No trip to Peru is complete without visiting the ancient and iconic mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Never revealed to the Spanish conquistadors and forgotten until the early 20th Century, Machu Picchu and the surrounding "Sacred Valley" has since been mystifying visitors with its stunning beauty and fascinating Incan history.
The Amazon Basin
Though 50% of Peru is part of the immense Amazon River Basin, only 5% of the population lives here. Exotic and nearly impenetrable, Peru's Amazon Basin offers the most diverse flora and fauna in the world. Enjoy jungle trekking, river life, or bird and animal spotting. Though you may not be lucky enough to spot a jaguar or other elusive species, the open-minded are sure to be overwhelmed and impressed by the sounds and life teeming from this incredible global resource.
One of the highest and most dramatic mountain regions in South America, the Cordillera Blanca is home of Huarascaran, Peru's highest peak. Adventurers will enjoy endless exploration and mountaineering, photographers will not be disappointed by the region's dramatic glaciated peaks, and travelers will enjoy the numerous indigenous communities and hot springs.
Located where the Andes meet the Antiplano (Andean Plateau), this famous crossroads is an international marketplace and seemingly endless expanse.