Lima: the South American exception
Peru is a country like no other. The beauty of its landscapes, the secrets within its capital, and the complexity of its traditions never cease to bewitch and surprise.
The costumed and colourful dancing processions have existed for centuries, as have the rhythmic fanfares that joyfully enliven the heart of the city. Yet this is the Peruvian paradox: the urban vanguard sparkles, and its deep sense of modernity and innovation captivates everyone all the way back to the Old World. Out of nowhere, improbable roads venture between thick jungles and snowy mountaintops. Sometimes veiled in melancholy mists, Lima is the opposite of a silent city; it is subject to the fury of the Pacific Ocean and the chaos of its traffic snarls, but as soon as you get to know it, you'll love it. The city modestly conceals its Latin sensibility and its ancient, sophisticated culture, the heritage of a thousand-year-old past. It is a mass of mythic sites and lost legends, and its museums are filled with treasures and priceless vestiges of extinct civilisations. Art and nightlife thrive in the festive district of Barranco, which overflows with artists and bohemians. Peruvian cuisine consists of a fabulous variety of dishes woven together from four hundred years of Asian, Hispanic, and indigenous influences. The city has an impressive collection of Michelin-starred chefs today.
The mysteries of Peru's rich history are omnipresent for those eager to learn about ancient cultures and also for those fond of hiking. A visit to Lima would be pointless without a pilgrimage in search of pre-Columbian myths. Fly over the Nazca desert, take the Inca trail that leads to Machu Picchu, be one with nature as you visit the remote reed islands of Lake Titicaca. Magical, secret, and turbulent, Lima is the new Eldorado, willingly unveiling its charms under the tropical sun. Let us guide you through the maze of its memory and its intimacy, to the pleasing sound of the Andean music that tames the hearts of all.