About Peru

Unique Country


The Peruvian often use superlatives to describe the features of our country, for example Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3856 meters (12,725 ft) above sea level or the awesome Cordillera Blanca, which is about 180 km (112 miles) long and 20 km (12 miles) wide. In this fairly small area, there are more than 50 peaks of 5700 meters (18,696 ft) or higher.


In contrast, North America has only three mountains in excess of 5700 meters: Pico de Orizaba in Mexico, Logan in Canada, Denali in Alaska and Europe has none. Only in Asia can you find mountain ranges higher that the Andes.


Huascaran, at 6,768 meters (22,199 ft), not only is Peru’s highest mountain, but also the highest peak in the tropics anywhere in the world.


The Amazon river, the world’s mightiest, originates in Peru and its namesake rainforest makes up much of the country.


Another wonder of Peru is the Colca’s canyon, the globe’s deepest and twice as deep as the Grand canyon of the United States.