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Peru

Imagine epic scenery: forgotten temples entangled in jungle vines, cobwebbed ancient tombs baking in the desert sun and bejewelled buried treasures beyond all reckoning. Wild rivers that rage, pumas prowling in the night and hallucinogenic shaman rituals – it’s not just a movie here, it’s real life.

Like a continent in miniature, Peru will astound you with its diversity. Not even fierce Inca warriors or Spanish conquistadors could totally dominate such jaw-dropping terrain, from glaciated Andean peaks where majestic condors soar, to almost limitless coastal deserts, to the steamy rainforests of the Amazon basin. Peru is home to snow-capped mountains, giant sand dunes, flocks of brightly hued tropical birds, postcard-perfect volcanoes and rocky Pacific outcroppings inhabited by argumentative sea lions that will send your camera into overdrive.

Take it easy on the ‘Gringo Trail’ encircling the country’s top highlights, ending at the cloud-topping Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Or step off the beaten path and groove to Afro-Peruvian beats, chase perfect waves off a paradisiacal Pacific beach or ride a slow boat down the Amazon. Wherever your journey takes you in Peru, you’ll be welcomed by big-hearted folks that tackle their often-unfortunate lot with gusto and a deep lust for life. Small wonder, then, that the land of the Incas is one of the continent’s top picks for adventurous travellers.

Thank you to the Lonely Planet for the information above.

Links

Peru is a fascinating and exciting country, there is much to see and do. For useful information and further ideas about what sights & sites should be on your itinerary take a look at these links:
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Wikipedia
BBC
Peru by the Lonely Planet

Programmes

Awamaki

Awamaki is a non-profit organisation working with impoverished Quechua women weavers to improve their skills and increase their access to the market. The benefits of this are two-fold, to revitalise the weaving tradition and also to provide Quechua women with … Continue reading

Living Heart

Living Heart supports communities living near to the Sacred Valley in Peru. There are many vulnerable children and elderly men & women in the impoverished highlands of the Andes, Living Heart works to provide them with a better quality of … Continue reading