beyond the beaten path
Definitely a Must for any traveler willing to immerse body and soul in Nature, Peru is a real treasure chest of wonders, far beyond the spectacular citadel of Machu Picchu for which everyone knows it. Covered 60% by rainforest, traversed lengthwise by the Andean Plateau and caressed by over 2,400Km of coastline, Peru is not surprisingly among the world's so-called "mega-diverse" countries, i.e. the 17 nations that harbor the majority of Earth's species and highest numbers of endemic species. What really leaves you breathless is not so much the high altitude or the dazzling colours of places like Cusco or Lake Titicaca, but rather discovering at every step how intimately Nature and Culture have intertwined here, for millennia and up until today. The spectrum of unique natural experiences is so vast that a lifetime isn't enough to explore it all, and literally anyone can be assured of finding unrepeatable thrills here - from the Salkantay heights to the Chicama breaks, from the Gocta waterfalls to the Nasca lines, via the impenetrable forests of the Manu Reserve and the Amazon streams surrounding Iquitos... Pachamama's extraordinary generosity can't help but leave you amazed, grateful, and eager to protect such immense beauty.