Welcome to Central Highlands

This sector of the Andes is Peru at its most Peruvian: at its zenith from Easter to July for the greatest of its myriad fiestas. Travel here is not for the faint-hearted. But adventure-spirited souls will discover better insights into local life than are possible elsewhere: bonding with fellow passengers on bumpy buses, perhaps, or hiking into high hills to little-visited Inca palaces.

Life in this starkly beautiful region is lived off the land: more donkeys than cars often ply its roads and bright indigenous dress predominates in communities housing Peru’s best handicrafts. The soaring, lake-studded mountains often almost seem to shield the Central Highlands from the 21st century.

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Central Highlands in detail