Spanning the arid plains of the Pacific coast, the towering peaks of the Andes and the verdant jungles of the Amazon Basin, Peru is steeped in traditions and customs that have endured for centuries. Although one of the continent’s more well trodden tourist trails, its stunning wealth of historical and cultural treasures means that Peru is always worth a second look…and it doesn’t take much to get off the beaten track, in true Wild Frontiers style. Its matchless landscapes encompass the world’s highest navigable lake, the spectacular scenery of the Colca Canyon and Machu Picchu, without doubt the finest and most important archaeological site in South America.
Discovered by Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu is the jewel in Peru’s glittering crown of highlights. But the country can also boast the sand dunes of the Paracas Peninsula, the mysterious Nazca Lines and picturesque and historical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then there are the Inca ruins and colonial elegance of Cusco, the rich wildlife of the Amazonian rainforest and the sheer majesty of Lake Titicaca.
Home to some of South America’s finest cuisine, Peru can also offer up an enviable range of accommodation, from luxury hotel and charming boutique guesthouses, to remote lodges and welcoming homestays.
Arequipa's Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a maze of colourful colonial streets - a city within a city.