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|The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu|
Situated on South America's western coast, Peru is surrounded by Ecuador and Colombia in the north, Brazil and Bolivia in the west, Chile to the south and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean along the west. Peru, however, does not experience quite the extremes of temperatures enjoyed by its more southerly neighbors; instead, it offers travelers a wet season and a dry season, the latter of which falls during Peru's peak tourist months of June to August.
The hungry cultural explorer will find much to devour in Peru. Soak up the delights to Lima, Peru's lively capital, and discover its many enviable galleries and museums. Or head to Cusco in the Southern Sierras; this Andean city - the ancient capital of the Incan Empire - is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Any budding adventurer in Peru should not miss the spectacular Inca Trail, an ancient path that takes travelers from the town of Chillca through the Peruvian mountains. It ends at the awe-inspiring Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, 1000 ft above the Urubamba River.
After so much ancient exploring, it's only natural to feel the need for a taste of modern life - and in Peru's larger cities, you'll find an array of diverse shops, vibrant bars and restaurants serving Peru's distinctive and varied cuisine.
Popularly known as the "City of Kings" due to its ties with Spanish rule, Peru's capital of Lima uniquely combines its colonial buildings with the architectural hallmarks of a modern city. Better still, its proximity to the ocean makes its seafood restaurants among the best in Peru!
Peru's most famous historic landmark, this ancient Incan city is without doubt one of the world's most stunning ruins. Machu Picchu is a remarkable end to the fantastic experience that is the Inca Trail.
This Andean city boasts a pulsating array of historic and artistic sights in its eclectic galleries and museums. Be sure to visit the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an enormous Incan fortress that is still standing in Peru nearly 500 years after the empire's demise.
Situated on Peru's northwest Pacific coast, Trujillo del Peru is well-known for its delectable seafood cuisine and its beach resort of Huanchaco. The area is very popular with surfers and cruise ships are often known to stop in town.
Nestled in the Amazonas area of Peru, Iquitos offers travellers a way to party - Peruvian style! Visit one of its many clubs, scour its floating market of Belen or explore the extravagance of the Plaza de Armas, Iquitos' central city area.