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Peru, Culture and Adventure

There is nowhere quite like Peru. You could start your journey sandboarding on the dunes at Huacachina, and a few days later witness the awe of the majestic Machu Picchu, or walking in the enthralling rainforest in the Amazon. The range of experiences available in this unparalleled country is astonishing. At Destination Seekers our specialist Adventure Designers have extensive personal experience of Peru and would love to share their passion and expertise with you.

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The capital Lima is great place to spend a day or two. A walking tour of the city allows you to experience the impressive colonial architecture, including the beautiful Plaza De Armas. Heading south from Lima you encounter the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Nazca Lines. These mysterious desert drawings created by the Nazca people around 300BC have huge historical and cultural significance. They can be viewed from the high platform situated on site, or alternatively from a private plane.Continuing south you will find yourself immersed in some of the most famous sites in the world. Nothing is more iconic than the breath-taking sight of the Incan Citadel Machu Picchu at sunrise. To be lucky enough to witness this magical moment you must hike the legendary Inca Trail. Set high in the Andes, these treks are well worth the time and energy required. Alternatively, you can enter Machu Picchu in the morning from the local town, Aguas Calientes.

Cusco is a wonderous city and it is recommended that all visitors to Peru spend some quality time here. You could lose yourself in this Peruvian Andes city; wandering the steep cobbled streets and seeing how the Incan and Spanish colonial architecture blend together, sampling local delicacies such as ‘cuy’ (guinea pig), learning about the history of chocolate and making your own, or sitting with a beer in the Plaza De Armas watching the world go by.   

Famous for being the world’s highest navigable body of water and for its floating villages, the splendid Lake Titicaca can be found further south in the Andes straddling the border with Bolivia. The lake is like a dream. Take a boat trip over the still and brightly reflective waters and visit the unique communities that inhabit the 41 floating islands built entirely of totora reeds. From here you can continue your Peru tour or cross the border and start exploring more of South America.

Heading further south you will find Arequipa, a gem with a fantastically preserved central square and relaxed vibe. This is a jumping off point for Colca Canyon, which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru. Here you will find Incan terraces, beautiful rivers and impressive volcanoes. Colca Canyon is also the best location to see the famous Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world.   

A lesser travelled part of this unique country, for those with a bit more time or wanting to get off the beaten track northern Peru also offers incredible experiences and adventures. Travel to Huaraz, a paradise for trekkers and climbers planning to head off on a high-altitude adventure. Both the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash, famous for the dramatic climb of Siula Grande documented in the film ‘Touching the Void’, are reached from here. For mountain lovers this is an outstanding oasis of glaciers and high peaks not to be missed.Other highlights in the north include the beautiful city of Chachapoyas and the nearby pre-Incan ruins of Kuelap, the distinctive town of Iquitos which is only accessible by boat or plane, and the Tres Fronteras in the intoxicating Amazon, which consists of Santa Rosa de Yavarí (Peru), Leticia (Colombia) and Tabatinga (Brazil).

Whatever you choose to include in your bespoke itinerary you are guaranteed the adventure of a lifetime in this phenomenal destination. At Destination Seekers we would love to be part of this journey to ensure your Peru escape is perfect.

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