The republic of Peru has a population of 31.92 million people who live on a landmass spanning 1.285 million km2, making for some densely populated areas like the capital, Lima. The complexity of Peru is represented in its most intricate and exquisite traditional weavings and festivals mark ancient customs, the urban cities fuel innovation and nature is at her best in the country’s impressive biodiversity. Here are some things to know about Peru.
Visitors flock to the incredible archaeological site of Machu Picchu, yet this Inca Citadel is just a glimpse into the 5000-year history of Peruvian civilizations. Explore the sandy remnants of Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian ruins in all the Americas. Fly over the fascinating geoglyphs carved in the arid earth at Nazca. Or venture into the rainforest landscapes that surround the enduring fortress of Kuélap. In the Lima museums, reveal in full detail the sophistication, skill and passion of these lost civilizations. Visit remote communities, see living history for yourself, and learn about Peru by immersing yourself into these traditional cultures and ways of life, still evident in The Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the way of life has changed very little over the centuries.
Peruvians love their food and their cuisine is an excellent reason why! what to eat in Peru…try everything! Ceviche with raw fish intermingled with chili and corn, slow-simmered stews, velvet Amazonic chocolate……The capital of Latin American cuisine, has a plethora of dishes on offer. The diverse geographical and cultural diversity has brought ingredients ranging from highland tubers to tropical jungle fruits to a complex kitchen, with Spanish, indigenous, African and Asian influences. The truth is, fusion existed here long before it came with worldwide recognition. Explore the array of fresh produce in the food markets; Sample grilled anticuchos on the street corners and splurge on the exquisite novoandina dishes available throughout Peru.
From downtown Lima to the 5000-meter elevations of the Andes, this vast country is a paradise for the active traveler. Giant sand dunes, impressive peaks, humid rainforests and Pacific breaks are all just a few heartbeats away from the capital, and all the usual adventure activities such as rafting, paragliding, zip-lines, trekking and bike trails are present. Spot scarlet macaws in the Amazon or catch a sunset over ancient ruins. Take this big country in bite-size chunks to appreciate what´s on offer. Festivals can swallow you whole for days and there are plenty of them! When you travel in Peru you will quickly appreciate that the adventure usually lies in getting to your destination!
Welcome to a country of mythical beliefs where ancient celebrations unwind to the tune of booming brass bands. Peru's rich cultural heritage is never more real and vivid than when you are immersed in the swirling colors of a festival. Ancient deities are reincarnated as Christian saints, devout pilgrims summit mountains in the dead of night and giant saints are paraded through crowded plazas based on the ancient tradition of parading the mummified bodies of Inca Kings. History is intrinsic to the culture here and still living, and there is no better way to experience it than during a traditional festival on your visit to Peru.