Travel to Peru and discover a captivating land of skyscraping mountain
tops, vast stretches of coastal deserts, an Amazon wildlife adventure
through tropical jungles, serpentine rivers full of life and beauty and
the most extraordinary natural phenomena left from the pre-historic
Inca civilization. Meet the pulsating multi-ethnic culture blended with
Amerindians, Europeans, Africans and Asians, resulting in a wide
diversity of expressions in art, cuisine, literature and music.

The Andes Mountains offer spectacular views for trekkers on an
extraordinary Peru travel escapade and are home to several aborigines,
who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and live the country's
Native American traditions.


Lima, Peru

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original setting of the Inca Empire - the largest state in the Americas
during the 13th century - Peru is the destination where the world's
most enthusiastic trekkers, lovers of nature and vacationers with
active imaginations come to explore Machu Picchu and many more of
humankind's most legendary enigmas.

Travel to Lima, Peru: Retreat to the City of Kings

Upon your arrival to the country, enjoy an aromatic cup of coca tea to
acclimate to the height. Come across several richly historical
neighborhoods, museums and striking architecture as you travel to Lima,
Peru. Start your journey through the remnants of Incan history at the
National Museum of Archaeology and the Rafael Larco Herrera
Archaeological Museum, which guards priceless Incan and pre-Incan works
of art, artifacts and other preserved collections. At the city's
center, find Huallamarca Huaca and Pucllana Huaca, the stepped pyramids
made of adobes linked to the ceremonial or administrative uses of the

you travel through Lima, pay a visit to the unique natural reserve
called Lomas de Lachay in the Huaral Province. A burst of greens in the
midst of the Peruvian desert, the Lachay foothills make up a unique
habitat for palillo trees, cacti, white-tailed deer, lizards and more
than 60 different bird species. Down through the valley of the Lurín
River lies Pachacamac, an archaic coastal sanctuary that the Incas
continued to operate for religious practice and consultation with their
oracle. Originally built by the Spanish Huari, the structure still
shelters many of their ceramics and textile designs.


Archaeological site in Lima

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next stop on your Lima travel excursion is the sacred city of Caral,
one of the oldest civilization centers in the Americas. Dating back to
3,000 BC, Caral contains an elaborate complex of temples, plazas, an
amphitheatre and ordinary houses stretching over 150 acres of desert -
and has been historically noted as a thriving metropolis during the
same period that the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built. Dip into one
of Peru's thermal springs such as Churín, a sacred natural spot which,
according to local legend, contains therapeutic mineral waters that can
cure anyone.

Travel to Cuzco, Peru: Inside the Kingdom of Cuzco

In the western region leaping into the Amazon, travel to Cuzco, Peru
and find archaeological treasures such as Koricancha, or Temple of the
Sun, and the palace of Inca Roca and Andean Baroque structures from
the Colonial


Cusco - Incan ruins

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along the cobble-stoned streets. Just outside of the Inca Empire's once
revered capital, you'll find the massive walls of the Sacsayhuáman
fortress, as well as the Inca buildings of Qenko, Pukapukara and
Tambomachay, constructed entirely of stone.

Continue your
Cuzco travel experience into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This
ancient region inside the Andes Mountains is fed by numerous rivers
descending through adjoining valleys and gorges and contains many
villages and Incan remains. While away an entire day visiting the
colorful Indian market in Písac; walk around the beautiful Inca village
and fortress of Ollantaytambo, the best serving example of the Incas'
talent for meticulous town planning; stop for lunch at a local Peruvian
café in Urubamba; and explore the Quechua village of Chinchero, which
offers sweeping views of the Sacred Valley with the Cordillera
Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western
horizon. If there's time, carry on your Cuzco travel plans through
Maras and Calca.

Follow the Inca Trail

You may decide to opt for the scenic train ride from Cuzco to Machu
Picchu or trek the Inca Trail, one of nature's most splendid network of
pathways that


Machu Picchu

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among the snow-covered mountains, rivers and astounding countryside.
This is one of the world's top trails, as you'll find remarkable
archaeological sites and areas rich in unique plant and animal species
scattered all the way to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

enigmatic complex of Machu Picchu is venerated as an important legacy
of the ancient Peruvian culture and still tops the list of the Seven
Wonders of the World. At the enlivening conclusion of the Inca Trail,
you'll reach Machu Picchu at the top of a mountain 2,000 feet above the
rumbling Urubamba River. The cloud-shrouded ruins presents an
exuberance complementing its unique natural surroundings and have
palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and 150 houses, all in a
remarkable state of preservation.


The Amazon

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These structures carved from the gray granite of the mountain top are wonders of both architectural and aesthetic genius.

on the journey of a lifetime in South America's beautiful jewel of
natural wonder. Take an invigorating Amazon tour trekking through
Peru's legendary jungles, trace the historical path of the Inca realm
or discover the breathtaking sights of the country in your own way.
Peru's exhilarating regions offer the perfect vacation for anyone with
a willing pair of feet, a passion for exploring the unknown and a love
for first-time experiences.