Peru

Central and South America

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How to enjoy Peru

For an image that will remain locked in your heart for all time, watch the sun rise from your vantage point at the top of Machu Picchu, it will feel like you are on top of the world in more ways than one

  • Take a plane over the ancient desert of Nazca and try to unravel the meaning of the Nazca lines – giant rock drawings that can only be seen from the sky
  • For one of the most colorful markets in the world, visit Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a Sunday when local artisans sell bright textiles
  • For a unique insight into an alternative culture, see the floating villages of the Uros on the world’s highest lake, Lake Titicaca

Visit the oldest continuously inhabited city of the Americas, former capital of the Inca empire, Cusco. The ancient civilization’s rich heritage can still be seen throughout the city, holding out against the Catholic stamp of the Spanish conquistadores. Explore the ruins of Qoricancha, the Sun Temple, and the walled city of Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which Pizarro’s men battled the Incas.

The ancient Inca mountain citadel of Machu Picchu is a must of course. How you get there depends on the strength of your cardiovascular system and spirit of adventure. One route will involve a train and a smart hotel. Another includes a bedroom made of canvas and strong walking boots. If you choose to hike the Inca Trail, you will need a guide and permission (the government limits how many people can do this each day). Treks vary from three to seven days.

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    When to visit Peru

    To take part in the most important festival in the Inca calendar, visit during the summer solstice for Inti Raymi. The Inti Raymi ceremony takes place in Sacsayhuaman on June 24.

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