Why travel to Peru?


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Why travel to Peru?


One of the America’s most significant ancient civilizations resided in Peru, the Inca, and the remains of their impressive society can be easily explored today. From ruins in Lima and Cusco to the Urubamba Valley and up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru seems untouched by the impression of the Inca. Lima is a burgeoning culinary hub of Latin America and offers excellent museums, shopping and cultural activities. The City of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the gateway to the Andes, is filled with colonial architecture, cobblestoned streets and narrow alleyways that make it seem as if time stood still. The city buzzes with life and ancient and modern mingle. From Cusco, at 11,150 feet in elevation, descend into the fertile and sacred, Urubamba Valley. Traditional villages line the valley and continue on today much as they did in ancient times. The ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac overlook the valley, and the busy market town of Chincheros are truly picturesque. Ollantaytambo is also the departure point for the trains that lead to Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru’s ancient Inca history.


Why travel to Peru?


The citadel of Machu Picchu sits high on a mountain top, perhaps one of the World’s most iconic travel destinations and images. The peak of Huayana Picchu faces the city and is a optional, and challenging morning hike for adventurous visitors. Far below in the valley lies the town of Machu Picchu. Formerly called Aguas Calientes for its nearby thermal hot springs, Machu Picchu Pueblo is the closest town to the cidatel and its narrow streets are lined with restaurants, shops and hotels. For those who seek a greater challenge than reaching the site from the village below, a full-day or multi-day trek on the Inca Trail is a must.


The Peruvian Amazon offers an accessible Amazon experience to travelers. Whether you venture an hour into the jungle or a day, simple but comfortable jungle lodges allow you to experience the unique flora and fauna of this destination. The Tambopata area near Puerto Maldonado is one of the most accessible, and rewarding, for a short 3 or 4 day stay in the jungle as part of a greater Highlights of Peru tour.


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