On a continent not short of wonders, Peru stands out for its abundance of cultural riches, history, spectacular scenery, and diversity. Mention Peru and Machu Picchu immediately springs to mind, yet as awesome as this ancient Inca citadel is (and it should definitely not be missed) this country on the Pacific coast of the continent has so much more to offer. Colonial Cusco is rich with fascinating archaeological sites; the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and the people who inhabit them are truly unique, while the food scene and markets in the capital Lima are a feast in every sense. Soaring Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforests, amazing beaches and surf, are all here to be discovered and enjoyed. Life tends to be lived – and celebrated – on the streets, and even the smallest pueblos honour their history with colourful festivals and pageants. Be sure to leave room in your luggage to bring home some exquisite handcrafts!