Peru is has long been a favourite destination on the South America backpacker trail, but there’s more to tempt you here than the oft-photographed llamas and ruins. Not least a whole host of landscapes to explore, from sand dunes to epic mountain ranges. Here we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite images – with a few llamas included – from Picfair’s best photographers.

Traditional life in Cusco

Traditional life in Cusco, Peru, South AmericaAnna Rebecka Lindberg / Picfair

A llama at Machu Picchu

Photobombed by a llama, Machu Picchu, PeruHelen Sheard / Picfair

Water colors in metal jars for sale at a market in Sacred Valley, Pisac

Colours at Peruvian market, PeruAnna Rebecka Lindberg / Picfair

A street vendor sells an unusual variety of potato in Cusco

Selling spuds at a Peruvian market, Peru, South AmericaDesignXen / Picfair

Two men chat

Locals having a Sunday chat in PeruAnna Rebecka Lindberg / Picfair

Luxurious train with panoramic view from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

Blue train in trainstation in Peru, South AmericaPatricia Hofmeester / Picfair

On the way to Cusco

The road to Cusco, Peru, South AmericaFilipe Frazao / Picfair

Salt water basins at the salt mines in Maras

Salt water basins, PeruPatricia Hofmeester / Picfair

Peruvian woman with baby alpaca

Traditional Peruvian woman with baby alpaca posing in the Colca CanyonPatricia Hofmeester / Picfair

Dune buggy ride in Huacachina

Dune bashing in Peru, South AmericaCharlotte Gassor / Picfair

Street vendors push their produce to market in Huancayo

People shopping in Farmer's Market, PeruDesignXen / Picfair

A tuk tuk in Máncora

Tuk Tuk Descansar in Mancora, PeruCharles Duncombe / Picfair

A woman weaving

Woman using a traditional handloom in Peru, South AmericaDesignXen / Picfair

Moray ruins

Moray Ruins, PeruNandoacha / Picfair

A three wheeled motorcycle rickshaw in the backstreets of Nazca

Peruvian rickshaw, Nazca, PeruNeil Julian / Picfair

Feeding the pelicans, El Chaco beach, Paracas

Feeding the pelicans, El Chaco beach, Paracas, PeruNeil Julian / Picfair

A street vendor’s cart packed with olives in Huancayo

Olive oil seller in the market, PeruDesignXen / Picfair

Mountain Boy leading the pack on the Salkantay trek

Mountain Boy Leading the Pack, PeruCharles Duncombe / Picfair

The Andes mountain range reflected in a lake

Andes mountain range reflected in a lake, Peru, South AmericaAmanda Dawes / Picfair

Machu Picchu from above

Machu Picchu as seen from the mountain, Peru, South AmericaCharles Duncombe / Picfair

Explore more of Peru with the Rough Guide to PeruCompare flights, find toursbook hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to buy travel insurance before you go.

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