Peru is predicted to be a 2012 holiday hotspot

Aussies are always looking for new challenges and experiences when booking their holidays and the strength of the dollar means there has never been a better time to travel.

While Europe, the US and Asia have traditionally been popular destinations among Australians, a growing number of people are now favouring South America.

There are plenty of places to see, with Brazil, Argentina and Chile all providing fascinating vacations, but there is one country that stands out in particular – Peru.

Bosses at British travel comparison website believe people from all over the world will descend on Peru in 2012.

The country has an array of amazing attractions, including the famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu.

Trips to this part of the world also represent great value for money, with Aussies benefiting from the best exchange rates seen for years.

One dollar will get you in the region of 2.75 nuevo sol and there are plenty of gourmet restaurants and bistros in which to spend your overseas travel money once you reach the capital of Lima.

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