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You will probably start your journey in Lima, where about half of the country’s residents live. It is a colonial metropolis founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Today it is a bustling city with distinct neighborhoods that still hold on to its roots. The most popular barrios for tourists are Miraflores with its iconic green hills overlooking the ocean, the financial centre of San Isidro, and the hip nightlife scene of Barranco. Many museums give visitors a look into Peru’s rich past, such as the exquisite ceramics of the Moche culture or the ornate goldsmithing of the Incas.
Peru’s coasts are usually hot and humid, but there are some exceptions like Nazca, one of the driest places on the planet (1-3 hours of rain per year). The town is most famous for its perplexing designs of animals, geometrical shapes, and straight lines carved into the desert floor. To leave the flat desert behind and immerse yourself in the rugged highlands only takes about an 8-hour bus ride.
The breathtaking scenery of the Andes Mountain Range separates the coast from the hot and humid jungle and isolates pockets of culture and history. For example, the Western world didn’t even know about Machu Picchu until the beginning of the last century, keeping it hidden for about 500 years! In the southern sierras sits Colca Canyon, the third most-visited tourist destination in Peru. It measures 13,650 ft from the top ledge to the Colca River at the bottom—twice as deep as its rival in the United States. For a destination farther away from the hustle and bustle of the popular summer tourist destinations of Cusco and Arequipa, head to the Cordilleras Blancas for great hiking treks. Agriculture and mining are two successful industries in this geographical zone, due to the rich soil found in these rugged highlands.
The Amazon jungle that occupies makes up more than half of the country presents a stark contrast to Peru’s dusty coasts. Be sure to have a poncho handy from January through April for its torrential rainy season. The major city of Iquitos is located where the Amazon River meets two others. From there, you could easily take a boat ride up the Amazon River and into less-explored villages and rainforests. Bursting with vegetation, the jungle is also home to a broad spectrum of animal life, including jaguars, sloths, monkeys, and beautifully colored birds. Manú National Park, not too far from Cusco, has more than 15,000 species of plants alone! If you’re looking to get off the beaten path of the most popular tourist destinations, get in touch with your wild side, and get into Peru’s fabulous jungles.
Undoubtedly, Peru is an immensely varied country with so many different cultures, regions, cuisine, and animal life. Make sure you see at least a part of what this Andean country has to offer by visiting each of its three zones: coast, jungle, and highlands. Take advantage of its world-renowned surfing spots or get immersed in the past by visiting its scores of ancient archaeological sites. You’re sure to find something that will delight and surprise you.