Peru & Bolivia
You can’t call yourself a tramper if you haven’t done Peru’s Inca Trail, up in the Andes with hummingbirds and butterflies and fabulous Inca ruins, your final reward the magical glory of Machu Picchu.
Or you could lie back in a canoe made of reeds and be taken for a spin on Lake Titicaca, the sea in the sky. Test your stomach on a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines, huge shapes drawn by ancient peoples – or maybe aliens! Become an expert on telling a llama from an alpaca from a vicuna, and buy a hand-knitted condor finger-puppet from a red-cheeked Indian child – or see the real thing rising up on the thermals at Colca Canyon.
There’s culture and nightclubs, markets and museums in Cusco, shops and Spanish cathedrals in Lima, an ice-maiden and monastery in Arequipa – or next door in Bolivia, nature as you’ve never seen it: vast dazzling salt flats surrounded by the lunar mountains of the Altiplano, a monochrome background for the bright skirts and shawls of the Indian women in their bowler hats.