When you imagine a holiday in South America, what springs to mind? Most likely, a rolodex of images like lush tropical jungles, cities dappled with colonial remnants, exotic wildlife, and sultry dance clubs thumping Latin music flash through your mind. So what if we told you, you could explore all of that and more in just one country? It's true, in Peru travellers are treated to an exceptional diversity of attractions, environments and cultures, all tucked neatly inside its borders. From the country's unique topography that include mountains, deserts and rainforests; to the array of archaeological sites and vibrant cities, Peru is brimming with reasons to pay this remarkable country a visit. We've highlighted just seven of the millions of reasons why Peru is the perfect holiday destination, no matter what you love. It's a catchall destination that's sure to astound and impress everyone who is lucky enough to discover its wonders for themselves. View of Miraflores Park, Lima - Peru

Dreamy beaches

Mancora Beach, Peru Peru’s lengthy stretch of Pacific coastline is dotted with dramatic seaside cliffs and soft sandy beaches. Head an hour outside the capital to the Asia, a popular beach with wealthy Lima residents where you’ll find excellent dining and nightlife. Or, you can head north to Mancora, a tropical beach town that’s renowned for its stunning beaches, excellent surf and lively and laidback atmosphere.

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 Awesome surf

Surfing in Huanchaco, Peru. Surfing in Huanchaco, Peru. Speaking of surfing, Peru is home to a handful of world-renowned surf spots that are great for both experienced surfers and those looking to learn to ride. In addition to Mancora, the beaches of Huanchaco, Chicama, Pacasmayo, Punta Hermosa and Cabo Blanco are your best bets to enjoy great swells and quality waves throughout the year.

 Andean adventures

Machu Picchu Machu Picchu The soaring Andes Mountains slice through Peru and are undoubtedly one of the country’s biggest draws. The city of Cusco is your gateway to the Andes, and from there you can take a train to Machu Picchu, the famous Incan settlement, or choose to hike the 4-day Incan Trail. Other outdoor adventures include horseback riding or cycling through the Andes to other archaeological sites and villages with a knowledgeable guide.

A food-lovers paradise

Photo Credit: Lima Gourmet Company Photo Credit: Lima Gourmet Company Visitors can indulge in some of the world’s most creative cooking while visiting the capital of Lima. The vibrant capital city has been making headlines in the culinary world with its innovative chefs who are taking traditional Peruvian and South American food to the 21st-century. Lima is an exciting place for foodies, aspiring chefs and anyone who gets excited by really, really good food. Whether you try some sizzling street food, fresh sushi and ceviche, or fine dining at one of the city's host of celebrated restaurants, a gastronomic tour through this city will definitely be a highlight for any traveller's tastebuds. For a great guide of Lima's food scene, check out The Lima Gourmet Company.

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Captivating photos around every corner

Pisac, Peru For travellers with an interest in photography, Peru offers a smorgasbord of fantastic photo opportunities. When you bring your camera (or camera phone) you'll want to go on a photo safari to capture all of the local colour. Whether you are venturing through the outdoor markets in Cusco, through colonial town squares of Trujillo or Arequipa or tiny villages bordering the Amazon jungle, Peru is perfect for practicing your photography skills.

Awaken the adventurer within

floating-islands-of-uros-peru You’ll feel like Indiana Jones as your tour through Peru’s fascinating archaeological sites like the ruins of Batan Grande and the immensely popular Floating Islands of the Uros in Lake Titicaca.

 Peru is an eco-lover’s playground

Colca Canyon Colca Canyon From the tropical jungles of Peru’s Amazon rainforest and the green valleys of Colca Canyon, to the arid flatlands of the Nazca Desert, Peru’s geology is some of the most beautiful and varied on Earth. From dramatic terrain to an incredible array of wildlife, outdoor lovers will love traversing this rich bio-diverse country.

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