Peru - perfect symbiosis of culture and nature
Peru, the tourist magnet on the west coast of South America, is about three times the size of Spain. The country's coastal region has beautiful beaches and fertile valleys. From here the Andes rise, the mountain range that stretches over almost the entire length of the South American subcontinent. And here is also the most famous sight in the country, Machu Picchu.
The river basin of the Amazon is largely still a tropical jungle and is home to Peru's largest nature reserves such as the Tambopata National Reserve.
Lima is the country's capital, and Lima's Jorge Chávez Airport, the largest in the country, is where you will likely begin your journey.
The natural diversity of the landscape is ideal for exploring with a motorhome. Of course, when organizing the trip, you have to consider the considerable size of the country and plan the daily routes defensively in order not to fall into stress.
Lima may hold the title of the official capital of Peru, but Cusco is the original seat of power of the Inca Empire. Cusco was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. And when you arrive in the city, it becomes immediately clear why this city actually deserves this title. From the Inca and colonial architecture from the 16th century to the narrow, winding streets, the city has an incomparably romantic atmosphere with a pronounced European flair.
Since a visit to Machu Picchu can be physically demanding, we recommend getting used to the high altitude 1-2 days in advance. And Cusco is ideal for this, because the world-famous Inca Trail, the 43km long hike from Cusco to Machu Picchu, also begins in Cusco. If you would like to complete this multi-day hike, we recommend booking early, as the trekking tour has been subject to strict daily limits for a few years.
Machu Picchu, the legendary Inca city, is surrounded by temples, terraces and water channels and was built on a mountain top by the Inca ruler Pachacútec Yupanqui, who ruled from 1438 to 1471. With the decline of the Incas, Machu Picchu was also forgotten until the American Hiram Bingham rediscovered this wonder of the world in 1911.
Machu Picchu and Cusco should of course not be missing on any trip to Peru, but Nazca and Lake Titicaca are other worthwhile destinations in a fascinating travel destination that will cast its spell over you.