THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU
- El Circuito del Agua
This indulgent series of illuminated fountains is so
over-the-top it can’t help but induce stupefaction among even the most hardened traveling cynic. A dozen different fountains – all splendiferously illuminated – are capped, at the end, by a laser light show at the 120m-long Fuente de la Fantasía (Fantasy Fountain). The whole display is set to a medley of tunes comprised of everything from Peruvian waltzes to ABBA.
- Inglesia de Santo Domingo One of Lima’s most storied religious sites, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and its expansive convent are built on land granted to the Dominican Friar Vicente de Valverde, who accompanied Pizarro throughout the conquest and was instrumental in persuading him to execute the captured Inca Atahualpa. Originally completed in the 16th century, this impressive pink church has been rebuilt and remodeled at various points since.
- Plaza de Armas (central plaza), also known as the Plaza Mayor, is one of Lima’s main tourist attractions. From its conception in 1535 — the same year in which Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima — to the present day, the Plaza de Armas has remained the focal point of the city.
- Cerro San Cristobal (scenic viewpoint), If you want to see all of Lima, there’s only one place where you can do it. Climb up to Cerro San Cristobal and gain a new perspective of the capital city.
- Museo de la Inquisicion A graceful neoclassical structure facing the Plaza Bolívar houses this diminutive museum where the Spanish Inquisition once plied its trade. In the 1800s, the building was expanded and rebuilt into the Peruvian senate.
- Larco Herrera Museum (San Francisco, Casa Aliaga) The Larco Museum is a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima, Peru. The museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid
- Museo de Oro del Peru (The Museum of Peruvian Gold) The Gold Museum of Peru has on displays master pieces found no where else in the world. The Gold Museum houses the largest collection of Gold of Peru, showing unique pieces representing animals, birds, human beings and ancient gods. The Museum also has on displays ancient weapons not only from Peru but from other parts of the world, as well as large rooms containing dozen of textiles from different cultures dating back to 200 BC.
- Caral, the oldest city in America: (UNESCO World Heritage Site) The Sacred City of Caral 5000-year-old and 626-hectare is an archaeological site situated on a dry desert terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river, 184 Km. north of Lima city. It dates back to the Late Archaic Period of the Central Andes and is the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas.
- Museo Inkariy to learn about the ancient civilisations of the area
- Llama pack day tour Enjoy a leisurely walk within the picturesque natural surroundings of Urubamba in company of the llamas. Your mission will be to take them out to their grazing spot while you learn all about this noble and native eco-friendly animal.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views.
- Centro Historico de Cusco (a beautiful central plaza), To go over the historical center of Cusco, is walking by the city that was traced and designed by the Incas, it is like going for a walk by colonial buildings built on the base of the old real palaces of the Incas, is the coalition of two architectural styles that make it unique in the world, it is the opportunity to appreciate architectural and art jewels that contain their centennial or millennial walls. Museums, churches, Inca places, popular markets, handcrafts artisans, San Blas, and more.
- Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman: 4 Km north of Cusco. It embraces 3,000 hectares approximately, where a rich Andean flora and extraordinary Inca and Pre-Inca archaeological monuments as Sacsayhuaman, Kencco (or Qenqo), Puca Pucará and Tambomachay.
- Valle Sagrado de los Incas (The Sacred Valley of the Incas): 15 Km north of Cusco. Called this way to the end of the extensive valley of Urubamba, where the agricultural cattlemen and beautiful towns were concentrated since Inca times. The valley is characterized to have very special conditions, as an excellent climate, very fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river of the Inca, Valle Sagrado is embraced between the towns of Písac and Ollantaytambo, it has wonderful landscapes where its inhabitants, native of the Quechua ethnic, conserve many customs and ancestral rites
- Lake Titicaca This lake is very important in Andean mythology since, according to legend, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, children of the sun god and founders of the Inca Empire, emerged from its waters. The lake is very popular among tourists and scientists alike, who are amazed at the richness of its waters. It is a National Reserve and is home to numerous species of birds and water fowl, a dozen species of fish, a variety of mammals and seven amphibians, including a unique species of giant frog.
- The Uros One of the most primitive pre-Inca people of Peru. Of ferocious and brutal people’s origin, the Inca who considered them as a sub human tribe subjected them. This ethnos lived in a perfect symbiosis with the Titicaca and they lived exclusively in artificial islands that they knitted on the not very deep waters of the lake. The floating islands of the Uros offer to tourists an authentic travel to the past, sharing the life with local natives and beautiful landscapes. The tourist are accommodation in a family house and all activities will be with natives. Is a real experience of rural tourism. In these areas visitors come into contact with ancient communities, and have the opportunity to share their ways of life and see their splendid handicrafts.
- Taquile Islands The most popular attractions in Taquile are its landscapes, dominated by tiered platforms where potatoes, corns, quinoa and broad beans are cultivated; ceremonial sites hosting rituals imploring for abundant harvest and fishing and the hospitality of its people, who are so outstandingly organized. The textile industry is the main activity on this island and the garments they manufacture relate to their daily chores.