This updated guide to Peru is part of a series of individual country guides on Latin America by the publishers of the "South American Handbook". Peru in the late 1990s is a forward-looking country thanks to the political and economic stability brought about by President Fujimori. Traditional centres like Cusco and Machu Picchu are booming, and once-popular destinations such as the colonial city of Ayacucho are re-establishing themselves. At the same time, new attractions are opening up. In the north, archaelogical discoveries are providing great scope for independent exploration. In Arequipa province, a canyon deeper than Colca, Cotahausi, has come onto the tourist route. This portable and lightweight handbook provides detailed coverage of: the history and culture of Peru; Peruvian archaeology, new sites and areas to explore; food and drink; climbing in the Cordillera Blanca; best beaches, best surfing and where to fish; and full information on the condor and all wildlife.