The National Geographic Traveler guidebooks are focused on experiential travel. Each book provides inspiring photography, insider tips, and expert advice for a more authentic, enriching experience of the destination.
For those who dream of exploring the magnificent Pacific coast, contemplating the infinite beauty of the Andes and immersing themselves in the boundless Amazonian jungle--Peru awaits. This South American gem offers an enviable wealth of different landscapes and climates--and more than 5,000 archaeological sites hidden in the heart of its forests, mountains, and deserts. The country's natural bounty is unique and extreme, from the arid deserts on the Pacific coast to the highest navigable lake on the planet to the imposing tropical mountain ranges. Of course, no visit to Peru is complete without a stop at Machu Picchu, and this guide does not disappoint with an itinerary just for visiting this ancient wonder. But beyond those historic walls, expert National Geographic writers provide thousands of other suggestions to immerse yourself in the colonial streets of Lima, taste the regional food, and explore Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire at 11,155 (3,400 m) above sea level. In this richly illustrated guide, find excursions to rarely-visited sites including the red sand beaches of Paracas Reserve--the first UNESCO protected natural area--and insider tips on popular destinations such as Lake Titicaca and its floating villages. Plus, follow our guides through the Peruvian Amazon--the best kept secret of South America and the last virgin forests on Earth. Comprehensive, practical, and inspiring, this is the ultimate guide to well-known and hidden Peru.