Peru Highlights

by Alexander Stewart

Peru Highlights

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Peru is a country that enchants millions of visitors every year. In such a diverse country, deciding on whether to concentrate on history and culture, outdoor activities, ancient cultures or wildlife is a challenge for even the most experienced traveller. Full-colour throughout, Peru Highlights cuts through the vast array of available material and showcases the best places to visit, the ultimate itineraries and the finest routes to follow. First-hand descriptions of essential sights and wildlife, and contributions on accommodation and travel tips from expert tour operators create both a valuable planning tool for selecting an itinerary and liaising with operators and a colourful companion to take on your trip.

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Alexander Stewart first visited Peru having studied the Spanish conquest of the country at university. Since then he has been travelling to Peru for 15 years, and has been a guidebook writer for almost 10 years.

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Contents

Introduction vii
Introducing Peru 1
1 Background 2
History 5
People 20
Culture 23
2 The Natural World 24
Geography and climate 26
Habitats and vegetation 27
Wildlife 32
3 Planning a Trip 48
When to visit 50
Itinerary planning 51
Your itinerary: 20 top attractions 58
Red tape 68
Getting there 68
Health and safety 69
What to take 72
Organising your finances 74
4 On the Ground 76
Health and safety in Peru 78
Banking and foreign exchange 83
Food and drink 85
Shopping 88
Media and communications 91
Business and time 93
Cultural etiquette 93

Peru Highlights 95
5 Lima 96
History 98
Lima highlights 103
Around Lima highlights 115
6 The North 120
Huaraz to Caraz 122
Trujillo to Chiclayo 132
Máncora to Tumbes 146
7 Coastal Peru South of Lima 150
Cañete 152
Pisco and around 153
Paracas 156
Ica 160
Nazca 164
8 The south 170
Arequipa and around 173
Puno and Lake Titicaca 186
9 Cusco, Machu Picchu and around 198
Cusco and around 201
El Valle Sagrado 217
Aguas Calientes and around 223
Machu Picchu 228
10 The Amazon 240
Iquitos and around 242
Puerto Maldonado and around 250
Language 261
Selected Reading 264
Index 267

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