Destinations in the North
Peru in contrasts
The north of Peru is dominated by contrasts. To the east of the Andes grows lush rainforest, while to the west on the Pacific coast is a desert. The Amazonas and Lambayeque regions, for example, are among the many possible destinations. The former has many rainforest animals and plants as well as monuments from ancient cultures.
For example, there is a burial place of the Chachapoyas, the Mausoleo of Revash. Who does not shy away from a small effort and takes on the two-hour hike, will come across formations carved into a rock wall, which, similar to house facades, are lined up next to each other. The latter region, Lambayeque, is not only ideal for a bathing or water sports holiday, but is also known for its royal tombs and pyramids of Sipán near the city of Chiclayo.
Destinations in Central – Peru
What is hidden in the centre of Peru? On the one hand there is the Pasco region with its different landscapes: rainforest and bare Andes slopes. Or travel to the Huánuco region, home to Tingo Maria, a small town famous for its green hills, including La Bella Durmiente, the Sleeping Beauty. Huánuco is the gateway to the Amazon, to the rainforest. Both destinations are the perfect place for a relaxing or active stay in nature, but the centres of the towns are also worth a look. By the way, Peru’s highest mountain, the 6,768 metre-high Huascarán, is located in the centre of the country in the Áncash region. But it is not the only attraction of the region, Áncash reaches up to the coast, and in the different regions Quechua, the language of the Incas, is partly spoken. The cultural wealth, although Áncash is one of the lesser known destinations, is enormous.
Old times and modernity in Lima
Not to forget, because a chapter in itself, is Lima. If you travel to Peru by plane, you will automatically arrive there. The capital stands for an important part of Peruvian history, namely colonization. Numerous buildings, for example at the Plaza Mayor, date back to this time.
In Lima you will find excellent examples of the Peruvians’ preference for beautifully designed squares, and ancient cultures are also abundantly represented in Lima. Some are visible in the form of buildings, the Huacas, others live on in the numerous museums. Admire ceramics, jewellery and textiles found in the most diverse regions of Peru and collected in the capital.
In addition to ancient cultures, Lima has a rich modern life, art, the difference between rich and poor, shopping centres and markets you may never have seen before. Lima is of course also suitable for a culinary journey – through Peru, but also to other countries of the world. Connected to Lima is the city of Callao with the most important port of the country. Here once the Spaniards landed to conquer Peru, pirates cavorted on the islands off the coast.
Destinations in southern Peru
Reed boats or the White City?
Arequipa, the White City, is one of the most popular destinations in southern Peru. The city was partly built of light-coloured rock from three nearby volcanoes, hence its nickname. The building material is particularly well to be seen in the monastery Santa Catalina, originating from the colonial time and repeatedly built up after earthquakes, which you should not omit with a visit in Arequipa in any case.
Arequipa is also interesting from a culinary point of view. In the so-called Picanterias, regional cuisine prevails in all its diversity. But nature lovers also get their money’s worth in this region. Hikes in the Andes are a special experience, for example to the Colca Canyon and the Cruz del Condor located there, where with a little luck condors can be observed during their flight in the morning.
Also in the south of Peru lies one of the most famous lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca. Here an old tradition lives on: The Uros live on reed islands, live in houses built of reed and use reed boats. And if you want to drive further through Peru’s south, you will come to a place that is known by many people by name, but which is still a mystery to researchers today: the ruined city of Machu Picchu.