Perú - unbelievable
In Perú , like in few other countries , nature has brought together
an enormous variety of landscapes , climates and ecosystems , that range
from coastal deserts to Amazonian exuberance , and include the diversity
of micro-climates of the different floors and valleys of the Andes mountains.
In this mix of landscapes , there is a combination of races and cultural
contributions which is manifested in a diversity of expressions such as
a culinary art of exceptional variety . This natural diversity and the
country's important cultural and historic heritage make Perú an
extremely interesting destination for tourists.
Generally , Perú has been known for the rich legacy left by the
pre-Hispanic cultures throughout its territory. Thus, the two great points
of the country have important archaeological discoveries at their centres.
The tourist axis of the south has as its centre the city of Cusco,
the ancient capital of the Incas , considered the archaeological capital
of South America. In effect , the ruins of Machu Picchu are the country's
main tourist attraction.
In the city of Cusco, as in no other place , the complexity of the hybrid
culture borne from the fusion between Spanish and Inca can be appreciated.
Do not forget to visit the Sacred Valley of the incas. Also famous are
the Nasca lines , immense geometric drawings left in the southern coastal
desert by ancient cultures. Their purpose remains a mystery for archaeologists.
In southern Perú there are also natural attractions such as Lake
Titicaca, the highest navigable Lake in the world , located in the department
of Puno , or the Colca Cañon , in the department of Arequipa
, the world's deepest canyon - the Colca river runs 3400 meters below -
, famous for its rapids, and its terrace system , constructed
by the Collaguas , ancient inhabitants of the region and specially for
the presence of condors.
The tourist axis of the north has received renewed attention lately
with the recent discovery of Tomb of the Lord of Sipan - comparable in
richness and artistic quality to that of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamon.
This discovery has generated enormous international interest not only because
of the treasures extracted , but also because the pieces enclosed in this
pyramids shed light on the Mochica culture , which developed in the northern
coastal valley of Perú between the first and the fourth centuries
The north of Perú also has the citadel of Chan-Chan , one of
the largest "adobe mud-clay citadels in the world and beautiful beaches
, like summer resort of Punta Sal , Máncora and Capo Blanco - famous
among lovers of Merlin fishing and one of Ernest Hemingway's favourite
spots - where sunshine and tranquillity are guaranteed year round.
Perú has important attractions for the adventure tourist and
the ecotourist as well . The number one destination for this type of destination
is the Amazon jungle region , with Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos as the
main point of attraction. The exuberance of the Amazonian jungle offers
the possibility to becoming familiar with an unexplored paradise where
the flora an fauna are protected by a system of national parks , among
the most important of which is Manú National Park.
This park is designed to maintain the ecological balance of the region.
They offer the tourist the opportunity to became familiar with this area
, thereby creating awareness of the importance of preserving nature for
the good of humanity.