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Welcome to Peru

Peru is the third largest country in South America, stretching from the parched desert on the Pacific coastline to the lush Amazonian rainforest to the east. The sheer variety of landscapes in the country is quite staggering, encompassing soaring mountain ranges and vast tropical jungle, with beautiful beaches and picturesque islands along the coastline.

This mountain side region offers limitless possibilities in terms of sights, sounds, culture, food and nightlife- making it a veritable smorgasbord of facilities for its many adventurous visitors.

This wondrous geography gave rise to ancient empires, origins of which can be traced back thousands of years.

The most popular of these historical marvels is the 'Lost City of the Incas' Machu Picchu. Over half of all visits to Peru include a visit to this ancient city, and with its dramatic setting and magnificent old structures, it is easy to see why. Of course, the country has plenty of other heritage sites of equal beauty and grandeur, including the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco and the mysterious Nazca Lines.

For more active pursuits, the dramatic Peruvian landscape lends itself to a wide variety of sports and activities. From skiing on the snowy peaks of the Andes to white water rafting along the Amazon River to sand boarding on the desert dunes, the opportunities for adventure are virtually endless.

Various tours can take travellers through rainforests overflowing with wildlife to take in the views of some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth.

Giant sand dunes, tropical birds, sea lions and stunning snow capped mountains are all flickr favourites that make the perfect memories of time spent in this unique place!

As if that wasn’t enough you will also find an endless string of museums and ancient ruins all waiting for you to unlock the secrets and hidden history of this amazing, one-of-a-kind, cultural Mecca.

There is also plenty on offer if you want to let your hair down and find out what the local Peruvians do for a good time. Peru is home to a very lively club scene that comes in just the right measure more than enough to satisfy the club hungry- while maintaining a respectable distance for those that prefer the softer approach to a night out in a new town.

If dining out is your deal you’re also in the right place. Peru boasts and extensive range of culinary delights- from fish food to guinea pigs you’re pallet is in for an experience. Those with weaker stomachs and tamer tongues shouldn’t be put off though- there is plenty of international cuisine on every street corner to satisfy you!

Peru is a wonderful place waiting to be discovered. There is adventure on every corner of this magnificent region with no chance of running out of things to do!

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Things to do

Explore Inca Ruins: The most popular and unique tourist attraction in Peru is a visit to the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, the most visited site in all of South America. Set high in the mountains, the dramatic setting of this exquisitely preserved city attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco, is the base for most trips to Machu Picchu, and the ruins of the Inca fortresses in the towns of Ollantaytambo and Pisac are worth a visit as well. Shop at the traditional Markets: The Andean town of Pisac just short car ride from Cuzco, and its Sunday market is perhaps the finest handcraft market in the country. Natives from all over come in their traditional, colourful clothing to flog everything from musical instruments to Alpaca wool sweaters. Mountain Trekking: Hiking along the Inca trail is among the top things to do in Peru, and for good reason. Adventurers are rewarded with stunning views of snow-capped mountains, volcanic craters and glorious Inca ruins along the way.

There are climbs to suit every skill level which can take anywhere from two days to a week to complete. Enjoy the Beach: Along the coast North of Lima lie some of the best beaches in the country. Not only ideal for swimming and sunbathing, these beaches are also known for churning up some world-class waves providing world-class surfing conditions. Explore the Amazon Jungle: An expedition through the Amazon rainforest is a fantastic way to discover some of the fascinating wildlife and spectacular surroundings of the Peruvian jungle. From Cuzco, buses descend down the eastern slopes of the Andes to the Manu National Park and boat tours can take travellers along the mighty Amazon River. Huascaran National Park This mountain filled Unesco World Heritage Site is one of Peru’s most beautiful scenic attractions.

Go and take treks along the snow-capped mountains, or take driven tours through the rocky terrain as you keep an eye out for jaguars, cougars and llamas! This astonishing mountain range is also home to many stunning archaeological remains as well as amazing rock formations and gorgeous flora and fauna. For cheap holidays to Peru from Ireland, last minute sun package holiday deals to Peru, and all inclusive sun holiday packages from Ireland, book with Budget Travel.

Currency

Peruvian Nuevo Sol