This is a region that requires very little introduction, having been on the traveller radar for decades. The food, cultures, jungles, cities and beaches attract millions upon millions of annual visitors, and its reputation is well-deserved.
I’ll admit, the humidity isn’t quite my thing, and it can get a little crowded at times. But it’s a small price to pay, and there are always less-visited places to explore. The highlands of the region offer some truly beautiful trekking opportunities – not to mention some pretty impressive cave systems. The diving is world-class, the beaches even more so, and very little outside of Machu Pichu can rival the temples of Bagan and Angkor. Ever-present orange-clad monks add a splash of colour to every-day life, the cuisines are a sensory overload of colour, flavour, scent and texture, and there are enough mountaintops to provide a bit of breathing space every now and then. It’s worth a visit.