• Peru offers sights for every traveller – landscapes ranging from its vast tracts of Amazon rainforest to its 2,414 km-long Pacific coastline, and from its Andean peaks to its plains.
  • Peru’s fascinating ancient history, with sites still being discovered by archaeologists, plus huge cultural diversity from its many indigenous, Spanish and African influences, is brought to life by its people and their vibrant cities, with both modern era and colonial treasures for visitors to explore.
  • Located in western South America, Peru is bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile; it shares world-famous Lake Titicaca and its floating rush islands (home to the Uros indigenous community) with Bolivia.
  • Featuring 28 of the 32 climate types found across the world, Peru is one of the top 10 megadiverse countries in the world.
  • Peru is home to endless flora and fauna (many species are endemic), with over 3,000 orchid species, over 1,800 bird species, and hundreds of mammal and reptile species; Peru’s natural world is bountiful.
  • With over 5,000 archaeological sites to explore in Peru – the best-known being Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and the Nazca Lines – there are myriad little-known places to savour without the crowds all over the country, from the mysterious Moche-civilisation Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna brick temples in northern Peru, to the Kuélap pre-Incan settlement in the Amazonas region, comprising hundreds of stone house ruins surrounded by a huge perimeter wall, which 1,500 years ago was home to the Chachapoyas people (known as the ‘Cloud Warriors’).
  • Peru is home to 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with both Natural and Cultural designations.
  • A top foodie hotspot, Peru was named the World’s Leading Culinary Destination for the 8th consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019; two of Lima’s renowned restaurants (Central and Maido) also ranked in the top 10 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2019. Its famed national drink is the refreshing Pisco Sour and its delicious national dish is ceviche (lime-marinated fish).
Lizzie Cooper or Sue Ockwell

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