Peru

DSC_0902Peru, with more than 10 thousand years of history, prides itself on a glorious past that has marked its entire territory. An iconic capital of the country Lima keeps several cities within one. Divided between the old and the modern, the city preserves coloniality and mixes with today’s hustle and bustle of good hotels and gastronomy all over the world.

Cusco is one of the most exciting cities on the planet, after all, in addition to its enviable architecture and history, its surroundings are full of fascinating charms. Nearby, archaeological site, such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, and Tambomachay can be seen. The Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River is surrounded by villages that are worth visiting, such as Pisac, Yucay, and Ollantaytambo. The most impressive of all is indeed Machu Picchu, a lost citadel of the Incas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Seven New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a must visit for anyone wishing to impress with a history of the Inca Civilization. Most visitors arrive in Machu Picchu with a train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. For those who love hiking, there are several trails in the area, such as Inca Trail, Salkantay Trail, and Trail Homes.

Another destination worth visiting is the Ica Desert, the starting point for the famous Nasca Lines, which can be flown to observe their enigmatic drawings. From there another excellent option is to go to the Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands, formed by a rich ecosystem where you can observe many marine life, such as seals, penguins, dolphins and sea lions, as well as birds such as pelicans. The city of Arequipa, or White City, preserves its rich colonial heritage, with many constructions made with white volcanic stone. Arequipa is surrounded by attractions for those seeking culture, nature, and sports. Puno is on the banks of the giant Lake Titicaca and from there you will visit the Uros and Taquile Islands, inhabited by the population that maintains the ancestral traditions, building the islands, boats, and houses with a special material called totora, giving birth to the famous ‘floating islands’.