Peru encompasses so much of nature’s wonders with all its concomitant pleasures. Infinite locations for the avid to explore and for those to leisurely admire
A visit to South America isn’t complete without a visit to the glorious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the puzzling geoglyphs etched into the arid earth at Nazca. Peru is a country with over 5000 years of history, one of the most diverse nations on the planet and is a destination that holds infinite vacation destinations.
Land of the Incas
Peru encompasses so much of nature’s wonders with all its concomitant pleasures. Infinite locations for the avid to explore and for those to leisurely admire.
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Peru is inordinately biodiverse due to the astounding variety of climates and ecosystems, with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west, to the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountains extending from the north to the southeast of the country, to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river.
Delve into over 5000 years of history to uncover one of the most diverse nations, reconnoitre bountiful archaeological sites full of customs that maintain the legacy of its ancient cultures, spanning from the Norte Chico civilization in Caral, one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America.
One of the most beautiful and impressive ancient sites in the world is Machu Picchu -The “Lost City of the Incas”, invisible from the Urubamba Valley below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces and watered by natural springs. Another is the vast adobe city of Chan Chan, the largest city in pre-Columbian America and why not to fathom the mystery of the Nazca Lines carved into the Peruvian desert!
South America isn’t complete without a visit to the glorious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the puzzling geoglyphs etched into the arid earth at Nazca. Peru is a country with over 5000 years of history, one of the most diverse nations on the planet and is a destination that holds infinite vacation destinations.
Explore the effulgent Peruvian Amazon jungle, with its tropical climate, lush vegetation and abundant fauna that is part of one of the planet's largest natural reserves. Ranked highly for its ample variety of plant species and wildlife, venture into the munificent forest to find the Condor, Black crocodile, Black spectacled bear, and unique Yellow-tailed woolly monkey.
The extremely dry northern desert coast is graced with transcendent, long, sandy beaches, with the Pacific Ocean’s extraordinary swells and breaks enticing surfers from afar. Cities in Peru that bestow the country’s top beaches include Piura, Tumbes, Trujillo and Lima.
A go-to destination for the fun fanatic, located near Ica is Huacachina, a tiny oasis town surrounding a small natural lake and itself surrounded by towering sand dunes. Once a playground for the Peruvian elite, now a playground for the international tourist- the big draw here is the opportunity to sand board and take dune buggy rides on the sand dunes.
Highlands: The climate is dry and temperate. The dry season is May-October and the rainy season December-March. Sharp contrast in temperature between sun and shade 20ºC (68ºF) to 2ºC (35ºF).
Amazon Jungle: The climate is tropical and humid. The summer or dry season is April to October with sunny days and temperatures above 30ºC (86ºF), and the rainy season is November to March.
Coastal: During summer (December-March) temperatures can reach 27ºC (80ºF); and winter (May-October) 12ºC (53ºF). It rarely rains on the coast.The far north coast enjoys sunshine all year round, with temperatures reaching 35ºC (95ºF) in the summer.
Having inherited a multitude of cultures, the mixture of traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields suchas art, cuisine, literature, and music.
Peru boasts an array of festivals that make up its cultural heritage, a never-ending series of events throughout the year bring bright colours and flavours to everyday life, from vibrant dances- Danza de Tijeras, Scissors dance- to profound religious acts of devotion- Pachamama, Pay the Earth Ceremony. For those captivated by culture, visit the artificial islands of the Uros on Lake Titicaca.
The lives of the Uros, a pre-Incan people, are interwoven with these reeds, which is a primary source of food and are also used to make their homes, their boats and even a reed flower tea.
Surrender to the spices of Peruvian cuisine, having recently received acclaim due to its diversity of ingredients and techniques, a blend of American-Indian and Spanish food with strong influences from African, Arab, and Asian cooking. Some recommended local dishes are Anticuchos, Ceviche and Pachamanca.
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