Mountains, jungle, beaches and cities - Peru is a large country with much to offer! Peru offers a rich buffet of exquisite scenery, captivating cultures and all sorts of exhilarating activities, whether you are into physical exertion or spiritual insight. On its Western border picturesque beaches stretch along the Pacific Ocean and to the East the majestic national parks and wild jungles spread from South to North. Tucked in between the coast and jungle, rise the magnificent Andes Mountain, which serve as the spine of the country.
Go trekking, traverse the legendary Inca Trail and breathe in the divine serenity of the majestic Andes Mountains. Set off to the jungle, explore the lush scenery and discover an abundance of flora and fauna. Lay out, relax on the white sand beaches, ride the world-class surf of Peru’s coast and enjoy a colorful sunset. Go out in the cities, feel the vibrant life and savor Peru’s gastronomic treasures...
Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.
Lima /ˈliːmə/ is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population approaching 9 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the third largest city in the Americas (as defined by "city proper").
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Puno is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province with a population of approximately 149,064 (2014 estimate). The city was established in 1668 by viceroy Pedro Antonio Fernández de Castro as capital of the province of Paucarcolla with the name San Juan Bautista de Puno. The name was later changed to San Carlos de Puno, in honor of king Charles II of Spain. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period; they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a valley in the Southern Sierra in Peru that contains many famous and beautiful Inca ruins. It was called the Sacred Valley because it contains some of the best land in the region and was not a part of the Empire but the property of the Emperor or Inca himself.