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Melissa’s Travels: An Insider’s Guide to Peru

Peru is one of my favorite South American countries, because of its incredible variety of landscapes—from the Pacific coast and Amazon jungle to the Andean mountains and Sacred Valley—and cultures—from ancient and Incan to colonial and indigenous. Yet every time I return, I make new discoveries—from the exquisite isolation of the Amazon River to the bohemian art districts of Lima.

On last month’s Insider Journey, we bypassed some of the country’s best-known attractions (Machu Picchu and Cusco) and instead headed to Lima and the Amazon River: we savored local specialties, toured private colonial mansions, explored flooded forests and visited indigenous inhabitants. Each day, we uncovered more of Peru’s secrets. Read on for my favorite foodie finds and not-to-be-missed boutiques in Lima, to meet a few of the inspiring people I encountered along the way and to learn more about the Amazon and why it is a must for lovers of wilderness, wildlife and wonder.

Contact Indagare to speak with one of our Peru specialists about planning a trip, or to learn about upcoming Insider Journeys.

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Exploring the Peruvian Amazon

One of Peru’s lesser-visited attractions (compared to iconic sights like Machu Picchu), the Peruvian Amazon is a rainforest basin that makes up more than 60% of the country’s landmass, but is inhabited by only 9% of its population. As such, it offers rich adventure and wilderness experiences, but also the opportunity to interact with local people. Cruising the Amazon on the exquisite Aqua Expedition’s Aria boat was one of the highlihgts of our Insider Journey; see some of our group’s photos.

– Melissa Biggs Bradley on February 23, 2018

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Peru is one of my favorite South American countries because of its incredible variety of landscapes and cultures, and every time I return, I make new discoveries—from the exquisite isolation of the Amazon River to the bohemian art districts of Lima.
~ Melissa Biggs Bradley

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