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10 Reasons Peru Belongs at the Top of Your Bucket List

Image of Peru - Craig Howes

All images shot by one of South Africa’s best travel photographers, Craig Howes.

The Landscape looks like a fairytale.

The sun is setting over a valley in Peru with mountains in the background.

Paddling out into the sunrise in a jungle becomes a normal part of your day.

image of boats on a lake at sunrise - Craig Howes

So is staying in exotic eco jungle lodges located in luscious rainforests made from wood and clay.

Jungle Lodge in Peru - Craig Howes

Your mode of transportation through the Amazon river and rainforest is perfect for wildlife spotting. See toucans, macaws and capybaras along the way…

The vibrant Cusco city needs to be seen to be believed, packed with bars, restaurants and shops.

A picturesque cobblestone street in Cusco with mountains in the background.

And you can pick up colourful handicrafts, textiles, art and jewellery from local artisans at the buzzing markets.

A vibrant market in Cusco with a multitude of colorful items.

The incredible sunsets will give your gram a serious makeover.

Peru sunset - Craig Howes for Contiki

The kind and friendly Peruvian locals and their llamas will put a smile on your face every single day.

And of course, you get to travel on a train through the Peruvian jungle to visit one of the greatest wonders of the world…

Train ride in Peru - Craig Howes on Contiki

The legendary Machu Picchu, Peru’s ancient city and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

All images supplied by Craig Howes on Contiki’s Andes and Amazon highlights trip. Follow his awe inspiring Insta account here.

Image of Peru - Craig Howes