But to think this was their crowning glory would be very wrong. Peru is a beautiful country filled with friendly, patriotic people who are sure to make you feel welcome. The landscapes are breath taking and those who love the great outdoors are sure to feel right at home here. Peru also has a fascinating history and the main towns and cities are dotted with cultural delights.
Located on South America’s Pacific Coast, Peru has six neighbouring nations on it’s border. Peruvian wildlife is fascinating and diverse and is a major attraction for many tourists. The Amazonian rain forest and mountains of the Andes are teeming with all manner of wildlife, many of them unique to Peru and quite a number of them endangered. Peru is famous for it’s wonderful bird life and also has many interesting reptiles such as giant anacondas, snakes, lizards, turtles and caimans.
A new species has also recently been discovered in the Peruvian landscape, a spiny rat was found in Manu.
Peruvian folklore plays a big part in the life of the country and influences the festivals, rituals and dances you will experience while holidaying here. The Tondero dance is thought to have originated in the north of Peru in the district of Sana Lambayeque. This is a couples dance and is supposed to represent the rooster pursuing the chicken.
If you are a fan of horseback riding, then Peru is an ideal holiday destination. This pastime is well catered for and opportunities exist to ride in Playa de San Pedro in Lima, Lurin Valley also in Lima and on Ballestas Island among other destinations.
Peru is a dream for those wishing to take part in outdoor pursuits and mountain biking, scuba diving, trekking and mountaineering are also well catered for.