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Cajamarca

 
Cajamarca Cajamarca is a pleasant and attractive town full of good examples of colonial architecture. The Inca emperor Atahualpa was captured here by Pizarro and held prisoner in the Cuarto de Rescate, which still can be visited. The Santa Apolonia hills is the place where he was captured and can also be visited. Centre of town is the Plaza de Armas where Atahualpa was executed and where you now find a 350 years' old fountain, tiopary and gardens, as well as a Cathedral without Belfry. The many old churches and mansions are worth visiting. The Bishop's Palace, the San Pedro church and the Palace od the Condes de Uceda are among the city's highlights. From Cajamarca you can make excursions to Aylambo a village where yo...
 

Lima

 
Lima The City of Kings The current Capital of Peru, was founded in 1535 by conqueror Francisco Pizarro who built his palace over the old buildings of a local pre-Hispanic settlement. The downtown area of Lima was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity, due to the many remains of Colonial occupation under rule of Spain. It has 7 million inhabitants and is a place of big contrasts; it has luxurious districts surrounded by shanty towns. It is noisy though attractive and has the best museums in Peru. The main attractions of Lima include: Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where the most representative samples of colonial architecture in Lima are located: the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the City Hall; i...
 

Puno

 
Puno It is a city on the shores of the Titicaca lake at about 3800 meters above sea level. The Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and is shared by Peru in its western side and Bolivia in the eastern. The mythical Titicaca is the spot where according to oral tradition Manko Qhapaq and his wife, the founders of the Inka civilization appeared. Puno is located in the ancient Collasuyo of the Incas, the Altiplano (high plateau) a broad territory between 3800 and 4200 meters. The inhabitants of the Collasuyo speak mostly Aymara, the old language rivaling the Inkas' Quechua. The air is somewhat rarefied due to the high altitude and its consequent lack of oxygen so try to take it easy when staying around here. T...
 

Colca Canyon

 
Colca Canyon The Colca Valley is an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reaches a depth of 3140 meters. A journey to the Colca valley will take you through high Andean plateau, reaching at one point a high pass of 4800 meters, which offers fine views of the Volcanoes of Arequipa. Along the way visitors can see herds of Vicuas (a wild relative of Llamas and Alpacas) and various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor. If you like adventure tours, the Canyon also offers wonderful treks down to its button, descending throughout huge mountains, exploring oasis-like valleys, thermal springs, and camping outdoors. ...
 

Manu Biosphera Reserve

 
Manu Biosphera Reserve Manu Biosphere Reserve, it is a broad territory between Cusco and Madre de Dios covering about 19137 sq. km (10% of the national territory). The scientific interest that awakens the Manu Park is based on its great diversity of flora and fauna species that is one of the biggest in the world and which is kept almost unchanged in millions of years of natural evolution. If you are looking for a real experience in nature observation this is the spot for you. It is estimated that in Manu there are about 1000 species of birds, 200 different mammal species including 13 species of primates, 100 species of bats, etc. Moreover, over here is possible to easily find endangered species such as the Black Caiman and the Giant ...
 

Machupicchu

 
Machupicchu Located 120 km northwest of Cusco, the Inca city of Machu Picchu lay hidden from the world in dense jungle covered mountains until 1911. This 'Lost City' is one of the world's archaeological jewels and is one of South America's major travel destinations. Machu Picchu, PeruThe well preserved ruins of Machu Picchu seem to almost cling to the steep hillside, surrounded by towering green mountains overlooking the Vilcanota River Valley. Even after having seen the classic photos of Machu Picchu in guide books, web sites, travel brochures and postcards you still cannot fail but to be impressed by the awe-inspiring location of the ruins. When you read about its discovery and the unsolved mystery of its purpose and how ...
 

Chiclayo

 
Chiclayo Chiclayo is an important town on the northern coast, founded in the 1560-ies by a Spanish priest. About 400 000 people live here. It is busy place and an economically important town. As a tourist attraction, the city itself hasn't got much to offer, besides a nice Plaza de Armas, a huge market area and a cinema. The reason to come to Chiclayo, is the Bruening Archaeological Museum which exhibits the unique pieces found in the Piramid of Sipan. The museum is located in Lambayeque which is just 11 km north of Chiclayo. From the outside it's incredibly ugly, but as they say, it's the inside that counts. Nearby beaches are attractive, with the two coastal towns of Santa Rosa and Pimentel you can reach for just one ...
 

Iquitos

 
Iquitos Iquitos is the biggest Peruvian City in the Amazonian Jungle; it is located on the banks of the mythical Amazon River. The main attraction of Iquitos is in the jungle: observing, exploring and enjoying the nature of the most extended and less explored jungle in the world. It is known that about 10% of the flora in this jungle is not known to science, and its wild fauna is one of the most exciting you will ever find. For enjoying the jungle atmosphere you will be transported to one of the many lodges inside the jungle, from those spots you will be able to take excursions for nature observation. Many of those lodges have spectacular hanging bridges around, those are walkways constructed by the top of the trees fo...
 

Asusangate

 
Asusangate Ausangate is the mountain most representative for the Cusqueno Andeans. It is situated at the cordillera of Vilcanota and it is one of the zones that is very hard to enter and that is very rare in Peru. Its principal climate is at 6,372 meters above sea level with large lakes with a bright blue/green color. Furthermore there are stones and bushes, which make the area like a paradise. Walking through the mountain of Ausangate is an indescribable adventure, and it is not posible to be not impressed by the enormous beauty of the eternal snow. Often you will find rocks with a point with an altitude of more than 5000 meters and also rocks with tongues of ice which go down in magnificent ways and form ice lakes. The route o...
 

Choquequirao

 
Choquequirao Choquequirao sits in the saddle of a high Andean ridge, 3000m./10,000 ft. above sea level and 1,500m./5,000 ft. above the roaring waters of the Apurimac River. Ringed by spectacular snow-capped peaks and flanked by plunging, thickly forested slopes, the city is an inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center, dedicated to the worship of the mountain gods, the river and the elements of nature. Choquequirao has been called Machu Picchus sacred sister, because of the striking similarities of design and ceremonial architecture to its famous counterpart above the Urubamba Gorge. Yet it remains an enigmatic place whose history is a matter of speculation. One theory of its origins holds that it was a royal estate bu...
 

 

 

 

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