South America doesn't get more exotic than Peru. This gorgeous country is fringed by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Its diversity is well-known and its natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and historical attractions are some of the reasons why it is such a major draw with the tourists.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. It is the number attraction of Peru. Situated high upon a ridge, 300 meters above the Urubamba River, the ethereal Inca City of Machu Pichu is one of the most fascinating wonders of a ruined city anywhere in the planet. Its spectacular backdrop of steep, luscious and cloud-covered mountains prove to be just as magical as well. Hikers will enjoy hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - one of the globe's most popular mountain treks. The scenic beauty literally takes your breath away and you're left awestruck.
Spend some time at Lima - the country's capital city. The largest metropolis of the nation is home to a plethora of attractions. One of them is the main square - Plaza de Armas, housed in the heart of the city's historic district. Stroll around the area to catch a glimpse of all the historical sight-seeing points housed there. Be sure to visit the gorgeous colonial city of Arequipa. It is known for its warm sunshine year-round. Wander about the gorgeous cloisters of the Monastery of Santa Cataina or drop by at the the Museo Santuarios Andinos to see Juanita, a perfectly preserved mummy of a sacrificial Inca girl.
If you're a nature lover, then spending ample amount of time at the glittering blue water of Lake Titicaca is an absolute must. It is fringed by towering verdant hills and quintessential tiny village, delivering a gorgeous mesh of scenic beauty and potent culture. Perched at 3,820 meters above sea level, Lake Titicaca is known as the highest navigable lake in the globe. Get captivated by the mysterious and ancient Naza Lines, expansive and incredible geoglyphs engraved into the desert floor, 420km (265 miles) south of Lima. Some of the notable designs displays animals, including birds, felines and reptiles.
One of the must-see cities is the ancient metropolis of Cusco. Walk through the winding cobbled streets and imagine life 1,000 years ago. Its mostly known for being the gateway to the incredible Machu Picchu and the iconic Inca trail but the city is popular in its right as well. Beach-a-holics can spend some time at Mancora, popular with sun-worshipers and surfers.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for Peruvian handicrafts such as alpaca wool sweaters, alpaca and llama rugs, Indian masks, colourful weaving and silver jewellery. As for cuisine, do dig into some of their local delicacies such as Ceviche (raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice, onions and hot chillies) and Tamales (Boiled corn dumplings filled with meat and wrapped in a banana leaf).
The stay options in Peru are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for tourists who can choose which kind to opt for based on their budget and taste.
The climate of Peru differs from region to region. The best time to travel to Peru is during the dry months - from April to November.