Many new South American travellers become intimidated by how much there is to do and how little of it is familiar. Don’t worry, once you get going, you’ll quickly fall in love with the towering mountains, long beaches, lush forests, old towns …
Peru is a country best known internationally for its remarkable Inca ruins, including the fabled terraces and temples of what became known as the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu.
But beyond this tiny slice of history, Peru is a country with a wealth of other, ever more ancient monuments, such as the striking mountain-top fortresses of Kuélap and Choquequirao. Throughout the country, the landscapes promising drama – be it 6,000-meter peaks or dusty, barren desert, while it’s also a place to delve deep into indigenous South American cultures, such as those of small, coffee producing regions or villages tucked deep into the encroaching jungle.
Dotted across the country are world-renowned museums where the history of the Mochica, Chimú, Paracas and Chavín cultures are laid bare, while along the coast, practice everything from surfing the waves of the Pacific to sandboarding down vast, undulating sand dunes.
Don’t miss this full round-up of Peru’s best destinations and places to visit – many of which we bet you’ve never heard of before.