The toughest part of traveling to Peru is deciding what you want to see and do. With an abundance of wildlife, an ever-changing landscape, and a fascinating history, the country offers one of the most diverse travel experiences you will ever have. From the highest peaks of the Andes Mountains to the dense jungles of the Amazon Rainforest, you will be transported to an exotic land of different cultures, habitats, and ecosystems.
What we love about visiting Peru is the multitude of choices. Whatever type of vacation you want, you can have it. Be it the challenge of hiking the Inca Trail or relaxing on a beach, Peru has it all. We’ve never experienced a country where you can be sweltering in the jungle for a few days and then hop on a flight and see the snowcapped mountains of the Andes mountain range.
Even the cultural experiences change in Peru. While Lima is a cosmopolitan hub of business and commerce, the Quechua people of the Andes still herd llamas and sell arts and crafts, and the tribes of the rainforest live off the land and the fruits of the Amazon River. And how can you forget the ancient Inca civilization? The history is fascinating. We love walking through the ancient cities of Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo to learn about the people, but also take in the views of the incredible mountain landscapes. Peru is truly beautiful.
We could tell you all about it, but a picture really is worth a thousand words. We gathered many images from our travels through the country. On our first visit, we focused on the Sacred Valley, the desert dunes of Huacachina, and the coast. Our next visit took us into the Amazon and more of Lima. We saw diverse wildlife—from species in the rainforest to marine life similar to what you’d see in the Galápagos. But instead of having us go on and on, sit back and relax, grab a cup of rich South American coffee, and enjoy a visual journey through one of the most diverse countries in the world.
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