PERU: PERHAPS THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Peru is the archaeological, cultural and ecological jewel of Latin America. From the Inca splendor of Machu Picchu, to the verdant jungle waterways of the majestic Amazon River, to the rich artistic expressions of its people – Peru has something for everyone. Families will want to spend time in the Andes, where Quechua natives dressed in bright, hand-woven garb still walk their herds of llamas to graze on the mountainsides as they have done for thousands of years. History buffs can explore the pre-Columbian ruins and colonial Spanish architecture that cover the country. And nature lovers will find on abundance of flora and fauna in the depths of the virgin rainforest, on board of luxury cruises if so desired.
In Peru, there are 11 Unesco World Heritage Sites: the city of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the temple of Chavin de Huantar, the Huascaran National Park, Chan Chan, the Manu National Park, Lima’s Historical Centre, the Rio Abiseo National Park, the Nasca Lines and Pampas de Juma, Arequipa’s Historical Centre, Caral.
Located on the Pacific coast of South America, Peru offers visitors a unique mix of historical and natural wonders, with modern infrastructure and facilities, in a safe and prosperous environment.
Peru is one of the most exciting destinations in archaeology today. From the mysterious Inca remains of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, to the spectacular gold, silver and jewel encrusted artifacts uncovered in the tombs of the Lords of Sipan, to ongoing digs along the Northern coast and highlands, Peru is an ever-expanding open-air museum.
With 84 of the earth’s 104 known life zones, Peru is a natural paradise. Spend time in the Amazon basin, home to pink dolphins, jaguars, giant river otters, primates, 4,000 types of butterflies and one-third of the world’s 8,600 bird species. Visit the Andes and see soaring condors as well as native llamas, alpacas and vicuñas amid an endless variety of wild orchids and Peruvian lilies. Or check out the coast where the icy Pacific waters are perfect home for Southern fur seals, sea lions, Humboldt penguins and Peruvian boobies.
River rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country motorcycling, windsurfing, sand sledding, parasailing, surfing, bungee jump, sling shot, via ferrata, tree canopy bridges, jungle trekking, and ballooning all are available to travelers. And for tourists with special interests, fishing for record-sized Black Marlin, searching for endangered species, walking the ancient Inca Trail or spotting the elusive Cock-of-the Rock, will make for an unforgettable vacation.
Peru has the most celebrated cuisine in the Americas. A blend of Spanish, African and oriental flavors seasoned with local flair, Peruvian food has been written up from Manhattan to Paris.
For thousands of years, indigenous Peruvians have believed in the spiritual forces of natures and today the country has become a world center for healing and personal growth.
Peru is and export capital and a great place to go shopping. In outdoor markets or indoor malls, look for cotton clothings, alpaca sweaters and rugs, silver and gold jewelry, religious and indigenous artifacts, traditional weavings and fine ceramics. All are beautifully made and surprinsingly inexpensive.
The diversity of Peru’s people and cultures is reflected in a rich tradition of festivals, dance and music.
PERU is a priviledged land of endless opportunities for an unforgettable vacation.
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