A land of Inca ruins, delicious food and breathtaking landscapes, Peru has it all. Because of its rich cultural history and high biodiversity, this stunning country is heaven on earth for both culture and nature lovers. Whether you are looking for hiking adventures, luxurious beach getaways, learning about the Inca Empire, sandboarding in the desert, everything is possible in beautiful Peru.
The Peruvian Coast measures 2415 kilometers (1500 miles) and exists out of beautiful beaches tempting guests to just relax under the palm trees. They should not just stay there, however, since tourists can also visit wonderful natural and cultural sites in this region.
From the small town of Paracas, for example, travelers can sail to the Ballestas Islands to observe the huge colony of sea lions and penguins. Also the mysterious Nazca Lines are located in Peru’s coastal area and are located not far from Huacachina, a lovely oasis surrounded by desert.
Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains, is without doubt the most famous Inca complex in the world and a once-in-a-lifetime destination. However, the Andes in Peru have much more to offer, both in terms of culture and nature. In the area of Cusco, once the exciting capital of the Inca Empire, wonderful treks of different levels lead through impressive landscapes of canyons and valleys.
One of those valleys is the Sacred Valley, hidden under the skirts of lush green mountains, with interesting cultural sites and colorful indigenous markets. Another highlight of Peru is Lake Titicaca with its floating islands and interesting community life.
Peru exists for 60% out of rainforest that covers the entire eastern part of the country. This endless jungle is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and home to many exotic species, such as sloths, anacondas, monkeys and jaguars, even though feline species are shy and very rarely seen in the jungle. In Manu National Park, located northeast from Cusco, visitors have the biggest opportunity to spot wildlife. Further south, Puerto Maldonado also offers wonderful jungle options.