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Insider's Guide: Peru

1.    What makes this country unique?
Peru is more than just Machu Picchu, it’s a fascinating country filled with ancient Inca relics, indigenous people and traditional ways of life. Where else can you discover the mystical Nazca Lines, meet the Uros people and stand on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, walk in the footsteps of the Incas and watch condors soar over deep canyons all within a relaxed two week holiday? Plus with new direct British Airways flights from London to Peru’s capital Lima, there’s never been an easier time to explore the treasures of Peru.





2.    When is the best time/season to visit and why?
Peru has a complicated climate, with the ability to deliver four seasons in one day. Generally though, the best time to visit is between May and September if you’re planning to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, as these months ensure less rain than at other times of the year. If you’re sticking to the deserts and lowlands, then December to March are great times to visit thanks to warmer weather and clearer skies. If you’re planning a multi-centre trip around Peru then the high season runs from December to February.

3.    What is the ‘hot spot’ for 2017?
Everyone has heard of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu but fewer know about another route which culminates in those same epic views of the famous Inca citadel but follows the path less travelled. For 2017, smart travellers will avoid the crowds of the Inca Trail and opt for the Salkantay Trek instead. Translating as ‘Savage Mountain’, the Salkantay Trek offers towering mountains capped with snow and glaciers, deep blue lakes, steamy cloud forests and of course the wonderful panoramas of Machu Picchu. It makes a fantastic alternative to the Inca Trail and unlike its more famous counterpart, is not limited by the availability of trekking passes.

4.    3 highlights for first time visitors:
a.    Food – Ceviche: Raw fish ‘cooked’ by citrus juices
b.    Place/Sight – Machu Picchu: It’s on everyone’s bucket list for a reason
c.    Activity – Walking: Don’t miss the chance to trek one of the famous routes or simply walk around the Sacred Valley

5.    Did you know that….?
There are over 1,800 species of birds in Peru, most of which make their home in the Peruvian Amazon

6.    What is your personal favourite place/location to visit/stay?
For something completely different, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica offers superb luxury accommodation in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. As well as the excellent range of wildlife excursions on offer, the charming rooms have high thatched roofs and the on-site spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day’s exploring.

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