Peru is the ultimate destination for history buffs, thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Andean culture is very much alive, especially in remote localities such as the Uros Islands and the Andes themselves. And let’s not forget Peru’s incredible wealth of cultural history, with drawcards including Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Pyramids, the mammoth symbols of the Nazca Lines, the temple-fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the mountainside terraces lining the Cotahuasi and Colca canyons. Peru’s dramatic landscapes are a natural playground, with popular activities including rainforest canopy walks, long-distance treks, dune-buggy driving and sandboarding. Peru is truly the adventure seeker’s dream.
Fast facts about Peru
Where is it? Peru is in western South America, bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the Pacific Ocean.
How do I get there? Flights to Peru depart from Sydney and Melbourne. Airlines include Qantas, LATAM Airlines, Air Canada, Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific. The journey takes a minimum of 20 hours.
When should I go? Peru’s climate is agreeable all year round. Visit in January for warm, wet weather and abundant greenery; visit between May and September for clear blue skies and a blazing sun.
What should I do? Visit Machu Picchu, take a flight over the Nazca Lines, hike through the Valley of the Pyramids, catch some waves at Mancora, experience the Festival of the Sun at Sacsayhuaman, marvel at the floating villages of the Uros Islands and meander through local Andean markets.