Peru

Pair of Llamas in The Peruvian Andes Mountains
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Peru Travel Guide

Home to the great Inca Empire, Peru has a wealth of historic sights, the most famous being the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu. But there are also compelling monuments in the beautiful city of Cusco ...

Home to the great Inca Empire, Peru has a wealth of historic sights, the most famous being the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu. But there are also compelling monuments in the beautiful city of Cusco, the Inca capital sacked by the conquistadors, who built their own churches and homes on the secure stone foundations of the previous civiliza- tion. The Sacred Valley, through which ows the Urubamba River — regarded by the Inca as an earthly equivalent of the Milky Way — is lled with charming towns, markets and impressive ruins such as the fortress at Ollantaytambo and the fascinating Inca agricultural experimentation station at Moray. Farther south, the Lake Titicaca region o ers a rare glimpse of a centuries-old society little in uenced by the modern world. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

CLIMATE

Peru consists of three main climatic areas: the dry and foggy coastal area (like Lima); the Andes Mountains, with their distinct rainy season (like Cusco); and the humid, rainy Amazon Basin. The dry months of June-August are the best time for a visit. From November-March, heavy rains occur in the mountains. 

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Peru

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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