Tours in Peru

Arequipa

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. 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.

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Cusco

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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. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes with its indigenous population often seen on the streets in traditional clothing.  The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. In a day trip (or longer tours) one can also visit the colorful marketplace of Pisac, the religious center of Ollantaytambo and the farming terraces of Tipon. Still the most important site is surely 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.

Lima

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central part of the country, on a desert coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Lima was Founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, and 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. Some impressive examples of colonial architecture include the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral, Covenant of Santo Domingo, and the Palace of Torre Tagle. Lima is known as the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas where one can try the wonderful Peruvian cuisine, which has a huge variety of ingredients from coast, mountain and Amazon regions.

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Nazca

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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. The Museo Arqueologico Antonini informs about the surrounding archeological sites and also has a collection of pottery and textiles. The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. In total, the earthwork project is huge and complex: the area encompassing the lines is nearly 500 square kilometres (190 sq mi), and the largest figures span over 200 meters (660 ft) across. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized zoomorphic designs like hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, and lizards. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes such as trees and flowers.

Puno

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. Lake Titicaca, the world's highest elevation commercially navigable lake, has some 41 floating reed islands which for thousands of years up to now, the Uros people have lived on and maintained these unique Peruvian islands, depending on the lake for their survival. Hundreds of years ago, the ancient people that lived in the Altiplano at the shore of the mystical Lake Titicaca, built a series of funeral towers to bury their kings and other important people of their regions. These Sillustani Burial Towers are perhaps the finest and most perfect cylindrical constructions of ancient Peru, as such perfection can be found nowhere else in South America.

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Trujillo y Chiclayo

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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 Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986; and the temples of the Sun (the largest adobe pyramid in Peru) and Moon. The city centre itself contains many examples of colonial and religious architecture incorporating distinctive wrought ironwork.

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. The discovery of the Lord of Sipan near Chiclayo, is one of the most spectacular tombs discovered in the western hemisphere. Sipan's treasures show the Moche culture's ability with several metals: gold, silver and copper and precious stones in fine quality and a mastery in metallurgy unrivalled in the Americas, centuries before the Incas. The Sican culture (or Lambayeque civilization) existed between the years A.D. 700 to A.D. 1375 and occupied a huge territory including wide areas near the current-day city of Chiclayo was part of the Lambayeque civilization. This culture was formed towards the end of the Moche civilization assimilating much of their knowledge and cultural traditions. The Lambayeques excelled in architecture, gold-working, and navigating.

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