Peru

What you need to know before you go

    Peru is home to some of the world’s most impressive natural sights, including the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nazca Lines. This small yet beautiful country lies on the western part of South America, and is bordered in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Fans of the outdoors can enjoy challenging hiking opportunities at Huascaran National Park – home of the snow-capped Alpamayo Mountain – and Salkantay Pass, which leads to the extraordinary ruins of Machu Picchu high in the Andes mountains.

    The cities within Peru are rich in colonial history, pre-Columbian archaeological sites, and preserved architecture. Check out impressive churches and plazas in Lima’s historical centre, or plan a holiday in Cusco to see Incan ruins, stone homes, and textile markets. Peruvians also honour their unique heritage through fun-filled festivals, with street parades, loud music, and traditional performances taking place for days at a time. 

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    • Lima

      Lima, Peru’s capital, is a mix of colonial charm and modern entertainment. Its downtown historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll be surrounded by colonial buildings with bright colours and carved wooden balconies. For a test of courage, visit the iconic Peruvian catacombs beneath Saint Francis Monastery, which houses the preserved remains of over 25,000 people. 

      World-class surfing spots and paragliding excursions can be found in Lima’s vibrant districts. Miraflores has plenty high-end hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and nightclubs, many of which overlook the Pacific Ocean. No trip to Lima is complete without savouring its regional specialities – flavoursome ceviche washed down with a pisco sour. 

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