October 30, 2017

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you?

PERU!

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La Bienvenida a Perú! The third-largest country in South America and, of course, home to the famous Machu Picchu, llamas and alpacas. Peru has it all – history, natural beauty, adventure, wildlife, vibrant culture and delicious cuisine, not to mention an intoxicating air of mystery.

First stop is the Colca Canyon in Southern Peru. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (although the walls are not as steep), the Colca Canyon is home to the Andean Condor, one of the largest birds in the world, with a wingspan reaching up to 3.2 metres. This is one of the few spots on the planet where it's relatively easy to see this bird species at close range.

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Another definite must-see are the Nazca Lines, a series of hundreds of massive designs dug into the ground by the Nazca culture well over a millennium ago. Their designs range from simple geometric shapes to highly stylised images primarily depicting plants and animals from the natural world. Some of the figures are over 200 metres across and the only way to see them is from an elevated vantage point.

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Peru is an incredibly biodiverse country as visitors will see during a boat tour of the Islas Ballestas, the small group of islands that is one of the world's most widely recognised biodiversity hot spots. The islands can be reached by boat tours departing Paracas and generally takes around two hours. The Peruvian Amazon is another biodiversity hotspot, and it’s home to Iquitos, the largest city in the world without outside road access.

Throw a bit of culture into your Peruvian mix and visit the floating islands on Lake Titicaca: the largest lake in South America, the highest navigable lake in the world and home to the pre-Incan Uru people. This indigenous community still lives on what are essentially floating islands built and rebuilt out of dried reeds, drifting over the surface of the lake.



Peru has the highest sand dune in the world, Cerro Blanco, located in the Sechura Desert in the south. It measures 3,860 feet from the base to the summit and towers over the desert oasis town, Huacachina. What makes it even more fun is that you can ride dune buggies up to the top of the dunes and then strap a board to your feet and sandboard down it all the way to the town below.

For a modern-day cultural experience, head out to Barranco, arguably Peru’s hippest neighbourhood. Barranco is home to galleries, cafés, bars, nightclubs, and everything else you'll require to pass the time in bohemian bliss.

For the type of food that attracts gourmet greats to Peru’s shores, visit the capital city Lima. If you’re not a picky eater, you should try out some guinea pig or cuy, a traditional dish eaten served crispy complete with head, legs and eyes. It is healthier and has a lot more protein and less fat than llama meat. To quench your thirst, try a Pisco Sour, made from Peruvian grape brandy, mixed with lemons, sugar water, egg whites, ice and finished with bitters.

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So, “paca” your bags and experience this colourful and diverse destination with Trafalgar’s 12-day Land of the Incas tour. Ask your nearest Sure Travel consultant for details, or call 0861 47 48 49.


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