The hidden gems of Peru

Located in South America alongside the South Pacific Ocean, Peru has a heritage that many countries envy. Much of the attraction lies in the natural resources, the archaeological finds and the Inca’s empire and activity holidays often involve treks to Machu Picchu or hikes along the Sierra. Less known than the Inca Trail but still as popular, are the Cordillera and the Colca Canyon trails. Two other treks to explore during activity holidays include Ausangate and Salcantay.

Peru is a great place for family holidays, as the diversity and activities are second to none. Start in the capital, Lima and enjoy some sightseeing, taking in the interesting architecture and the numerous museums, before a little retail therapy in the shops. Lima also offers plenty of family friendly restaurants and hotels.

The Amazon Jungle is a must on family holidays and activity holidays as there is so much to attract everyone. With rainforests, rivers, highs and lows and thousands of different species of animals and birds, it is a thrilling experience. Stay in a jungle lodge and experience suspended walkways to get the most from the experience.

Cultural holidays in Peru wouldn’t be complete without visiting the capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco. It has been beautifully preserved and history physically seeps out of the streets, whilst at night it changes into a cosmopolitan lively centre. It is also where many travellers start their journey up the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu.

Pisac, stonework and ancient farming

The Sacred Valley of the Incas provides gentle mountain slopes and ancient ruins, amidst a warm laid back atmosphere, for those making the ascent to Machu Picchu during their Peru holidays. Keep a look out for Sacsayhuaman with its range of impressive historical stone walls, also the temple and amphitheatre at Qenko, followed by Puca Pucara fortress. Probably the most impressive sight in the Valley is Pisac, a wonderful example of ancient farming and stonework that everyone on family holidays will appreciate.
Urubamba and Ollantaytambo are also worth a visit, the latter for its wall of granite monoliths.

Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, still outshines every other sight on the Sacred Valley and really must be seen on cultural holidays to be appreciated. Either wander around to get a feel for this marvellous place or take a guided tour to ensure you do not miss anything. The Sun Gate is usually the first experience on arrival but other points of interest include the Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Three Windows, the Temple of the Condor, as well as the Main Temple and the Intihuatana, a stone carved to act as a sun dial on certain days.
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