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Perú - unbelievable

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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.

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Southern Perú

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.

Northern Perú

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 AD.

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.

Amazon Basin

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.

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