The land of the Incas, Peru has a lot to offer the discerning traveller from beautiful countryside to magnificent beaches.
From the beautiful beaches in the north of the country to the magnificent city of the clouds Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains, Peru has something for the whole family to appreciate. The friendly people are always approachable with their smiling characterful faces. The capital city, Lima, is well worth a visit, with its stunning architecture and mouth-watering restaurants.
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With the large differences in altitude across the country, the climate in Peru can vary greatly. It can be very hot at the coastal areas, and very cold, with snowfall, in the high-altitude mountain ranges. At the coast, June to September are the winter months when it can be overcast and damp, but it rarely rains. In the mountains and jungle areas, there are heavy rains lasting from December to April.
The capital of Peru, Lima, offers a wealth of history and beautiful architecture. In the centre of the town is the Plaza Mayor. Surrounded by many impressive buildings, it’s the area where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535. There are also many religious buildings, including the San Francisco Monastery with its’ eerie catacombs. For refreshment, there’s plenty of restaurants and bars and if you are particularly fond of seafood, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Constructed in the 15th century in the Andes Mountains, Mach Picchu is one of the world’s most famous land marks. The sight is open all year round, but from October to April it’s the rainy season, so you can expect rain at any time. At a height of almost 8000 feet above sea level, altitude sickness can be an issue for some people.
Peru can offer some magnificent beaches including the internationally famous Mancora Beach, which is perfect if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday paradise. It’s also a haven for serious surfers. Other beaches include Zorritos Beach in Tumbes, Punta Sal and Cabo Blanco.