Peru is a large South American country rich in history and culture, but with regions displaying incredible poverty.
The capital, Lima, is an intriguing city, but it's huge gap between fancy shopping malls in Miraflores, and the thousands of featureless breezeblock homes that make up the majority of the city is a little disconcerting. Potentially beautiful, but made grim by shady economic management and political corruption over the last 30 years.
With the world famous UNESCO protected ruins of Macchu Picchu, there is the opportunity to walk the Inca Trail, and take in some once in a lifetime views. The delightful city of Cuzco offers a beautifully preserved starting point, and looks like a South American Prague with church domes and cobbles streets..
Arequipa is also well preserved, but without the same tourist bustle, and itself is a good place from which to explore the surrounding volcanoes and canyons. The cartoonish oasis town of Huacachino is an other-worldly stop off in the middle of thousands of square miles of sand dunes, with fun sandboarding and dune buggy rides possible. Finally, the northern city of Chiclayo has a friendly charm, and unbelievably large market, and has recently unearthed another set of Incan ruins, which vary in scale and gradeur all across the vast country.
|Top Picture : Standard Macchu Picchu Shot|
|Arequipa||Kid by a petrol pump|
|Inca Cola billboard||Huacachino sand dunes|
|Arequipa - El Misti||Kids with Llama|
|Rubber gloves for sale||Fish for sale|
|Fresh fruit for sale||Chiclayo haircut|
|Cusco parade||Ince trail start|
|Andy Climbing||Base Camp day 1|
|Craggy Rocks||Porter Inca Trail|
|Profile pictures||Up really high in Peru|
|Standard Macchu Picchu Picture||Photographer at Macchu Picchu|
|Up in the Clouds||Ince Trail Steps|
|Macchu Picchu||Andy Macchu Picchu|
|Chivay, on the way to flight of the condor||Cuzco|
|12 pointed stone||Cuzco|
|High up in the Andes||Craggy rocks|
|Lima mosaic||Lima in the garua|
|Lima appartment blocks||More Lima|
|Fancy buffet in Lima||Buffet decimated|
|Hi spec and empty resturant bar in Lima||Another appartment block in Lima|
|Lima bus||Generous sized pint in Lima|
|Central Lima old town||Lima old town|
|Lima cathedral||Heavy police presence in Lima near the changing of the guard|
|Skulls in Lima cathedral||Inca friendly representation of the Virgin Mary, as a pyramid|
|Inca Kola||Peruvian mural|
|Fancy cathedral roof||Cruz del Sur Bus Station in Lima|