Everyone knows Machu Picchu and the other Incan ruins, many of you probably have pictures of yourself standing in front of them. Peru is home to some of the most famously traveled sights in the world. But along with these famous ruins, Peru has a rebounding economy, fierce national pride and cooking that makes this country a joy to visit.
What to do
If you haven't seen Machu Pichu, by all means take the time to see this ruin. It's easily the most popular and best tourist attraction in Peru. At the moment, Peruvian tourism officials are working on ways to preserve the monument and protect it from further decline as it becomes one of the most popular sights in the world.
The other blue-chip tourist destination in Peru is the city of Cuzco. A UNESCO world heritage sight, the city is a place to be treasured and explored slowly over the course of several days if you have the time.
The popularity of Peru and its top-tier attractions has brought many airlines to offer flights to the city. Many major airports in North America offer non-stop flights to the international airport in Lima, including Los Angeles, which shuttles in most of the air passenger traffic from Asia.
Where to stay
Peru's hotels are often quite inexpensive compared to similarly popular travel destinations, many four star hotels are only $30 a night. Hostels are equally inexpensive, but in Peru the definition of a hostel varies from a typical backpacker hut, to a pay-by-the-hour room for lovers.