Exploring Peru's Hidden Wonders
Peru is another country where many visitors get stuck into a "Machu Picchu or bust" mindset. There’s so much more Incan and pre-Incan history to be explored. The Nazca lines, a world-renowned mystery, can be found in the South, on the other side of the Andes. These 2,000-year-old geoglyphs, covering over 50 miles, showcase roughly 300 baffling stylized animal and plant designs, best viewed from the air on customized tours or a 43-foot high observation tower for views of two striking shapes.
Nazca Lines | Cahuachi
Found in one of the driest areas globally, these wonders remain protected from erosive damage. Nearby, the archaeological site of Cahuachi provides further insight into the Nazca line creators, with remarkable structures like a pyramid and a stepped temple that fascinate visitors with a treasure of discoveries including textiles, engraved gourds, pottery and ancient mummies.
Belmond Andean Explorer
But perhaps the easiest and most divine way to see more of the highlands is on board the Belmond train, the Andean Explorer. Champagne flows as easily as the mountainous landscape outside your windows – from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and beyond.
Belmond Andean Explorer | Uros Reed Boat
After watching the sun rise over the world-famous Lake Titicaca, a Belmond guide takes you onto the lake to meet the Uros people, who live on islands they have built out of reeds. The journey and the scenery are equally impressive, from the fine dining and historic décor of the Belmond dining car to the rare experience of treatments in the spa car while the train gently trundles onward through unforgettable vistas.