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Peru, America, Machu Picchu overview

One of the world's driest deserts, highest mountains, most remote rainforest, known cultures, histories most dramatic and new wonders. Peru is a fantastic destination for every traveler, whether you like culture, adventure, history, outdoor sports, or a little of everything does. A country of astonishing diversity, an unforgettable experience.-b-

CUSCO: THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD

A beautiful flight (or an exhausting bus ride) will take you from Lima into the heart of the Andes and one of world's greatest cultures. But Cusco , "navel of the world" in the indigenous Quechua language, is not only the ancient capital of the Incas. It is a fascinating mix of indigenous and western cultures. The beautiful colonial center, with the 16th-century church built on the foundations of Inca ruins, still reminds us of a dramatic twist in history.
The best way to discover Cusco in the classic city tour, or in our specially designed de los Cusquenos Cusco Tour. Cusco is also the place for those interested in our special workshops, a course in Spanish , and volunteering .

THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Cusco is located near the lovely Sacred Valley of the Incas. Those who are in for some action will love the green mountains, fast flowing river and the snow-capped mountains. Whether you like hiking, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding or paragliding, you'll have fun!
But the Sacred Valley is primarily known for its charming villages, colorful markets and impressive Inca ruins. Time seems to stand still in a very different world just outside Cusco. Indigenous women sell all kinds of exotic fruits, self-woven clothing and artifacts, while an old couple in the heat of the sun is, thinking of bygone times.
The Sacred Valley tour will reveal Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros.
Other places worth visiting are the salt mines of Maras, the Inca agricultural laboratory of Moray, and the forgotten ruins of Puma Marca.

MACHU PICCHU

Rediscovered in 1911 and voted "new world wonder" in 2007, Machu Picchu is without doubt America's most famous and most impressive archaeological site. Towering above the wild Urubamba River, the peak of Wayna Picchu often surrounded by mystical clouds, this 'citadel' amazes every visitor. Much has been said and written about Machu Picchu, but the date of its construction and its function are still puzzles.
The Inca Trail , probably - and with reason - the world's most famous trail leads over high mountains and the high rainforest to Machu Picchu. This path was part of an extensive network of trails, named Qhapaq Nan Tahuantinsuyo by about 23,000 km, the Inca Empire covering most of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia, and parts of Brazil, Chile and Argentina included. Chasquis, special runners these paths, could deliver a message within 5 days from Quito to Cusco (a distance of 1980 kilometers)!
Please note that the Inca Trail well in advance to reserve because of strict entrance regulations. We recommend at least 4 months in advance to book.
There are several alternatives for those who prefer a less tourist routes such as the equally beautiful Salkantay Trek. You can reach Machu Picchu by train - or cheaper but less comfortable by car away.

CUSCO REGION

For those wanting to avoid the tourist crowds, the surrounding of Cusco still many possibilities. Examples are the 4 - or 5-day trek to Choquequirao , another 'lost' Inca city, still by most people ignored or the Vilcabamba region, where the Incas after their disastrous rebellion against the Spanish in 1537 a new, hidden kingdom founded, more than 30 years would remain.
You just want a few days in beautiful nature? Visit the hacienda, on a 47-acre private grounds just one hour's drive from Cusco, where you can camp, fish, traditional Peruvian cuisine and enjoy their workshops. And how about a day or relax in the hot springs of Lares ?!

SOUTHERN PERU

Traveling through southern Peru, you'll feel like you are visiting several continents rather than just one part of a country. East of the imposing Andes you will find the western part of the Amazon. Manu National Park is the place with the most bird species in the world. Other, cheaper alternatives to the rainforest is to visit Iquitos in northern Peru and Rurrenabaque in Bolivia.
In the west, between the Andes and the Pacific, you can see the visible lines of one of the most famous desert of Nasca, to sand boarding near the oasis of Ica, the penguins near Pisco, and of course to Lima to visit.
High above the waters of the Pacific Ocean, on the border of Peru and Bolivia is the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca (3800 meters). Here are the floating islands of Uros and Taquile islands and Amantani. The inhabitants of these islands still live in a traditional environment without luxuries such as electricity.
Arequipa is a friendly and prosperous university town. You would be impressed by visiting Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Some volcanoes overlook the largest city in southern Peru. You can El Misti (5825 meters) and Chachani (6075) climbing.
Travelers often visiting the Colca Canyon, said that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. In an amazing 2-day trip you descend to the river and climb up again. This is also the best place to spot condors with a maximum length of 1 meter 10 and a wingspan of 3 meters the 30 largest flying bird in the world!

NORTHERN PERU

Many tourists and travel agencies have forgotten the northern Peru. Too bad, because it's definitely worth a visit.
Archaeologists found 200 km north of Lima, the oldest city in the Americas - Caral. They proved a highly developed culture in America around 2500 BC, as old as the cultures in Egypt and 1500 years older than first thought!
The surroundings of Huaraz is the highest after the Himalayas region in the world. A great place for outdoor sports!
Near Trujillo is the world's largest adobe city, Chan Chan, built by the Chimu culture, which was later conquered by the Incas. Perhaps 60,000 people lived in this city still impressive 20 square kilometer, made of mud. Only 10 minutes away from Chan Chan you find the beach of Huanchaco.Fishermen still use reed boats of tortora of the Chimu.
Another beach you will enjoy is that of Mancora, near the border with Ecuador. Learn to surf, while dolphins playing around you!
Do not forget, Chiclayo and Cajamarca first visit. Near Chiclayo, archaeologists called "Lord of Sipan" the tomb of a Moche ruler, around 250 AD with his servants buried. The discovery in the world was in 1987. 20 minutes drive from Chiclayo, in Lambayeque, two outstanding museums tell you all about the Moche. After a ride of fifteen minutes walk from the pyramid-shaped structures of babassu tucum. The construction of the sprawling complex started around AD 1000, and the buildings were in the Inca era still in use.
In Cajamarca, a small, quiet town in the highlands, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured Inca ruler Atahualpa. You can still use the "Cuarto del Rescate", the room of 88 cubic meters Atahualpa in exchange for his release once with gold and twice with silver promised to fill requests. You can also travel from Cajamarca to the fortified city of Kuelap, a reminder of the Chachapoyas. The Incas conquered their territory and that of the Chimu around 1470.
Far to the northeast, Iquitos, the largest city in the world could not be reached by road. This is a nice alternative to the expensive National Park Manu!

BOLIVIA

Just south of Puno, Bolivia, awaits discovery. La Paz, at an altitude of about 4000 meters, is a fascinating place where the slums perched overlooking the rich center in the valley. Two of our favorite tours starts here. Bike 67 kilometers from 4700 to 1200 meters from the world's deadliest road. Starting from the misty Andes, by waterfalls, landslides and a beautiful environment, you can reach bouncing from stone to stone eventually subtropical village of Coroico. From here you can go by bus to the rainforest of Rurrenabaque, a cheap and wonderful alternative to Manu. Most travelers prefer to fly from La Paz, due to poor roads, and because this is probably the best flight you'll ever have. Scenery of snow - capped Andean peaks, followed by the green rainforest with a brown river.
Everyone would like to visit the salt flat of Uyuni. Located at 3700 meters, this 12,000 square kilometer salt lake is one of the most impressive of South America. The 4-day tour by 4x4 is beautiful, the salt lake to the desert with beautiful colored lakes teeming with flamingos and impressive geysers.
No less impressive is Potosi. In the sixteenth century, here the largest silver mines in the world found. Europe's economy had long depended on the silver from Potosi, the city accumulated massive wealth and in 1625 were around 160,000 inhabitants, the world largest. Because of its beautiful colonial center Potosi a World proclaimed. But history also has a downside: thousands and thousands of slaves died in the Cerro Rico. Visit the mine as the sad history to this day continues: almost every week deadly incidents take place, the miners who risk their lives for 3$ per day. Life expectancy for those in the worst parts is less than 10 years. Not fun, but sometimes it's good to see the other face of the world.