Set between the Andes Mountains, the Amazon and the fury of the South Pacific, Peru is a fascinating destination full of ancient history and natural beauty. Peru might not be the first name on the list when planning your next holiday, but perhaps with its dramatic landscape, dynamic cuisine and enthralling archaeological sites it could be the ideal setting for your next great escape.
Where to Stay
The capital city of Lima boasts a selection of internationally renowned brands like JW Marriott, Hilton and Sheraton. Away from Lima, Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes and once the capital of the Inca Empire, known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture features some outstanding hotels like the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. A restored 17th century palace and convent, this elegant hotel offers suites set around cloistered courtyards.
What to Do
To the north discover the endless sandy shores of Piura and resorts like Mancora, while to the east sit the imperious Andes with their towering mountains and vast plateaus. Peru is famous for its archaeological sites with the area around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, being particularly rich. A haven for wildlife, Peru has three distinct Amazon regions, around Iquitos, the Chachapoyas-Gocta-Kuelap circuit, with its mummy museums and ancient ruins, and the Tambopata reserve famed for its river excursions.
Where to Eat
With its unexpected cultural diversity Peru is one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations and Lima is at the cutting edge. Must-try restaurants include Central and El Señorio del Sulco in Miraflores, which serve traditional dishes such as ají de gallina, a kind of Peruvian chicken korma, and beef huatia, beef slowly cooked by burying the meat with large stones taken straight from the fire. Beyond the capital the country is awash with fabulous restaurants, both traditional and international.