Peru offers a stunningly rich South American experience. It is not only home to the most distinctive ancient ruins in the Southern Hemisphere (Machu Picchu), but also the oldest civilization in the Americas (Norte Chico). Its colonial cathedrals have been well-maintained for centuries, and its beaches inspired a Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway. Not to mention: its original and varied cuisine is an absolute delight to savor. What more can you ask for from a single country?