Snowy top-hats of the Andes, winding waterways of the Amazon, Machu Picchu rising from the green
Most famous for ‘lost cities’ concealed between the Andes and the Amazon rainforest, Peru is the hiding place of more stories untold. Home to high reaching mountains and deep volcanic crevices where dense rainforest is divided by weaving waterways, Peru exceeds any adventurer’s expectations.
The enchantment of Peru lies in its natural diversity. A flight into Lima greets visitors with the drama of a desert coastline. The flirtations of curling waves caress the parched shorefront. The open expanse of the Pacific is a precursor to the endless possibilities this country has to offer. This is a land with the power of time-travel.
An ancient network of paved trails journey through Peru’s incredibly diverse cultures and ecosystems. Incan and other pre-Colombian settlements are entangled into the cloud forests that drape over the Andes. Wind through self-sustained Quechua villages toward towering walls of citadels frozen in time. A walk in Peruvian altiplano connects us to its ancestry - it is a gentle reminder of the genius of humanity.
Adjust to higher altitudes in Cusco, before inhaling the oxygen-enriched air of the forests that shoulder the Sacred Valley. Following a day’s excursion along the Urubamba River, settle into an evening feast of fresh produce. Pick your own dinner from the gardens surrounding your lodging.
Peru is the source of the Amazon River, 60% of this country being occupied by rainforest. From stillness and serenity in higher regions delve into the dark depths that are busy with sound, colour and scent.
Experience the most unique natural sightings on earth: follow the trails of jaguar and ocelot, hear the haunting call of howler monkeys. From Iquitos, chase the waterways north and anchor up for sightings of pink dolphin and giant otter. Further south, treehouses in Tambopata welcome visitors, immersing us within the intimacies of Peru’s ecology.
Waterfalls cascade in the world’s greatest chasms, the fast flowing currents plummeting toward stillness and serenity of thermal springs in Colca. Let hydro-therapy work wonders, and free-flow towards the revitalising shores of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest expanse. Bordering Bolivia, feel myth and legend pulsate through the lapping current as you follow the horizon in search of the floating islands.
Peru is an icon of natural, historical and cultural diversity. The complex roots connect present day Peru to its sophisticated Incan and pre-Colombian civilisations that came before. It is a country with many stories to tell. A country where visitors leave more grounded.
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