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Holidays in Peru

If you could pick one single image that says "Peru", it would undoubtedly be the extraordinary Inca city of Machu Picchu. It is guaranteed to be a highlight of any Explore holiday to Peru but it’s not even half the story.

Peru has more ancient archaeological sites than any other country in South America, and often forgotten, northern Peru hides archaeological sites to match the south. Chachapoyas, the “Land of the Cloud people” is one of Peru’s least frequented and under-rated areas – the ruins of Kuelap are simply staggering.

There's much more to Peru than old stones. Whilst visiting Peru with Explore you can see life zones from mangroves to cloudforest, mist-fuelled oases in the desert to glacial lakes. Jungle covers 60% of the country, and in the reserve of Tambopata you can see a long list of birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies and even plants that have not as yet been fully catalogued.

Hiking in the magnificent Andes is one of the main draws for visitors, and on an Explore trip to Peru you can walk the iconic Inca Trail, taking your first glimpse of the ethereal Machu Picchu shrouded in mist, through the famous Sun Gate. Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time in this way transports you back through history to the Inca times. Machu Picchu’s neighbour, Cusco, is the gateway to this history, as well as providing endless sporting possibilities such as hiking to ruined cities, whitewater rafting or biking in the mountains. Explore trips to Peru also give you the chance to visit the porters community of Misminay and learn about the Andean way of life.

Moving south from Cusco you find the islands of Taquile and Amantani, in the sparkling waters of Lake Titicaca, where communities preserve ancient traditions. Towards the magnificent city of Arequipa, you can hike along pre-Hispanic agricultural terraces in the Colca Canyon, a remarkable chasm twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and look for mighty condors circling above you.


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