To immerse yourself completely in Peru's Pre-Columbian past, you will of course pay homage to the country's undisputed star attraction, Machu Picchu. From there, continue to Cuzco, cradle of the Inca empire, but also a lively, thriving city famous for its excellent art and crafts. Far more urban and over-crowded, the capital Lima on the Pacific Coast, is home to fascinating museums. Arequipa, tucked away in the Atacama desert, is proud of its historic centre and Santa Catalina convent.
From here, you will begin a new journey. Make a beeline for the cañon del Colca where you will be on the lookout for the morning flight of the condors. Fly over the enigmatic Nazca lines which never fail to impress! Leave Huaraz in the company of a guide for a trek in the Cordillera blanca, admiring the turquoise lagoon of Llanganuco on your way. Get to know the Peruvians on an island on the unavoidable Lake Titicaca. Go surfing on the Pacific Coast and spend a night in the Amazon Forest!
Michelin's recommendations for Peru
Kuelap, the Machu Picchu of the north
High-perched at almost 3,000m/10,00ft, this fortress was erected in the 10th century by a Pre-Incan civilization, the Chachapoyas. This jewel of northern Peru, located in the Amazonas region, can now be reached by cable car.
Recently excavated Pre-Incan treasures
Finely chiselled gold jewellery and puma-shaped, stirrup-spout earthenware bottles – the recent discoveries of the Moche culture unearthed at the Trujillo archaeological site and in the tomb at Lambayaque bear witness to the expert craft skills of the early Andean cities along the northern coast of Peru.