The primordial beauty that is made manifest within South America is nothing short of staggering and astounding. From the tropical Amazon jungle, to the barren Atacama desert; from the expansive coastline, to the magnificent mountain regions, South America truly is a continent with an ever-changing landscape.

It is perhaps this transforming landscape that accounts for the multitude of different cultures that have rooted themselves into the fertile soil of this glorious continent; each country is different from the next, but each is equally rich in culture and splendour.

Peru, a country situated on the north-western coast of the continent, is littered with the essence of conflicting cultures. Heavily influenced by the ancient Incan civilisations and the Spanish conquest, the immemorial Peruvian culture is a timeless entity bound tightly by its amiable people and its immortal monuments.

For a country so old, it is only fitting that it is home to one of the most ancient wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Situated 2,430m above sea level, Machu Picchu is a secluded sanctuary where the Incan culture lives perpetually, and undisturbed. There are a plethora of ways to reach the incredible wonder, but it is the traditional Inca trail that truly invigorates the senses with the silent sentinels of one of the oldest cultures known to man.

Additionally, Peru is home to the largest lake in South America (based on volume of water), Lake Titicaca. This immense body of water is located in the Andes between the border of Peru and Bolivia and is home to the famous Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) where one can see some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the country.

Photography Credit: Rob Corica