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Peru Cruises

A beautiful and lush country in western South America, Peru is a gorgeous holiday destination. Peruvian territory hosted ancient cultures, from the Norte Chico civilisation in Caral – one of the oldest in the world – to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. 

Peru is a biodiverse country, with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region, to the peaks of the Andes Mountains, to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest. Compared to some other countries in Latin America, it’s perfectly stable and welcoming to visitors. 

The capital city, Lima, was once the seat of the Spanish Empire’s viceroyalty, and retains much of its past colonial feel. Outside of the urban areas, there’s much natural beauty to experience. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The Peruvian Amazon covers nearly 60% of the country.
  • Over 25% of the population live in the capital, Lima. 
  • Peru's main exports are copper, gold, zinc, textiles and fish meal.
  • Machu Picchu has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Potatoes were first discovered and eaten here. 
 

Highlights

Architecture

Northern Peru is home to many fascinating buildings and ruins. Many important pre-Inca sites are to be found here, including Chan Chan, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The huge, sacred temples of the Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna in Trujillo are also a truly awesome sight to behold. A particularly impressive feat of engineering by the ancient Moche civilisation, archaeologists have estimated that the Huaca del Sol is composed of over 130 million bricks.

Colonial backdrop

The colonial centre of Trujillo combines modern with old, and really old. The balconies, windows and colourful facades of the urban area make for a beautiful setting. And if all that architecture around Trujillo isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know there are beautiful beaches in nearby Huanchaco and plenty of trails for walking too. 

 

Food

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Peruvian cuisine blends Amerindian and Spanish food with strong influences from Chinese, African, Arab, Italian and Japanese cooking.

The traditional meat here is cuy, or guinea pig. Over 65 million guinea pigs are consumed in the country each year. The creature is usually baked or barbecued on a spit and served whole, with the head on. 

Ceviche is the most popular fish dish here – raw fish marinated in citrus juice. It’s usually spiced to taste and served for lunch or as a starter. 

Vegetarians will enjoy causa. Potatoes and avocados are layered into a sort of casserole, which is then sliced and served cold. Carnivores can order it with tuna or meat, if they prefer.  

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Peru

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