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PERU

Peru is the third largest country in South America (after Brazil and Argentina) covering an area of 1,285,215 sq km. It has a population of almost 28 million, the majority of whom are of indigenous descent (this is only the case in Peru and Bolivia). There are three official languages: Spanish (spoken throughout the country), Quechua (spoken in the Andean regions) and Aymara (spoken around Lake Titicaca).

Once the heartland of the great Inca empire, Peru has it all: numerous archaeological sites dotted around the desert coastline and in the highlands (including the world-famous Machu Picchu and the equally impressive lesser known ruins of Kuelap); amazing and varied flora and fauna (including hummingbirds, Andean condors, seals, macaws, jaguars and monkeys, as well as the best preserved stretch of Amazonian rainforest and the impressive Puya Raimondi); the world’s highest tropical mountain (Mount Huascaran, 6768m); some of the best trekking in the world’s second-greatest mountain range – the Andes; impressive colonial architecture (in Cusco and Trujillo, for example); the oldest civilisation of the Americas – Caral; a diverse and welcoming population; and the continent’s best food (including the mouth-watering ceviche).

Such variety undoubtedly makes Peru the most exciting country of all the South American nations. It is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world and can be divided in three major regions: the desert coastline, the Andes and the tropical rainforest, all offering unrivalled opportunities to experience an unusually wide range of fascinating ancient cultures, spectacular scenery, and incredible wildlife.

Our varied trips, ranging from adventure to cultural discovery and wildlife watching, are designed so that you have the chance to make the most of the wonders Peru has to offer.

If you want to discover the fascinating world of the Incas, then have a look at our INCA TRAIL trek.

If you want to trek through pristine alpine valleys dominated by perennially ice-capped peaks and dotted with glittering turquoise lakes, then have a look at our treks in the CORDILLERA BLANCA and CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH.

If you want to scale the heights of some of South America’s highest and most stunning peaks, then have a look at our mountaineering expeditions in the CORDILLERA BLANCA.

If you want to discover the  man-made floating islands of the world’s largest high-altitude lake, then have a look at our LAKE TITICACA tour.

If you want to trek through one of the world’s deepest canyons, discover traditional Indian villages and have the chance to view condors up-close, then have a look at our COLCA CANYON tour.

If you want to discover the world’s best-preserved stretch of rainforest, where close animal encounters are guaranteed and you can marvel at the astonishing variety of flora, then have a look at our MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE tour.

If you want to discover the ‘Peruvian Galapagos’ where an incredible variety of birds and marine life can be found, then have a look at our PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE & BALLESTAS ISLANDS tour.

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