Peru was our first stop in South America. It was also the first time for us to be south of the equator. That meant that all seasons were reversed. In December, in Peru we were heading into the summer season.
Peru on the surface seemed a bit rough to me. However, the country was really great overall. There are some fantastic places to see, some great food to try. It takes time though. THe country is big and traveling into the Andes mountains is slow going by bus. And yes the altitude can be felt.
We do want to come back to Peru and see more. (Gee this sounds familar)