Tourism in Peru

Since the 2000s, Tourism in Peru makes up the nation's third largest industry, behind fishing and mining. Tourism is directed towards archaeological monuments, ecotourism in the Peruvian Amazon, cultural tourism in colonial cities, gastronomic tourism, adventure tourism, beach tourism. According to a Peruvian government study, the satisfaction rate for tourists after visiting Peru is 94%. Tourism is the most growing industry in Peru, growing annually at a rate of 25% over the past five years. Tourism is growing in Peru faster than any other country in South America. Iperú is the Peruvian national tourist office. Peru does not have one clear national airline, but rather a number of different airlines offering service to Peru from North America, South America and Asia; some of the most popular airlines are LAN Perú, Avianca Peru, Star Perú. The country's airports are served by many international airlines from other nations; the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima is the nation's leading international airport and received 15,295,808 passengers in 2013.

Domestic air travel serves as a major method for tourists to traverse the country with multiple airlines offering service between many of Peru's cities. Peru has highway connections with all but Colombia. International bus routes are operated on each of these highways providing service from Peruvian cities to other South American cities. Domestically, the highway system is extensive and covers nearly the entire country excluding the department of Loreto which can only be accessed by boat or airplane. There are frequent buses traveling throughout the country. But, bus travel is dangerous as many of these highways are built on cliffs, accidents leading to death are reported by the media. Buses are held up by highwaymen in remote areas; the buses range in size and comfort but they have cushioned reclining seats and a form of onboard entertainment, such as a movie or music. Many offer sleeper buses, with seats that recline to become beds; the Lima Metro is complete, with one line operational, but other regions do not have this system.

Tourists must travel by taxi within the city. Outside of Lima, there are only two major railway systems in operation, one in the central part of the country and the other in the south; the central railway starts at sea level in Lima and traverses the Andes, crossing through the Junín and Huancavelica departments. The southern railway is the one most used by tourists, as a segment of its route goes from the city of Cusco to the citadel of Machu Picchu, a major tourist attraction; this route offers seating options ranging from economy class to first class. The railway originates in the city of Mollendo in the Arequipa Region and goes through the Puno and Cusco regions, passing through the cities of Arequipa, Juliaca, the citadel of Machu Picchu, ends at Cusco; the railway is operated by the largest railway manager in Peru. A newer railway, IncaRail takes tourists from nearby cities to Aguas Calientes at the bottom of Machu Picchu. Another mode of transportation in the Amazonian area is river transport.

River transportation companies operate routes between the cities of the Peruvian Amazon. The main hubs of this network are the cities of Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado and Yurimaguas; because of the lack of roads in this region, river transport, along with air travel, are the most efficient and important methods of transport. Tourism is the third largest industry in Peru, it employs 11% of the labor force in Peru the majority of them belonging to the hotel and transportation industries. The industry makes up 7% of the Peruvian gross domestic product and is the fastest growing industry in the country, it is regulated by the Commission for the Promotion of Peru belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Tourism. In 2000, about 1 million tourists visited Peru that year, with tourist activity increasing due to the decrease of guerrilla activity. By 2017, more than 4 million tourists were visiting the country annually. Most visitors arriving in Peru on a short-term basis in 2017 were from the following countries by nationality: Cultural tourism forms the largest sector of the tourism industry in Peru.

Pre-Columbian civilizations – most notably the Inca Empire, Chavín, Nasca – left a large archeological and cultural impact on the nation. The ruins of Machu Picchu are the most internationally recognized of all the ruins of Peru and therefore receive the most tourists; the other popular ruins are those of Chan Chan, Sipán, Nazca Lines, Caral, Sacsayhuamán, Sillustani. Tourists visit the Spanish colonial architecture in many cities in Peru; some of the most outstanding examples of Spanish colonial architecture are in the cities of Lima and Cusco. These areas, many built over 500 years ago, demonstrate the superb architectural ingenuity of the colonists during the Viceroyalty of Peru; the city of Lima has many acclaimed museums holding works of art reflecting the diverse history of the country. These museums include the National Museum, National Museum of Anthropology and History. There are many museums outside Lima, including the Regional Museum of the National University of San Martin in Tarapoto, San Martin.

60% of the land of Peru is in the Amazon Basin, 74% of the land is covered by the Amazon rainforest itself. Peru has a higher percentage of land area protected in national parks and reserves than any other country in South Ameri


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