Peru is an incredible mix of colours, flavours, cultures and histories. From the sun-blessed beaches of the equatorial north to the misty Incan ruins of the south, this is a country that will blow you away when you least expect it.
More about language travel in Peru
For some visitors, Peru is all about the Inca Trail and the amazing feeling when you finally arrive at Machu Picchu, especially if you have made the journey on foot. Native culture lives on in pockets around Peru and you will be richly rewarded for leaving the guided tours behind and exploring for yourself. But modern Peru has much more to offer than Incan relics at Andean altitudes.
Along the northern coast you can enjoy exceptional surfing conditions, including the world’s longest left break in easygoing Mancora. The year-round sunshine, laidback atmosphere and miles of deserted beaches aren’t bad either! Capital city Lima is a continental hub and, although it is no beauty, you will be well rewarded for digging a little beneath the surface. If you do so, you will find an arts scene that thrives – despite the often grey weather – and arguably the best restaurants in Latin America.
No mention of Peru is complete without a nod to the incredible culinary culture that exists there. Perhaps spoilt with an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, not to mention more than 2,000 varieties of indigenous potato, you can eat exceptional food whatever your budget. The Peruvians put it down to diverse immigration from Asia as well as Europe and Africa. We just say “¡buen provecho!”
Return to introduction...