Peru Travel ...
Mysterious, majestic...mind blowing

Peru travel is an impressive combination of nature, archaeology and adventure. Peru travel is a gem waiting to be discovered by you. A unique South America travel experience like no other...

We travelled to Peru for the first time in the spring/summer of 1989. We were doing a reportage about Peruvian artists, artisans and people in general

Arrived to Lima in a hot, humid August afternoon and soon realized that we needed some time to adjust to the new environment, as we were coming from a long stay in Australia with a short stop over in Argentina to see family and friends.

View of Colca Canyon. Peru
Colca Canyon by Bruno Iglesias - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Peru is a land of huge contrasts - not only nature ways - but social and economical ones as well.

The majority of the population are American Indians who live in the highlands, speak Quechua and live pretty much as their Inca ancestors did.

The mestizo population - part European descendants, part American Indians - comes second.

There is a minority of white European descendants who live mainly in the flatlands and hold the political and economical power in the country.

In addition, the ethnic diversity of Peru doesn't finish here, includes as well black Americans, Japanese and Chinese population. Also, in the Amazon rainforest there are at least fifty three ethnic groups who survive by means of fishing, hunting and agriculture.

Peru Facts
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Capital: Lima
Language: Spanish (Official)
Population: 28,409,897
Area: 1,285,200 / 496,216
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Exchange Rate: 0.33448 per US Dollar (February 2008)
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Peru culture is incredible. Read this e-book produced by PromPeru...Festivities, Music and Folk Art in Peru. Download this PDF file here.

Or try the Spanish version of it...Fiestas, Musicas y Arte Popular en el Peru.
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Our first Peru travel outside Lima was to Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian jungle and gateway to navigate the Amazon river.

Peru Map

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Courtesy of UN Cartographic Department

The city had its economical boom back in the 1880s, together with Manaus, with the "rubber expansion" (gum tree exploitation).

Please catch a boat an explore the area. This is a TOP Peru travel experience!
It was there that we met a shaman and tried Ayahuasca for the first time.

The second Peru travel experience took us to Ayacucho, about 2.800 meters above sea level. It's a beautiful city, with plenty of colonial architecture and many different things to see.
It's also home to famous artists from Peru, and artisans as well. Visit Peruvian Art and Peruvian Art Part Two for more info

Peru's Top Destinations

No travel to Peru could be considered as such until you visit the legendary city of Cuzco and last stronghold of Inca civilization: Machu Picchu.

Peru Travel: Loreto natives in the Peruvian Amazon
Loreto Natives, Peruvian Amazon - ©PromPeru

Hiking the Inka trail (Inca trail), is something you wouldn't want to miss. One of the most important Peru tourist attractions.
Equally important is to pay a visit to Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman and the colorful market of Pisac.

Still in the Inca region, visit National Park and Reserve of Manu. Almost two million hectares of the most wildlife-packed rainforest in the world.


We cached a train from Cuzco to Puno (Juliaca) because we wanted to navigate Lake Titicaca and visit Taquile island as well as the floating community of Uros people.

Back to Lima to gather some strength, we went to photograph a couple of bullfights at Plaza de Acho, explored the city at night - particularly Miraflores and San Isidro districts - and savored lots of Peruvian cuisine.
Peru food is delicious, famous worldwide, just don't forget to try ceviche and pachamanca.

We traveled to Chincha - cradle of Afro-Peruvian culture - and loved every single minute of it.
Their warmth and friendliness was amazing.

We felt at home as nowhere else in Peru, at the rhythm of guitar, cajon and bongos. Also tried the best Pisco (grape brandy) ever.

Paracas and the Ballestas Islands is another good side trip not far from Lima. On the way to the islands you can see a gigantic candelabra drown by the Paracas.
So is Ica and the incredible Nazca lines.
If you love archeology as we do, your Peru travel holidays shall include...

To learn more about Peru's archaeological treasures, please download this booklet produced by the Corporation or Tourism Promotion of Peru (PromPeru).
It's called Peru's Pre-Hispanic Archaeological Legacy.
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Try it in Spanish language if you're more comfortable with it:Pueblos y Legados Arqueologicos del Peru
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We flew to Arequipa - around 1000 kilometers south of Lima - as we wanted to visit the birthplace of Vargas Llosa, provably the most internationally known Peruvian writer, and to have a look at Colca and Cotahuasi canyons.

Our time (and budget) in Peru was coming to an end, but we still had a couple of destinations to cover. We wanted to visit Huaraz, the center of climbing and trekking, and the Huascaran National Park. We left Peru just before Christmas to return to Buenos Aires, with the fulfillment of having experienced one of the most incredible journeys in our lives.

Peru travel is fantastic and a superb South America travel experience in it's own right!...

Huayhuash Trek. Peru
Huayhuash Trek by AllOverThePlanet - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Before you go we'd like to thank you for your visit , and if you're fond of travel photography, the photo galleries found at the following pages will certainly give you a nice visual insight...

Where to Stay:

For the independent/solo traveller, budget accommodation (hostels) is the best way to go. Book Hostels in Peru here.

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