Peru Map for Tourists, South America

Peru Map of tourist places

Peru Map of  main tourist attractions.

Small Peruvian Amazon Map below

Peru map: what’s so special about Peru?

Machu Picchu and Inca trail panorama, Peru.

Machu Picchu and Inca trail panorama, Peru. Photo by Martin St Amant.

Peru’s ancient Inca civilization was largely wiped out by the arrival of the Spanish in 1532 but their remaining ancestors in modern day Peru are known as the Quechua, the same as their language.
On the map above you will see Cusco and the nearby ancient ruins of Machu Picchu (aka Machu Pichu and other variations). Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire that stretched into both Ecuador and Chile.

This country is supremely and exquisitely varied, bizarre, vibrant and spectacular, not only South America’s most colourful, diverse and fascinating country but arguably the world’s most striking tourist destination.

Peru is culture overload champion but historically fascinating too, with Inca versus Spanish stories scattered throughout the Andean areas in addition to Inca remnants.

Key targets for Peru tourism are the landscapes, ranging from the lush Amazon Rainforest through the arid Nazca desert and its very strange graphics to the high plains, trails and Lake Titicaca amid the magnificent Andes mountains.

Sensational architecture can be found in Lima, the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, Cuzco while Machu Picchu is simply stunning in location and sophisticated construction, particularly if you are staggering in off the Inca Trail.

All this and the people are brilliantly colourful, the food interesting, the weather’s good if you pick the right month and generally Peru tours are cheap. More Peru Travel pictures and information.

Sacsayhuaman fortress, Cusco, Peru

Sacsayhuaman fortress above Cusco, Peru. Photo by Martin St. Amant.

Peru Amazon Map

Amazon Rainforest Map, South America

Amazon Rainforest map

The Amazon rainforest encompasses half of the entire world’s tropical rainforests and crosses 9 national borders with 60% in Brazil and 13% in Peru and the rest in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
Wildlife: 20% of all the world’s birds live in the Amazon, 1, 300 bird species, 430 mammal species, 378 reptile species and – wait for it – 2. 5 million insect species. I knew there was something itchy around there. Also 40, 000 plant species.

At the current rate of deforestation – mainly for livestock and soy bean farming – 40% of the Amazon rainforest will disappear in the next twenty years.

Information on the rainforest, wildlife, tribes and how to help: