With its cultural wonders, rich ancient history, and dramatic mountain peaks, Peru is a country worth exploring. Peru’s mix of Spanish colonial influences and a strong indigenous identity make it a region full of diverse languages, cultures, and traditions. Whether you’re in Peru for a few days or a few months, you can rest assured you’ll never run out of things to explore. From the bustling city centers of Lima and Arequipa to the stunning natural beauty of the Amazon and the cultural marvel that is Machu Picchu, Peru is a one of a kind travel destination.

01Start the adventure in Lima

Miraflores district in Lima, Peru ©FabianLeow / Getty Images

Peru’s capital city of Lima is a culturally rich city full of indigenous and colonial history. Nicknamed The City of Kings, Lima is a thriving city full of vibrant neighborhoods, fascinating museums, and breathtaking coastal views. Spend a few days exploring Lima, taking in the industries and identities that makes up modern-day Peru. Make sure you stop at Museo Larco for its display of indigenous art and Pre-Columbian artifacts. The museum also has a large garden and top-rated restaurant for visitors to relax in. While you're in the city, take a day to stroll through the quaint neighborhood of Miraflores and the nearby Parque del Amor to enjoy coastal views of the Pacific Ocean. For shopping, head to the Mercado Central to get fresh food, local goods, and souvenirs. History buffs can check out the Plaza de Armas and the ancient pyramid of Huaca Pucllana, two of Lima's important cultural sites.