1. High life
Lake Titicaca straddles both Bolivia and Peru and is the world’s highest navigable stretch of water. The beautiful blue waters are home to indigenous people living and cultivating the land on Taquile Island and the floating Uros Islands. Explore it from Peru’s folklore capital, Puno.
2. Jungle jaunts
Discover the jungles of ‘deepest, darkest Peru’! Puerto Maldonado is the starting point to visit the reserves of Manu and Tambopata in search of tapir, capybara and colourful birdlife. Further north, cruise down the Amazon river from Iquitos (the world’s largest city that can’t be reached by road) to find wildlife and rainforest, as well as the resident ancient Amazonian tribes.
3. Best of the beaches
Although it’s not known for its beaches, Peru has some wonderful seaside havens in which to relax after a busy sightseeing or trekking holiday. Located in the north, Cabo Blanco was the inspiration for Ernest Hemmingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and is a great place for surfing and fishing, while Vichayito and Los Pocitas are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
4. Pretty cities
Arequipa is surrounded by three volcanoes and is a bustling town with baroque architecture, a huge cathedral and a serene, 400-year-old convent. Also, visit the Museo Santuarios de Altura to discover one of the world’s best-preserved mummies!
Cusco has something for everyone. There’s fabulous colonial architecture, stunning scenery, great trekking, river rafting, mountain biking, beautiful textiles and traditional handicrafts. It stands at the head of the Sacred Valley with stunning views of the Andes Mountains, the colourful market at Pisac and, of course, incredible Inca ruins.
5. Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon, is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA, is home to the majestic Andean condor which can be seen soaring, sometimes at eye-level, in the early morning skies. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of snow-capped mountains and pre-Inca terracing before relaxing in the thermal springs.