Peru is also known as the ‘Land of the Incas’ and is one of the most popular destinations in South America. It is rich in history as is evidenced by its numerous archeological remains and colonial architecture that dots the major cities. Peru’s natural beauty is breathtaking, with rugged mountains, desert landscapes, forests, rivers and dense jungles.
Cusco is the place where most travelers head to in Peru; it is the gateway to Peru’s most famous archeological wonder – Machu Picchu. Cusco was the biggest and capital of the Inca Empire; today it fuses the Inca and the Spanish style architecture, creating a beautiful fusion of styles. The city acts as a base to head off on a trek to explore the Machu Picchu ruins, which are located on the heights of the Andes Mountains over 7,000 feet above sea level. These immense ancient ruins are a source of numerous debates and its origin remains a mystery. The city of Arequipa is also a great destination to explore ancient colonial architecture, and has been named a World Heritage Site to confirm it. It is also the entry point for adventures in the Colca Canyon and Colca Valley. For nature and animal lovers, Iquitos is the perfect destination, offering biodiversity in nature tourism with its abundance of national reserves and teeming with wildlife. It is also ideal for sailing the Amazon River and cruising through the dense jungle.
Peru is one of the few destinations in the world with such extreme environments and of all the places in South America if I could only choose one if would be this. Whether you want a gateway to the past, a nature experience in the jungle or a cultural experience in a village, Peru is home for every possible travel experiences. And then the iconic Machu Picchu adds the cherry on top.