If you have an adventurous spirit, a luxury adventure holiday in Peru will probably have made it onto your ‘bucket list’ already. Rightly so. Such a fascinating destination offers many cultural, sightseeing and wildlife experiences — including the number one reason people come here — Machu Picchu. If you think you need weeks to explore, think again. Internal flights and trains are efficient, and they cover incredibly breathtaking scenery to keep you entertained.
Lima is where your adventure will begin. Explore the pretty plazas edged by Spanish colonial buildings and visit Casa di Aliga, a private residence lived in by the same family since 1535. Experience the changing of the guard at the presidential palace and then peruse the markets, shops, museums and galleries in town. Beaches are just a 30 minute drive away, where surfing is very popular, or head to a gourmet restaurant like Astrid and Garcon. Peruvian cuisine includes plenty of fresh fish plucked straight from the Pacific Ocean or the rivers in the highlands, so do try the excellent ceviche. For evening drinks, the bars of the bohemian Barranco district are great places to down a pisco sour.
Head to the city of Cusco: you’ll need to come through here en route to Machu Picchu. It’s at an altitude of 3,400m, so take it easy. Stay a couple of days, acclimatise and learn about Inca culture at the site of Saqsaywaman. People-watching in the main square is an eventful pastime. Marvel at the colonial architecture, as women in traditional dress walk their alpacas through the cobbled streets.
Travel on through the Andes passing meadows, snow-capped mountain peaks, rolling hills and villages, until you reach your train which will take you through the stunning Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes for your adventure to Machu Picchu. As the citadel ruins appear above the clouds, it’s one of life’s most awesome moments. A guided tour, preferably in the morning before the crowds arrive, will help you fully appreciate the Inca history.
If you’re hungry for more, Peru’s Nazca Lines (mysterious giant sketches located in the Nazca Desert and best viewed from the air); Lake Titicaca; cruises on the Amazon; the frozen mummies at Arequipa; and the Colca Canyon (home to the Andean Condor), will keep you mesmerised.
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