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A land of lost cities, ancient civilisations and colourful people, Peru is an explorer’s paradise as there is so much to find out and discover. With peaks of the Andes mountain range that top 7,000m down to a Pacific coastline, Peru is also one of the most varied of the South American countries.
You probably will not be able to cover both ranges of holiday in one go, so depending on what you want to do in Peru will determine at what time of year you visit. Fortunately flights to Peru continue to land here all year round from all over the world so you can pick and choose.
The most famous site in Peru
There is no doubt that ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu, is the best known site in Peru. It can be reached either by train or by trekking along the Inca Trail where hot springs in the nearest town can ease your weary bones.
The reason for the fascination with this ancient city in Peru is its mystery. Undiscovered until 1911, it is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the early explorers so archaeologists rely on speculation and guesswork as to why it is here. Many theories have been put forward but all agree, due to the many ornamental relics found and the high quality of the stonework, that is was an important ceremonial centre for the Incas who lived there five centuries before.
The highest lake in the world
Another name that conjures up exoticism and beauty is Lake Titicaca - Peru and indeed South America’s largest lake. Sitting at 3,820m above sea level, it is the highest navigable lake anywhere and to the people of Peru is a great source of pride.
Being so high up, the air is incredibly clear and with the sunlight dancing off the water, it is a magical sight to behold. Dotted all over the lake are floating islands made of totora reeds where the Uros people of Peru live, a small tribe who took to the water centuries ago to avoid other aggressive tribes.
Deep in the jungle of Peru
If you do not mind a few midges or roughing it for a few days, take a trip into the Amazon rainforest. Here you can go on a trip down this great river of Peru, trying to spot a giant anteater or an armadillo, and then bedding down for the night in a jungle lodge.
Because of the thick vegetation in many places, you really need an experienced guide to help you spot Amazon creatures. Only five percent of the population of Peru live in this vast area and they are always keen to greet new faces so be prepared for a lot of interest if you come across a tribe.
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