Get Inspired / South America / Peru Experience Peru, South America Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Peru Experience Peru, South America story by: Inspire South America A realm of lost empires from the Incas to the Spanish Conquistadors, Peru is a perfect blend of intriguing history, fascinating cultures and stunning natural landscapes. The gateway to Peru’s treasures is its capital, Lima, which was once one of South America’s most wealthy cities. It is also home to arguably South America’s most famed attraction and one of the new seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu. These ancient Inca ruins that lay hidden in the Andes for centuries are an unforgettable sight and a very welcome one for intrepid travellers who reach it via one of the continent’s most awesome walks, the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu is reason enough to visit Peru but this country offers much more. There are the spectacular 5000-metre-plus Andes, Amazonian jungles where indigenous tribes still live traditional lifestyles and breathtaking high altitude Lake Titicaca. Take a boat and visit the people who still live on floating manmade islands. Peru’s folklore festivals are regarded as some of the continent’s most exciting. It’s not just the Incas who are surrounded by myths and legends. Another intriguing Peruvian sight is the Nazca lines – mysterious drawings etched into the desert. Best seen from the air, the lines remain steeped in controversy – no-one is quite sure why ancient people created them maybe 1000 years ago. Peru Fast Facts: Country Name: Republic of Peru Population: 29 Million Capital: Lima Languages: Spanish Currency: Nuevo Sol Time Zone: 17 hours behind New Zealand (18 hours with daylight saving) Electricity: Current is 220V, 60HZ Plug is a 2 point round or rectangle-pin adaptor Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Leap into Adventure Read more Add or remove from Wishlist When to visit South America, season by season Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.