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Lakeside Camping

ICA

Ica boasts characteristic dunes and a vast desert etched with enigmatic figures, the Nasca Lines, transformed into fertile fields by ancient cultures: The Paracas and the Nasca. Land of valleys, sun, beaches and a Natural Reserve inhabited by a lush variety of flora and fauna, it is also a mysterious land of villages, home of fine wine and "pisco", Afro-Peruvian music, and an oasis like the Huacachina, a patch of life in the heart of a blanket of sand.

Ica: more than one reason to enjoy it.

Location: Central coast of Peru.
Size: 21,305 km2 (8,226 sq.miles).

WHAT TO WEAR...

Sunny almost all year round.

Sunny

Maximum temperature 32°C 90°F

Minimum temperature 9°C 48°F

WHAT TO EAT...

Pisco

Carapulcra

Chapanas

Morusa

Tejas

WHERE TO GO...

IN THE CITY:

Cathedral

Sanctuary of the Lord of Luren

Adolfo Bermúdez Jenkins Regional Museum

Marqués de Torre Hermosa Manor House

​OUTSIDE THE CITY:

Vista Alegre Winery

Nazca Lines (Nazca)

Huacachina Lagoon

Cachiche Town

Beaches and Deserts

ICA

CUSCO

Seductive, striking and natural, Cusco’s history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns.Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons can be seen in Choquequirao, Saysayhuamán, Kenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Peruvians in an ecological environment. Captivating landscapes such as the Sacred Valley, where the mountains are clothed by terraces.

Pictures villages where the past forms part of the present. Cusco really is the birthplace of the world.

Location: Andes mountain range in the south of Peru

Extension: 72,104 km2.

WHAT TO WEAR...

Cusco City has a semi-dry and cold climate.

Semi-dry and cold.

Maximum temperature 21°C 70°F

Minimum temperature 1°C 34°F

WHERE TO GO...

IN THE CITY:

Cuzco Plaza de Armas

Cuzco Cathedral

Temple of La Compañía de Jesús (Society of Jesus)

San Blas neighbourhood

Temple of San Blas

​OUTSIDE THE CITY:

Sacsayhuamán Archaeological Complex (Cuzco)

Qenko archaeological complex (Cusco)

Puka Pukara Archaeological Complex (Cuzco)

Tambomachay Archaeological Complex (Cuzco)

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Cusco)

WHAT TO EAT...

Kapchi

Humita

Adobo

Chicharrón with mote

Tamal

Chairo

CUSCO

AREQUIPA

Peru's ashlar (white stone) city with snow-capped mountains, volcanoes (e.g. Misti), deep canyons (e.g. Cotahuasi and Colca), renowned gastronomy, small coves and beaches.

Location: Nestling between the coast and the southern highlands of Peru, Arequipa is the land of with great destinations with heights on snow-capped peaks such as Ampato (6,288 m), volcanoes like Chachani (6,075 m) and El Misti (5,825 m).

WHAT TO WEAR...

The region has a semi-arid and temperate climate. The rainy season begins in January and ends in March.

Semi-arid and temperate.

Maximum temperature 22°C 72°F

Minimum temperature 5°C 41°F

WHERE TO GO...

IN THE CITY:

Arequipa Cathedral and Museum

The Society of Jesus Church and Complex

Santa Catalina Monastery

Santo Domingo Church and Convent

Goyeneche House

​OUTSIDE THE CITY:

Sabandía (Arequipa)

Yanahuara scenic viewpoint (Arequipa)

Founder's Mansion, Socabaya (Arequipa)

Sumbay Caves - Cave Art (Arequipa)

Misti Volcano (Arequipa)

WHAT TO EAT...

TRADITIONAL DRINKS

Solterito

Pebre

Chupe de camarones

Arequipa marinade

Queso helado

Stuffed rocoto (hot chili pepper)

Ocopa

El sanguito

AREQUIPA

MADRE DE DIOS

Madre de Dios is home to never-ending forests, winding rivers and abundant wildlife. It is a wildlife reserve and refuge for endangered species, like the maned wolf and marsh deer. This region is also home to indigenous communities that promote ecotourism in regions with some of the richest biodiversity in the world, such as Lake Sandoval, Lake Valencia, Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, the only tropical, humid savannah ecosystem in Peru.

This experience can only be organized with guides and specialist agencies.

Location: Located in the southeast of Peru, on the border with Bolivia and Brazil. It mainly consists of floodplains with three to four fluvial terraces in the Amazon rainforest.

Size: 85,183 km2 (32,889 sq.miles).

WHAT TO WEAR...

The city of Puerto Maldonado has a hot, wet climate all year round, apart from in June and July, when temperatures can fall thanks to the “El friaje” phenomenon caused by winds blowing from the South (Patagonia) up to the Amazon. The rainy season lasts from November to April. In the towns and villages in the province of Manu the climate is temperate and wet, with high humidity and fog in the mornings; there is more rain in these highland rainforest areas than in the lowland rainforest areas.

Warm and humid

Maximum temperature 33°C 91°F

Minimum temperature 17°C 63°F

WHERE TO GO...

IN THE CITY:

Puerto Maldonado (Maldonado Port)

​OUTSIDE THE CITY:

Colpa de Guacamayos de Colorado (Macaws Sanctuary) (Tambopata)

Sandoval Lake (Tambopata)

Valencia Lake (Tambopata)

Bahuaja-Sonene National Park (Tambopata)

Tambopata National Reserve (Tambopata)

WHAT TO EAT...

Masato

Inchicapi

Tacacho con cecina (Tacacho with jerky)

Juane

MADRE DE DIOS

PUNO

Located on the Andean plateau of Peru, the Puno region is dominated by Lake Titicaca, sacred place of the Incas and home to natural and artificial islands. Among the many destinations, there are pre-Hispanic archaeological sites with circular constructions that still go by their original name of “chullpas”. Puno’s churches are characterized by their distinctive colonial architecture. Its inhabitants are proud of their Quechua and Aymara past, and their folkloric tradition that can be seen every year in the form of dances and rituals during the Candelaria festival. Puno is a legend, a multicolored festival, and home to natural and artificial islands.

Puno is a legend, a multicolored festival, and home to natural and artificial islands.

Location: Located in the mountainous south of Peru, it shares a border with Bolivia. The land is more or less flat, because much of it is on the Collao plateau.

Size: 71,999 km2 (27,799 sq.miles).

WHAT TO WEAR...

The climate of most towns and villages is cold and semi-dry, with rain in summer and high humidity. However, in the province of Sandia the climate is hot in the towns and villages on the eastern slopes, and warm and temperate in the other towns and villages, with rain all year round across the entire province.

Temperate

Maximum temperature 15°C 59°F

Minimum temperature -1°C 30°F

WHERE TO GO...

IN THE CITY:

Puno Cathedral

Balcony of the Conde de Lemos

Carlos Dreyer Municipal Museum

Deustua Arch

Huajsapata Hill

​OUTSIDE THE CITY:

Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Uros Floating Islands (Puno)

Amantaní Island (Puno)

Taquile Island (Puno)

Chucuito (Puno)

WHAT TO EAT...

Kancacho