Crowded, chaotic yet wonderfully charismatic, Lima is enjoying something of a renaissance, with fine colonial architecture, an acclaimed gourmet scene, world-class museums and fascinating archaeological sites.
The magnificent Inca citadel is Peru's undoubted highlight, its spectacular location and historic origins are simply bewildering.
The highest navigable lake on the planet; sacred to the traditional communities who make these islands their homes. Sweeping lake panoramas stretching as far as the ye can see, visit the tortora reed-constructed islands of Taquile and Uros.
One of the deepest canyons in the world and a great place to view Andean condors in flight.
Just a 30-minute flight from Cusco, Puerto Maldonado serves as the main starting for lodge-based explorations in lush, wildlife-packed jungle. Expect to view colourful macaws, giant river otters, and some eight species of money in their natural habitat.
SOUTHERN AMAZON RAINFOREST
Authentic Peru at its most dramatic with breathtaking landscapes, colourful market towns, Inca ruins and a wealth of adventure.
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Remarkable landscapes envelope desert towns such as Ica and Huacachina, famed for its sand boarding activities. Stop off at the Paracas Nature Reserve for the wildlife at the Ballestas Islands and you can't miss an exhilarating flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines.
PARACAS, ICA + NASCA
Often referred to as the 'White City' due to its stillar stone buildings, Arequipa is a tranquil and cosmopolitan city with a spectacular volcanic backdrop.
Pre-Incan civilisation who fought in high forest strongholds of northern Peru, the Chachapoyas were known as the 'People of the Clouds'. Visit the ancient walled city of Kuelap and the third highest waterfall in the world at Gotca.
Not typically a focal point in most Peru itineraries, there are a growing number of hotels emerging around Mancora, Pocitas and Punta Sol for perfect relaxation to end your Peruvian adventure.
Travelling by rail is a magnificent way to take in Peru's dramatic landscapes and rolling mountain scenery. The Andean Explorer journeys between Cusco and Lake Titicaca traversing dramatically changing scenery from snow-capped Andean peaks to lush grassy plains.
Former Inca capital steeped in history, Cusco's bustling cobbled streets are lined with Spanish colonial architecture perched on Inca foundations.
From Iquitos, glide along the tributaries of the mighty Amazon teeming and fascinating bird and wildlife as stop off for guided rainforest walks.
AMAZON RIVER CRUISE
The Incas were known as adventurers and innovators who expanded their empire through their network or routes and pathways.
Chan Chan - the largest adobe city in the world, Huacas Sol y Luna, Sipon and El Brujo are just some of the impressive archaeological sites in the region.