In the northwest of South America, Peru is well known for its warm, hospitable people, rich culture and innovative cuisine, all of these a uniquely Peruvian combination of Old World Spanish influences and deep rooted Inca traditions.

Though the Amazon rainforest comprises almost 60% of this country’s national territory, Peru also encompasses the majestic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca where natives still live on floating islands made of reeds and the towering Andes Mountains where lush green cloud forests are home to an abundance of wildlife distinct from that of the Amazon.

The U.S. State Department classifies Peru as “a developing country with an expanding tourism sector”. A wide variety of tourist facilities and services are available, with quality varying according to price and location.” This was not always the case. Internal conflicts defined Peru’s political history in the latter years of the 20th century. Separatist groups like Shining Path and the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement drew international attention, choked the national economy and virtually stopped international tourism. Since the millennium, under a series of democratically elected presidents, Peru has achieved political and economic stability, which has greatly improved safety conditions for tourists, and international arrival figures have risen steadily as have the number of luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and unique experiences that would appeal to sophisticated, intellectually curious travelers and adventurers.

Aqua Expeditions designed the Aqua Amazon and the Aria Amazon journeys on the Amazon River as stand alone adventures of a lifetime. For those who wish to further explore the culture, history and natural wonders of Peru, Aqua Expeditions’ pre- and post-cruise excursions bring visitors to Peru’s most fascinating sites.