Peru

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Lima

Located on the west coast of South America looking out over the Pacific Ocean, the capital of the country has a fascinating range of architectural styles ranging from modern tower blocks and sprawling slums to the delightful colonial buildings left behind by the Spanish. With such a long and varied history, interspersed around the city you’ll find pre-Columbian ruins, lovely monasteries and churches as well as interesting museums and contemporary art galleries. With around 8.5 million people residing in Lima, there are a plethora of bars and restaurants for visitors to check out alongside its bustling nightlife. Feted for its culinary delights, Lima is the highlight of Peruvian gastronomy as its diverse population has brought their local dishes from around the country to the metropolis. The second driest capital in the world, head to the beaches in Miraflores which line the craggy cliffs overlooking the ocean if you feel like relaxing and soaking up the sun.

 

Arequipa

Lying at the foot of the towering El Misti volcano, Arequipa’s mountainous setting makes it beautiful to behold as, remarkably, another four volcanoes lie near to the city. Distinct from the rest of the country, Arequipans rightly have much to be proud of as a stunning array of lavish colonial architecture greets you as you wander around the city’s streets. With its humongous cathedral and delightful churches, mansions and more that are often distinctively built out of white volcanic rock; Arequipa is dripping in history with the old colonial center at the heart of it all. Among its most popular attractions is the beguiling Convento de Santa Catalina which has some lovely little streets and captivating architectural designs for visitors to explore. On top of this, Arequipa’s range of culinary options is fantastic, and it is the birthplace of the famous novelist Mario Vargas Llosa; highlighting the city’s cultural and intellectual prowess.

 

Destination to Peru. Vinicunca Cusco Region, Peru, Montana de Siete Colores.

Ayacucho

Located high up in the Andes, the area surrounding Ayacucho has been inhabited for around 20,000 years and as such there are a plethora of amazing archaeological sites hidden away among the mountains surrounding the city. Its colonial facades, beautiful churches and delightful cobbled streets hide the fact that in the 80s and 90s, Ayacucho was the seat of a revolutionary movement that attempted to overthrow the government. Now, however, visitors to Ayacucho are invariably intrigued and stirred by its unique cultural heritage and the charming feel about the place. With a number of festivals throughout the year highlighting the local culture, Ayacucho is fun and lively to visit with a thriving restaurant scene.

Puno

Despite lacking the colonial architecture and historical sites that dot other Peruvian cities, Puno has a lot going for it. Its rich cultural heritage shines forth in the people themselves and the welcoming and atmospheric bars that are to be found everywhere in Puno. Located between Cuzco and La Paz, many people visit Puno as it lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. From here you can explore the amazing floating islands out on the lake.

Iquitos

Unreachable by road, Iquitos is the perfect place if you are looking to explore the Peruvian Amazon. Set amidst the jungle, the city lies on the Amazon River and you can take boat trips along its quickly flowing waters or venture off into the jungle itself. Iquitos is a vibrant and interesting city as old and new seamlessly mix together. Hollowed out canoes pass cruise ships on the river while swanky modern bars lie next to mansions and mud huts. The undoubted highlight is the unique Puerto Belen where wooden huts set on stilts above the river are home to a lively market, full of exotic products from the rainforest.

Cuzco

Formerly the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is mesmerising to wander around as decadent colonial cathedrals jostle for supremacy with the Inca temples and modern fast-food joints that line its ancient cobbled streets. The archaeological capital of the continent is simply breathtaking for its fantastic wealth of historical sites and rich cultural heritage. The surrounding area is full of amazing sights just waiting to be explored and, as the gateway to Machu Picchu; Cusco is a must-see city in Peru.

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