Peru: Diverse, Millenary and Natural
Peru is one of the most popular tourist destinations among travelers, many arrive there in search of the most beautiful and unique natural landscapes, and many others arrive to know the artistic, cultural and architectural richness left by one of the most important indigenous tribes of South America, the Incas. The experience is completed by the exquisite Peruvian cuisine , considered the most diverse in the world. In its dishes the culinary tradition of indigenous Peru meets together with the influence of the Spanish, African, Chinese, Italian and Japanese cuisines.
The Inca city of Machu Picchu is one of the main objectives of Peru travelers, many of them come exclusively to see this iconic symbol of the country. This ancient Andean town, built on the top of a mountain, in the middle of the tropical jungle, served as a resting place and religious sanctuary. Its structure is composed of squares, temples, mausoleums, water channels, stairs and platforms, which are distributed over the topography of the mountain, all built with stones carved with the most impressive precision and detail, and joined together without the use of any substance.
To reach this sacred site it is necessary to arrive first at Cusco, a city located at 3399 meters above sea level in the Andes mountains, and declared the historic capital of Peru. As Machu Picchu, this city is a sample of high Inca engineering that had the stone as its main tool. Its squares, streets and religious temples are a mixture of the Inca culture and the heritage of the Spanish colonizers.
From Cusco it is possible to reach Machu Picchu through the following options: the Inca Trail, recommended for those who want more adventure because its duration is 4 days and three nights, or by train to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can ascend to the Inca cityl by bus (20 min) or walking (1h 30 min).
Located in the capital of Peru, Lima, the Larco museum gathers in its galleries the more than 5000 years of history of pre-Columbian Peru. Its pieces are recognized worldwide as icons of pre-Columbian art include crowns, earrings, nose ornaments, clothing, masks, vases, jewelry and ceramic pieces from indigenous groups such as the Moches, Chimús, Nazcas and Incas.
Its most famous collection is the erotic ceramics of the ancient Peruvian cultures, the largest in the world, representing the sexual behavior of the indigenous peoples of South America thousands of years ago.
Known as the White City and located in southern Peru, this city like the rest of the country has a great natural and architectural wealth. Arequipa is surrounded by the imposing Chachani and Misti volcanoes and the snow-capped Pichu Pichu. The center of the city was declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2000 and in there you can see its beautiful white buildings made of white ashlar, a stone of volcanic origin that comes from the Misti.
Among its tourist attractions are the Cotahuasi and Colca canyons, the Yanahuara viewpoint, the Sumbay caves, among many others.