It’s impossible to talk about Peru without mentioning the awe-inspiring Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Follow the Incan Trail to this incredible site, and explore the Sacristy, the principal temple, the historical sanctuary and the Sacred Plaza with its viewing platform where you can look out across the Rio Urubamba and the Cordillera Vilcabamba.

Machu Picchu isn’t the only amazing site in this beautiful country. Explore the ruins of a Chimor mud city at Chan Chan, and fly over the mysterious Nazca geometric lines and shapes that cross the desert.

Cathedral of Cusco, Peru

Cathedral of Cusco, Peru

Nature buffs can explore the mountainous Huascaran National Park, the Paracas National Reservation, Manu National Park and Rio Abiseo National Park. Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America, where you can enjoy the traditional Andean islands and the Titicaca Reserve which was created in 1978. The area has 60 different bird species and 18 species of amphibian, making it ideal for bird watchers and wildlife lovers.

Mancora offers great beaches and the chance to surf for those who want to work on their tan, and at weekends and on holidays, you’ll find quite a party in the local nightlife. Arequipa is Peru’s second city, with volcanic peaks, and with amazing countryside to explore, including the Colca Canyon and the Valley of the Volcanoes.

For the adventurous, Peru is a haven of horseback riding, paragliding, canoeing, zip lining, kayaking, rafting and a whole lot more. Trekking is one of the best ways to see this stunning country, with a variety of trails, of course, including the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; or try the Inka Jungle trek, the Salkantay trek, or the Ausangate trek, among others.

Native peruvian women

Native peruvian women stand in center of textile production in Cusco Peru Photo: PixieMe