“Peru is often called the quintessential South American destination evoking images of Andean mountains, fabled lost cities, panpipe players, llamas and, of course, the ever-fashionable and functional poncho.” – Blue List, Lonely Planet.
Peru is everything unexpected: from its vast sandy dunes and deserts all throughout its coasts, stunning uplands in the Andes home to the country’s greatest attraction: the Inca city of Machu Picchu and beyond the intimidating heights, the astounding lush jungles with meandering rivers and vast waterways, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Amazon River and Basin.
However, there’s more to Peru than Machu Picchu: this immense wealth of sights and experiences has its roots in one of the world’s richest heritages, with its fabulous archeological gems of six Pre-Inca civilisations, the monumental adobe temples and ruins along the desert coast and mysterious Nazca Lines which can only be viewed best from the sky. Enjoy city life in Spanish-influenced cosmopolitan capitals, with their colonial-era mansions, churches, monasteries, and museums.
Lima – Culture, Crafts & Culinary Capital
Called Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings) by the Spanish conquerors, the capital city of Lima is much more than the gateway to Peru. With the country’s best museums – more than 20 of them, plus striking barroque and renaissance churches, colonial mansions and palaces, world-class restaurants and amazing shopping, Lima deserves more than a quick stopover.
Lima Experience highlights
Visit remarkable cathedrals, cloisters and monasteries, appreciate some of Peru’s best archeological and art museums, and feel a sense of awe in the city’s elegant old colonial centre.
Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine in the “Gastronomy Capital of Latin America,” with varied influences from the coast, mountains and the Amazon. Experience Lima’s incredibly varied shopping, from artisan and antique shops to souvenir and handicraft markets offering an endless selection of handmade alpaca clothes and accessories, silver jewellery and decor, pottery, colonial religious art and wood carvings.
Sacred Valley –Experience Living Culture
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, home of the finest Inca sites offers a glorious beginning to your Cusco visit. The Valley’s sublime climate, overwhelmingly beautiful scenery, picturesque villages, colourful folk arts and crafts and warm, friendly local people all reflect the Peru that visitors travel thousands of miles to see. The valley is also a haven for eco sports adventure such as trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking and river rafting.
Sacred Valley Experience highlights
Start your Cusco discovery to acclimatise yourself to glorious sunny weather, either before or after your Machu Picchu visit. Perfect base to myriad activities in the Valley: visits to Inca ruins and archaeological sites and gourmet picnics which is also a spectacular location for outdoor adventures such as horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting or trekking.
Machu Picchu – The Royal Inca Retreat
Machu Picchu Historical Reserve is a magical place that fascinates through its vast archaeological remains, geological formations, unique flora and fauna, and spectacular cloud forest. The most remarkable part of the reserve is the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s New Seven Wonders.
Machu Picchu Experience highlights
Explore the wonder of Machu Picchu and discover the essence of a Royal Inca retreat.
Authentic barefoot luxury in whitewashed casitas and villas in a private 5-hectare Andean Garden of Eden, teeming with orchids and hummingbirds.Visit the ancient Machu Picchu Citadel in company of a certified English-speaking guide, as well as other attractions in the Natural Reserve.
Cusco -Enduring Fusion of Inca Mystique and Spanish Splendour
Vibrant is the word which best describes Cusco, capital of the vast Inca Empire some six hundred years ago, now transformed as the most important colonial center in the Andes, an axis of exploration and favorite destination for today’s international traveler.
Cusco Experience highlights
Discover a four-century fusion of Spanish colonial and Inca culture, both in Cusco and at Inkaterra La Casona and enjoy contemporary luxury without sacrificing authenticity, in an exclusive privilege and privacy experienced by those who once lived at the fully restored 16th century manor. Visit Cusco’s landmarks, impressive churches, museums, quaint neighbourhoods, artisan workshops and other remarkable Incan archaeological sites.
For more information on Peru, contact the Embassy of Peru, 12/F Menara Rajawali, Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Lot #5.1 Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, or email [email protected]