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In Quechua, the language closest to that of the Inca, Peru means the ‘land of abundance.’ Peru is full of extremes: from lush, towering Andean peaks to rolling sand dunes on the coast to the largest, most diverse rainforest in the world, the Amazon jungle.

Peru is also rich in pre-Columbian culture with millions of citizens in the Andes mountains who still live, speak and work the way their ancestors did thousands of years ago.

On the Pacific coast of South America, between Ecuador and Bolivia and west of Brazil, Peru ranks among the world’s top producers of silver, copper, lead and zinc.

The Amazon makes up half of the area of Peru, the Andes mountains occupy a third, and the rest is coastal desert.

Some things not to miss on your trip to Peru:

Cusco, Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail, and many alternatives to the Inca Trail offer a glimpse into the mysterious and fascinating history of the Incas.

Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake spanning from Peru to the border with Bolivia with over 30 islands, some inhabited with cultures dating back to the pre-Colombian era.

The Nazca Lines on the Pacific coast are an unexplained world wonder. Lines etched into the landscape in the form of animals, geometric figures and a pair of hands.

The Amazon Basin is home to a plethora of diverse flora and fauna. Tourism is just starting to catch on in this area; you can take a boat tour or stay in a lodge.

The Cordillera Blanca and Huascaran National Park are some of the world's premier trekking and mountain climbing destinations, loaded with dozens of spectacular towering white peaks.

Booking a tour is highly recommendable to make the most of your time, see: All Peru Tours, Machu Picchu Tours, Sacred Valley Tours, Cordillera Blanca Trekking and Tours, Cusco Tours.

02 Nov 2015

Check out Peru's Ruins

El Brujo

Once an important site used by the witches of Chicama, El Brujo (The Sorcerer) is a network of ruins and mounds dating back over 5,000 years. Situated in the Chicama Valley, 60 kilometers (36 mi) ...
Trujillo, Peru

Candelabro De Los Andes

108137An image carved into the north side of the Paracas Peninsula is one of South America’s most mysterious archeological sites: Candelabro de los Andes (Candlestick of the Andes, because of its ...

Cumbe Mayo

108847In the indigenous language Quechua, Cumbe Mayo means fine river, which is a fitting name for this ancient aqueduct, believed to be constructed around 1500 B.C. Located 19 kilometers (11.80 mi) ...
Cajamarca , Peru

Mirador and Cerro

125316The Nasca Lines can be viewed from a plane weaving the sky above them, or from other, more down-to-earth vantage points. The cerro is a solitary hill in the midst of this vast desert. Climbing to the ...
Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

San Ignacio Miní

138513San Ignacio Miní, in its pre-exodus incarnation, was located in the Territorio del Guairá in Brazil’s modern Paraná state. Founded in 1609 by Fathers José Cataldino and Simón Maceta, this was ...
San Ignacio, Argentina

Chan Chan

101573Located five kilometers (3 mi) west of Trujillo, Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and the capital of the Chimú kingdom. It dates from around 1300 AD. Some archaeologists ...
Trujillo, Peru

Pisac Ruins

103015The ruins of the fortress at Pisac are among the most interesting in Peru. Today, historians and archaeologists believe that Pisac was a compound that served mainly as a line of defense against the ...
Pisac, Peru

Chavín de Huántar

Located about three to four hours east of Huaraz, the massive temple fortress of Chavín de Huántar is one of the last remaining large scale reminders of the Chavín culture, which stretched across ...

Ruins of Cahuachi

The ceremonial city of Cahuachi is located at the lower section of the Nasca Valley, virtually in the middle of the desert north of Nasca. Since 1982, the Centro Italiano Studi e Ricerche ...
Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Ruinas Vilcashuamán and Baños Intihuatana

A four-hour (110-kilometer) bus journey south of Ayacucho brings you to Vilcashuamán (meaning Sacred Falcon), the Incan provincial capital at the crossroads of their Cusco-Pacific and north-south ...
Ayacucho, Peru


103219Perched forebodingly in the hillsides rising above Cusco, the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuamán are some of the most impressive ruins in the area. Though few structures now remain inside, the massive ...
Cusco, Peru

Highlights of Peru

The Sacred Valley

102417The Sacred Valley is the valley west of the sloping edges of the mountain town of Cusco. This area is rich, not only in fields, farms and views, but also in ancient Inca ruins, particularly Pisac and ...

Quilotoa Loop

The region that has come to be known as the Quilotoa Loop boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ecuador, and is perfect for travelers seeking a taste of indigenous farm life and spectacular ...

Lake Titicaca

101593At 3,812 meters (12,503 ft) above sea level, Lago Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. With a surface area of approximately 8,560 square kilometers (3,305 sq mi), it is also the ...

Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

102845Nestled among spectacular snow-capped mountains and decorated with quaint Andean villages and Inca Ruins, the Sacred Valley and Cusco region tempts visitors with its cultural charms and natural ...

The Lake District

101765The Lake District is Chile’s most visited area, and it’s not difficult to see why. Much of the region, which comprises several huge lakes, forests and snow-capped volcanoes is protected in ...

Land-Based Galápagos Tours

101251Hotel-based, or land-based tours, are similar to navigable tours in that they combine visits to land and marine sites in the archipelago. The major difference is that combination tours include ...
Adventure Tour, Adventure Tour List, Diving, Region

Lake Titicaca

101488Although it is situated at a lofty 3,810 meters (12,500 ft) Lake Titicaca is no longer acknowledged as the world's highest navigable lake. This takes away nothing, however, from the vast body of ...
Region, Info.

The Amazon Basin

101442Bolivia\'s relatively untouched, sparsely-populated Amazon Basin, which includes the northeastern rainforest of the Beni and Pando departments, is a uniquely pristine area of jungle abounding with ...

Pacific Islands

Chile’s offshore assets are as alluring as the mainland. Each year, thousands of tourists make the five-hour plane journey to Easter Island, now one of the most popular travel destinations for ...

Podocarpus National Park

Podocarpus National Park is one of the jewels of Southern Ecuador and is named after the Podocarpus tree, the only native conifer in the Ecuadorian Andes. Spanning 1,462 square kilometers (564.5 sq ...
Region, National Park
Loja, Ecuador

Peru's Spectacular Hikes

The Inca Trail

102040Characterized by rugged ascents boasting magnificent views of Andean scenery and trails that wind their way through the cloud forest and past ancient archaeological sites, the Inca Trail is perhaps ...
Hiking, Major Attraction, Trekking
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru


102675Quito’s best-known tourist attraction offers some of the most spectacular and most easily accessible views of the city. There are 18 gondolas that soar up the side of Quito\'s western mountain ...
Hiking, City Park
Northern Quito, Quito, Ecuador

Four-Day Inca Trail Trek

103226To give you a better sense of what the four-day trek involves, we\'ve put together a brief day-by-day summary of the trip.Day 1Total Distance: 10 to 11 kilometers (6.2-6.8 mi) Arrive by train from ...
Hiking, Trekking
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru

Perito Moreno Glacier

103787The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. When it snows high in the Patagonian Andes, the snow and ice does not ...
Boating, Trekking, Hiking, National Park
El Calafate, Argentina


139954Another popular way to explore the Estero del Iberá is by hiking. Near the Reserva Provincial Iberá’s Centro de Visitantes Agua Brillante are three trails. Behind it are the Sendero del Cerrito, ...
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

Sitting a hefty journey south of Iquitos in a flooded rainforest between the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria is the largest and one of the best conserved protected areas ...
Hiking, Trekking, Birdwatching
Iquitos, Peru

The Lost City Hike / Ciudad Perdida Hike

137498 Treks to Teyuna (or Ciudad Perdida) combine the opportunity to see some of Colombia’s natural beauty with a fascinating insight into the ancient indigenous Tayrona culture. Usually a five-day ...

Hiking around Cuicocha Lake

The hike around Cuicocha Lake can be completed anywhere between 3.5 and 5 hours, depending on your general level of fitness. Most people head off around the lake anticlockwise from the restaurant. Be ...
Cuicocha Lake, Around Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Volcano Osorno

122637Volcano Osorno, elevation 2652 meters (8701 feet), is located on the northeast end of Lake Llanquihue, 51 kilometers from Puerto Varas. The pristine drive along the lake eventually leads into the ...
Puerto Varas, Chile

Valley of the Volcanoes

Characterized by an unearthly, ostensibly endless lava field dominated by the majestic snow-capped peaks of Coropuna and Escríbano, the Valley of the Volcanoes (Santuario Nacional Valle de los ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon Trekking

Colca Canyon has a good range of trekking opportunities, from easy day hikes to longer, more intense treks in and around the canyon.One of the most popular treks—and one done on most ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Colca Canyon, Peru

Shopping in Peru


108523Dédalo is a must see. Even if you don’t plan to spend any money, it is well worth the visit. Staged in an old refurbished house in Barranco, a block away from the sea, it offers Peruvian ...
Lima, Peru

Mercado Central

The Mercado Central (also known as the Mercado San Pedro) is perfect for evading the crowds of tourists and experiencing a little local flavor. Come here to buy groceries, sip a delicious fresh fruit ...
Cusco, Peru

Mercado El Molino

If you don\'t mind getting lost and repeatedly jostled by fellow shoppers as you walk back and forth along the endless rows of overflowing stalls, then spend an afternoon hanging out at the ...
Cusco, Peru

Mercado Artesanal

111462As you head from the Plaza de Armas, east towards Lake Titicaca, you arrive at the Mercado Artesanal just before Puno’s main port, Puerta Lacustre. This artisan market, representing several local ...
Puno, Peru

Seminario Ceramics

108547The artist Pablo Seminario is a local legend amongst cusqueños. He virtually invented a new form of ceramic artwork that integrates abstract modern styles with traditional Incan and pre-Incan ...
Cusco, Peru

La Cholita

108553Why this little chocolate manufacturer, after 50 years, has not attained the global clout commensurate with such continental competitors as Toblerone may be one of the biggest mysteries of Cusco yet. ...
Cusco, Peru


SBS is one of Cusco\'s most popular bookstores (it is part of a national chain), offering an extensive array of books in English and Spanish. You\'ll find novels in both languages as well as a ...
Cusco, Peru

Shopping In Huacachina

Along the south side of the lagoon and the passageway next to Hotel Mossone are artisan stands with the usual hand-made jewelry, post cards and other memorabilia of your stay at this magical spot. ...
Huacachina Oasis, Peru

Nasca Shopping

Taller de Cerámica EmiliaFelicita Calle Benavides (daughter of the great master Andrés Calle) and her family continue with the tradition of making excellent replicas of Wari, Nasca and Tihuanaco ...
Nasca, Peru

Sol Alpaca

144448Sol Alpaca, part of the Michell Group alpaca outlet stores, is one of Arequipa’s most respected manufacturers of sweaters, scarves, coats, table runners and other beautiful woolen items of very ...
Arequipa, Peru
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