Take Mancora, a typically‑chilled surf town near the Ecuadorian border. American and British travellers have yet to cotton on to the breaks and golden sands here, let alone its boutique beach hotel‑spa, Arennas de Máncora: all hot tubs, palm trees and clean‑lined architecture.
In either coastal direction white-sand beaches await where one can dive, kitesurf and fish – with this stretch of the Peruvian Pacific inspiring Ernest Hemingway’s angling novella, The Old Man and the Sea.We also recommend exploring wider Northern Peru. Kuelap is a mighty walled settlement accessible via new cable cars, while the cities of Chiclayo and Trujillo host pyramids, clay-brick citadels and the Lord of Sipan’s glittering, gold-festooned tomb.
Machu where? Peru is about more than Machu Picchu
Peru has long enticed travellers, chiefly thanks to its incredible Incan citadel of Machu Picchu: a mountain-top kingdom above the cloudforest, capable of reducing the most stony-faced visitor to tears of joy.
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