About Peru

Few destinations have as much to offer visitors as Peru, an astonishingly varied country. Here you'll find panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, not to mention a fantastically rich history, archaeology, wildlife and enduring indigenous cultures. Peru is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Such a diverse landscape generates diverse pleasures; the visitor can hike through snowy peaks one day, and relax on the beach the next; paddle a dugout through lowland rainforest or hop on a traditional tortora reed boat on some of the world's highest lakes.

Visit Peru's top attraction, the awe-inspiring Inca city of Machu Picchu, perched atop a remote mountain northwest of Cusco. This World Heritage site is arguably the most important archaeological site in South America, not to mention its dramatic location. Trawl through five centuries of colonial history in Lima, admiring the handsome plazas and opulent mansions with their Moorish latticed wooden balconies or rift out upon Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, and visit the unique waterborne reed islands and boats of the native Uros people. Don't miss a trip to the capital of the Inca Empire, the Caral Complex and the Moche Ruins and for adventure fanatics, discover the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve Zone, 45km from Puerto Maldonado by river or simply delve into Manu National Park, Peru's greatest treasure in biodiversity.


Quick Facts

Location: Western South America

Time: GMT - 5

Capital: Lima


Visa: Pre-departure visas required for some nationalities.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Weather

The weather in Peru varies according to the area. On the coast winter lasts from June to September. During this period, the mountainous areas are often sunny during the day but cold at night. This is high tourist season and the best time to visit most regions. Heavy rains in the mountains and jungle last from December to April. It hardly ever rains in Lima and most of the coast, except for Tumbes and Piura, which have tropical climates.

Currency

The currency of Peru is the New Sol

Accommodation

  • The Meliá  Lima hotel is located in the residential and financial district of San Isidro. It is the nearest five star hotel to the Jorge Chávez Inter...

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  • In the heart of the traditional Miraflores district, just 2 blocks from Parque Kennedy and surrounded by Lima’s finest dining and shopping, is the Casa Andina Pri...

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  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in the naturally majestic Machu Picchu is an experience of a lifetime. Every holiday is custom organized for guests from the moment ...

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  • Situated in the natural grandeur of Cusco is The Picoaga Hotel. originally an old mansion of a Spanish noble, the Marquis of Picoaga (century XVII), it has now been con...

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  • Lima, the capital city of Peru, is a cosmopolitan and vibrant metropolis with a beautiful and historical center that boasts exquisite buildings dating back to colonial ...

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  • Machu Picchu (the Lost City of the Incas) is one of the most famous examples of Inca architecture, and is located 112 km from the city of Cuzco. Machu Picchu Sanctuary ...

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  • Las Casita del Colca by Orient Express is Peru's hidden gem, a luxury hotel and spa set in the peace and serenity of the Colca Canyon, one of the most visually stunning...

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  • High in the Andes, more than 3000 meters above sea level, lies Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express in the heart of the historic city of Cusco, famous for its unique blen...

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  • Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style mo...

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