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Peru Flag Peru (Spanish: Perú) is a country in South America. It shares land borders with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador, as well as having a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.

As of 2009, the population of Peru was estimated as being 29,132,0813 The country's capital and largest city is Lima, which has an estimated population of around 7.6 million, with a total of around 8.5 million living in the city's metropolitan area.

Peru Country Details


Country Name Peru
Political Status Country
Geographic Location South America
Flag Peru Flag
Principal Language Spanish
Capital Lima


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Lonely Planet Peru (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Greg Benchwick & Phillip Tang

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Lonely Planet Peru (Travel Guide)
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# 1 best-selling guide to Peru *

Lonely Planet Peru is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Trek the ancient Inca trail, puzzle over the mystery of the Nasca lines, wander the stone temples of Machu Picchu or indulge in local delicacies in Lima; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Peru and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Peru:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, cuisine, music, the arts, nature
  • Over 70 color maps
  • Covers Lima, Amazon Basin, Huaras, Cordilleras, Central Highlands, Chan Chan, Cuzco & the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Canyon Country and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Peru, our most comprehensive guide to Peru, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for just the highlights? Check out Discover Peru, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to Peru. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA.

Frommer's EasyGuide to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu (Easy Guides)
By Nicholas Gill

Frommermedia Llc
Paperback (288 pages)

Frommer s EasyGuide to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu (Easy Guides)
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Frommer’s books aren’t written by committee, or by travel writers who simply pop in briefly to a destination and then consider the job done. Frommer’s author Nicholas Gill has been covering Peru for over a decade and this book hits all the highlights, from iconic Machu Picchu to Lima's vibrant dining scene. He's checked out all of the country's best hotels and restaurants in person, and offers authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget, whether you’re a backpacker or on a splashy honeymoon. Most importantly, he’s not shy about telling readers what to see, and what they can skip without regret.

The book includes a fold-out map, plus detailed maps throughout the guide, exact pricing, opening hours, and other important details that will make your trip smoother and less hectic. It features smartly conceived itineraries for travelers of varying types, along with savvy, sometimes sneaky, tips for saving money in ALL price ranges, whether you need to pinch pennies or are able to splash out a bit. This book has it all from budget to luxury and everything in between.
Fodor's Peru: with Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail (Full-color Travel Guide)
By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's
Released: 2015-03-10
Paperback (480 pages)

Fodor s Peru: with Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and the Nazca lines are among the most-visited and awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the world. Bursting with beautiful full-color photos, Fodor's Peru provides expert insider advice on everything from the best guides to the Inca Trail to how to experience native cultures on Lake Titicaca.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps 
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on Peruvian cuisine, The Sacred Valley, and Nazca Lines
· Coverage of Lima, The Southern Coast, The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca, Cusco and The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, The Amazon Basin, The Central Highlands, The North Coast and Northern Highlands, and Bolivia


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Peru
By DK

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2016-08-02
Paperback (348 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Peru
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Peru is your indispensable guide to this beautiful part of the world.

Explore Peru region by region, from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside and a journey to Machu Picchu in the Inca heartland.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Peru.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Peru truly shows you this country as no one else can.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
By Mark Adams

Plume Books
Released: 2012-04-24
Paperback (333 pages)

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
The Rough Guide to Peru
By Dilwyn Jenkins

Rough Guides
Released: 2015-10-06
Paperback (536 pages)

The Rough Guide to Peru
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The Rough Guide to Peru is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating country, with full-color maps and detailed coverage of all its regions. Discover Peru's highlights with expert information on everything from hiking the Inca Trail and wildlife-spotting in the Amazon rainforest to shopping for souvenirs in vibrant markets and seeking out the best restaurants for ceviche.

This newly updated guide includes insider reviews of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants for all budgets, as well as stunning photography that brings it all to life.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Peru.

National Geographic Traveler: Peru, 2nd Edition
By Rob Rachowiecki

National Geographic
Released: 2015-01-06
Paperback (320 pages)

National Geographic Traveler: Peru, 2nd Edition
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This newly revised and updated guidebook introduces you to the wonders of Peru, from the high Andes peaks to the slow-moving Amazon waters. Be it learning about the four breeds of camels native to Peru or exploring the markets of Cuzco, you'll pick up the best suggestions for getting the most out of your trip. The guide begins with a detailed account of the country--what not to be missed, Peru today, food and drink, land and environment, history, and the arts--followed by nine regional chapters, including Lima, the Southern Lowlands and Southern Highlands, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the North Coast via the Central Highlands, Huaraz & the High Andes, and ending with the Northern Highlands and the Amazon. A detailed Travelwise section tells you how to get there and how to get around, with author-picked hotels and restaurants. Special features include walking tours along the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu and the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit, as well as city strolls through Cuzco and Colonial Lima; experiencial sidebars that detail how to learn Quechua, volunteer in the highlands, visit native artisans, and stay with local families; and Insider Tips from National Geographic and local experts that point you to where the locals go.

Aimed at active travelers who want authentic, enriching, cultural experiences and expert advice from a trustworthy source, National Geographic Travelers provide ways for people to experience a place rather than just visit, and give the true feel of each destination not easily found online.
The Last Days of the Incas
By Kim MacQuarrie

Brand: Simon n Schuster
Released: 2008-06-17
Paperback (522 pages)

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The epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, and the recent discovery of the lost guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorers.

In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca. Despite being outnumbered by more than two hundred to one, the Spaniards prevailed—due largely to their horses, their steel armor and swords, and their tactic of surprise. They captured and imprisoned Atahualpa. Although the Inca emperor paid an enormous ransom in gold, the Spaniards executed him anyway. The following year, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, completing their conquest of the largest native empire the New World has ever known. Peru was now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors were wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.

But the Incas did not submit willingly. A young Inca emperor, the brother of Atahualpa, soon led a massive rebellion against the Spaniards, inflicting heavy casualties and nearly wiping out the conquerors. Eventually, however, Pizarro and his men forced the emperor to abandon the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he established a hidden capital, called Vilcabamba—only recently rediscovered by a trio of colorful American explorers. Although the Incas fought a deadly, thirty-six-year-long guerrilla war, the Spanish ultimately captured the last Inca emperor and vanquished the native resistance.
Lonely Planet Discover Peru (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Greg Benchwick & Carolyn McCarthy

Lonely Planet
Paperback (324 pages)

Lonely Planet Discover Peru (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Discover Peru is your passport to Peru's top sights and most authentic experiences.

Scale the heights of Machu Picchu; puzzle over the Nazca Lines; or visit the sweltering, seductive Amazon Basin, all with your trusted travel companion. Offering visually-inspiring content along with the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you, this photo-rich, user-friendly guide makes planning fun and easy. Discover the best of Peru and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Discover Peru:

  • In-depth coverage of the destination's must-see sights along with hidden gems that most guidebooks miss to get you to the heart of a place
  • Intuitively organized with essential information at your fingertips
  • Eye-catching full-colour design and easy-to-use layout with maps and images throughout
  • Annotated images that bring a destination to life
  • Practical planning and transport tools including a fold-out map (included in print version) that gives instant access to must-see sights to help you navigate as you plot out your itinerary
  • Short and extended itineraries to help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests to make the most of your time on the road
  • Insider tips and insights to save time and money, avoid crowds and trouble spots, and to get to know the destination like a local
  • Honest recommendations for all budgets
  • Cultural insights and background information to put top sights and experiences in context and to give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience (includes history, outdoor activities, environment, wildlife, cuisine, music, arts, and language)
  • Covers Lima, Islas Ballestas, Nazca, Arequipa, El Valle Sagrado, the Cordilleras, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Huaraz, Trujillo, Iqutos, Amazon Basin and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Discover Peru , our easy-to-use, expertly curated guide, is filled with inspiring and colourful photos and focuses on Peru's most popular attractions and authentic experiences for those looking for the best of the best and have minimal time for planning.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences and extensively covers all of the ins and outs of the country? Check out Lonely Planet Peru.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Insight Guides: Peru
By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
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Insight Guides: Peru
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Inca ruins, Amazon jungle, and fascinating tribal customs make Peru a top destination for travelers interested in landscape and culture, as well adventure sports enthusiasts. This new edition of Insight Guide Peru is a comprehensive, full-color travel guide packed with inspiration and information. From national parks and natural wonders to unique cultural experiences, the Best of Peru has it covered. Lively features on Peru’s history and culture provide an in-depth introduction to what makes the country unique, while stunning photography captures its people, landscape and wildlife.
Detailed full-color maps help you get around, while the travel tips section is packed with useful information on transportation, climate, festivals, and outdoor activities, and provides answers to such questions as when to go, where to stay and what to budget for your trip

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