Few places on earth have as rich a natural heritage as Peru. Its archeological treasures are unearthed each day reflecting many of the oldest and some of the most cultured civilizations which existed long before Christ. The local cultures could fuse metals in a plating process before the new testament was written, tamed the llama and irrigated crops more than 6,000 years ago. Peru has three major regions, each with its own main city and attractions: a narrow coastal belt, predominantly desert with Peru’s major cities; the wide Andean mountains and the pristine Amazon Basin. Within these regions there are many variations due to altitude that further divide the country in smaller enclaves.
This country’s wonders don’t stop with its cultural accomplishments, they only begin with them for many of Peru’s greatest treasures are found within its complex environmental structure. It has 1701 known species of birds, more than 50% of all the birds found within the neotropics which is a region 25 times larger. 1347 species of orchids in 167 genera are known to grow in Peru and more than sixty are awaiting classification and verification. To try and experience Peru is so large a scope that it’s difficult to define what the highlights are as a generalized statement: we have therefore divided Peru into 5 different tourist areas that you can visit at your leisure.
Northern Peru - From Lima to the border with Ecuador, one finds extraordinary archaeological monuments such as: Sechin in Casna, Chan Chan in Trujillo and Tucume in Chiclayo. There are beautiful tropical beaches in Piura and Tumbes as well as the highest mountain (6,880 mtrs.), the majestic Huascaran is located. North of the mountains one finds Cajamarca and its lovely countryside, Inca ruins and Spanish Colonial Buildings. A little more to the north are the charming towns of Huanuco and Tingo Maria, where you find a mountain shaped like a sleeping woman.
The Amazon - The Peruvian Jungle, a large area encompassing more than 500,000 Kmq. crossed by the Amazon River, an area where plant and animal life abound. An ideal place where nature and adventure lovers can thrill to the sight of the incredibly wide variety of birds, insects and plants.
Central Peru - Lima is the main site here, the old capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty in the New World. Towards the east, one also travels on the highest highway in the world (4871 mtrs) to the Montaro Valley in Junin, an area rich in folklore and handicrafts.
South-Eastern and Southern Peru - To the south-east is Puno with Lake Titicaca. the highest in the world, has been declared the Folklore capital of America, due to the variety of its music and dances. - To the south, the Bay of Paracas is alive with fauna, Ica produces its famous wines and the Nazca Lines sit majestically in the desert area. More to the south there is Arequipa, a city known for its beautiful colonial structures and the impressive Colca canyon.
Suggested Peruvian Discoveries
- CLASSIC TOURS - From the incredible nature of the natural regions of Peru to its amazing past, including the Inca civilizations you will discover an incredible country full of charme and color. Accommodation and food are great throughout, but what will make your discovery even more enjoyable is the in-depth contact with local costumes and way of life along with a glimpse at the ancient civilizations that have left so much ion the country. Here you will find all the “Classic” touring programs of Peru.
- M/V AQUA - DELUXE AMAZON CRUISES - Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the earth’s mightiest river — the Amazon. The first true luxury vessel in the region, the M/V Aqua caters to the most discriminating and adventurous of world travelers, providing an unforgettable journey into areas penetrated by only a privileged few.
- AMAZON PROGRAMS - So many different cruises are possible in the Amazon region of Peru. Everything here revolves around the mighty river: villages are built on rafts along the banks, so that they can move up and down with the flow of the flood (about 40 feet every year). Children paddle to school in dugout canoes while their fathers use similar ones to fish from! Come and stay at any of the proposed lodges, or cruise with us on any of the proposed ships. The choices are more than ever before and you can find the program to suit your taste and desire for adventure! Here you will find all these itineraries along with region specific information.
- CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS - As specialists on this destination, we can prepare “the” specific itinerary you desire with the exact services you need. If you would like to have “your own” itinerary, contact us and advise us of all your requirements