IT’S EASY to cast Peru in superlative terms. The nation has the world’s deepest canyon, a selection of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest mountains, and one of the driest deserts on Earth. It contains the headwaters of the world’s most massive river and a sizable portion of the largest tract of tropical rainforest on the planet.
The country is classified as “megadiverse,” home to 21,462 species of plants and animals, almost 6,000 of which are endemic. Dozens if not hundreds of influential cultures have risen in Peru within the last 11,000 years, with the Inca representing the largest empire in pre-Columbian America.
All of this makes for some seriously epic Peru travel opportunities. Below are 40 images that get us fired up to visit.