HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU
Rafting from Lake Titicaca into the Amazon rainforest. Shed civilisation: navigate your way through rapids and virgin jungle, and discover wildlife so diverse that many of the species haven’t even been named yet.
Alternative treks to the Inca Trail. The fittest and most intrepid trekkers can follow the Vilcabamba mountain range up to the Incan site of Choquequirao (‘the Cradle of Gold’). With rarely-seen views down to Machu Picchu, this site is far bigger than its famous counterpart and has beautifully preserved examples of ritual baths and residential architecture.
Mountain biking to the Maras salt pans. Traversing dirt trails and the ancient mule routes of the Sacred Valley, you’ll pass beautiful Lake Huaypo and Inca ruins before arriving at a whole hillside terraced with salt pans. A great day trip.
Amazon cruises with Aqua Expeditions, such as M/V Aqua. Mind-blowing wilderness meets total luxury on these wonderful vessels: think freshwater dolphins, giant lily pads, Amazon villages and piranha fishing, all topped off with fantastic food and awesome Amazon sunsets back on board.
The condors of Colca Canyon. These majestic but endangered birds have a wingspan of three metres, and soar on the thermals above a canyon that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.