Aguas Calientes, founded in 1901 and now officially named Machu Picchu Pueblo, is a small town in a nice setting at the bottom of the valley next to the historical site Machu Picchu, and the principal access point to the site. There are many restaurants as well as natural hot baths
Arequipa is the capital city of the Arequipa Region in southern Peru. Arequipa lies in the Andean mountains, at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,661 ft) above sea level; the snow-capped extinct volcano El Misti overlooks the city. The historic centre of Arequipa with many colonial-era buildings was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, in recognition of its architecture and historic integrity.
Chiclayo is located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers north from the nation's capital, Lima. The city was founded by Spanish explorers in the 16th century near an important prehistoric archaeological site, the Northern Wari ruins, which constitute the remains of a city from the 7th-12th century Wari Empire. On other archaeological sites remains of the Moche and the Sican (Lambayeque) culture have been discovered.
The famous Colca Canyon is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa and forms a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces. The canyon is home to the Andean Condor which can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls. Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the Giant Colibri, the largest member of the hummingbird family, as well as the Andean Goose, Chilean Flamingo, and Mountain Caracara. One can also often see the vicuña, the wild ancestor of the alpaca. There are also many hot springs and archaeological sites throughout the valley.
Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cuzco Province located on around 3,400 m (11,200 ft) altitude. Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire(13th century-1532) and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO and is also designated as the Historical Capital of Peru. Cuzco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture erected directly atop Inca walls evidence of a rich and complex history.
Huaraz is the capital of the Huaraz Province in Peru and a main financial and commerce center as well as the main touristic center of the Ancash region in the Peruvian Andes. Huaraz is offers many options for winter sports and adventure tours as climbing, hiking, snowboarding. The nearby Cordillera Blanca is located in the Huascaran National Park that is an UNESCO Nature World Heritage Site.
The city of Ica is the capital of the Ica Region in southern Peru and was founded by the Spanish conquistador Geronimo Luis de Cabrera in 1563. En Ica se encuentran extensos desiertos, como las Pampas de Lancha, las Pampas de Villacurí, en donde el calor es muy intenso. Ica ofrece playas y aguas termales y variada fauna marina. Evidence of prehistoric indigenous civilizations such as the Paracas and the Inca has been found in the nearby deserts, and is displayed in the Museo Regional de Ica. Ica and surrounding areas are the traditional source of Pisco brandy.
Iquitos, on the left bank of the Amazon river, is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest and the capital of the Maynas Province and said to be the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon. Founded in the second half of the 18th century it is today a cosmopolitan city with strong Amazon roots and cultural diversity. Its architectural remnant of rubber boom is a characteristic identity. The major tourist attractions include Barrio de Belén, Plaza de Armas, Casa de Fierro, Iglesia Matriz de Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana; Embarcadero Bellavista-Nanay, ethnic communities located around the city, Quistococha Resort and Zoo and the Mercado Artesanal of San Juan.
Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. Lima was Founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, today the Lima Metropolitan Area is approaching a population of 9 million with around one-third of the Peruvian population living here. Lima is home to the highest concentration of museums of the country, the most notable of which are probably the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, Museo de la Nacion, the Gold Museum, and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum. The Historic Center of Lima, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Surely the most important site in Peru is Machu Picchu, the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes. This UNESCO World Heritage site is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas" and is one of the most familiar symbols of the Incan Empire, and is one of the most famous and spectacular sets of ruins in the world.
Nazca is a city and a system of valleys on the southern coast of Peru. It is also the name applied to the Nazca culture that flourished in the area between 300 BC and AD 800. They were responsible for the Nazca Lines and the ceremonial city of Cahuachi and also constructed an impressive system of underground aqueducts named Puquios that still function today.
Puno is a city in southeastern Peru at the shores of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital of the Puno Province. The city was established in 1668 and still today has several churches dating back from the colonial period. Puno is an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of llamas and alpacas which graze on its immense plateaus and plains. Puno is also known as the folkloric capital of Peru due to its wealth of artistic and cultural expressions, particularly dance.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. In colonial documents it is referred to as the "Valley of Yucay", according to recent researches it encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire. The valley is generally understood to include everything between Calca and Lamay, Písac and Ollantaytambo, and it has been formed by the Urubamba River. It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.
- 3 La Casona de Yucay
- 4 Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
- 5 Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection Sacred Valley
Trujillo, is a city located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in a valley of great cultural hegemony with Moche and Chimu cultures at its respective time. Trujillo is close to two major archeological sites of pre-Columbian monuments: Chan Chanand the temples of the Sun and Moon. The city centre itself contains many examples of colonial and religious architecture incorporating distinctive wrought ironwork.
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