With its Andean populations inheriting a radiant past, Peru is a land of tradition. It is the cradle of the oldest civilization of America (Caral) and remains world famous for its Inca and pre-Inca vestiges such as the emblematic Machu Picchu or the enigmatic Nazca Lines. The Peruvian landscapes reserve superb contrasts through its deserts, its mountains of the Altiplano, its lakes, its Pacific coast and its Amazonian forest.

Major places to visit in Peru: Machu Picchu, Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca, Sacsayhuamán, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, Ollantaytambo, Huacachina, Ballestas Islands National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Gocta Cataracts, Arequipa, Pisac...

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Your Peruvian adventure starts in Lima, the country’s capital, where you will explore the unique historic centre aptly named the “City of Kings”. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 for its high concentration of historical monuments. Next, you will travel to the legendary “White City” of Arequipa. Located in the Chili River Valley of the Andes Mountains (2,200 metres above sea level), this beautiful city is surrounded by three volcanoes. It has impressive Baroque-style buildings constructed with sillar, volcanic rock. Before departing for the city of Puno, your last stop on the Arequipa itinerary is the world-famous Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena. A spectacular journey awaits you on the road to the mythical region of Lake Titicaca. This scenic route takes you through the Pampa de Quiscos highlands and the stunningly diverse Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve (home to llamas, alpacas and vicuñas).

According to Inca legend, Lake Titicaca is where the god Viracocha created the world. You’ll be crossing the world’s highest navigable lake (some 3,800 metres above sea level) to meet the indigenous Uru people, who are renowned for living on self-made, floating islands, made entirely from woven reeds. Then, you will explore the popular attractions of five of the Urubamba Province districts, including the town of Urubamba, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the fortress of Ollantaytambo; the salt flats of Maras; the traditional weaving workshops of Chinchero and finally a scenic train ride, along the Andes, to the legendary Machu Picchu. A guided tour of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire (also known as the “Navel of the World” in Quechua), will be the final stop on this tour.