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Overview to Peru: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Quite simply, Peru is backpacking and backpacking is Peru. It’s got everything: from a capital that seems to ramble on forever in the middle of an expansive desert, to the world’s most famous Incan ruins that perch, captivatingly, amongst breathtaking mountaintops.
The country is split neatly into three by drastically different landscapes that run in north-to-south strips. Most travelers begin on the west coast, where sprawling Lima is made up of a strange mix of skyscrapers and shantytowns within its dry and dusty desert-like surroundings.
East from Lima lies the Andes – South America’s vast mountain range – and the splendid colonial city of Cusco. This is the starting point for the many backpackers hitting the Inca Trail in search of the peerless majesty of Machu Picchu.
Further to the east things change again. From the peaks of the Andes, the eastern third of Peru mainly consists of tropical rainforest. Guides can be found in the tourist-friendly town of Iquitos and treks offer a privileged view of a dizzying array of flora and fauna.
Whether it’s the long beaches of the west, the mountains of the center, or the wildlife packed jungles in the east, Peru is sure to provide a near-transcendental experience. With such diversity, it’s almost certain to be any traveler in South America’s idea of heaven.