Peru is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Travel to Peru is outstanding awaken dreams, is connecting with oneself, is like stepping into 5000 years of living history. Prepare yourself to glance at beautiful landscapes and archaeological monuments, contemplate its art and discover places where you can enjoy a time of peace and pleasure. With the sound of flutes in the wind, you will breathe the pure air of the Andes and devotedly contemplate the harmony of man with nature in Machu Picchu and the Colca Canyon. Walking the regions of Peru is to enjoy a mestiza, unique and recognized worldwide cuisine. We invite you to travel and discover the Peru you still have not seen.
Arequipa is well known for its glistening white buildings made from sillar, a white volcanic rock, which gives the city its nickname ‘La Ciudad Blanca’ or ‘The White City’.
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city and was founded in 1540. The site was chosen for its proximity to the coast, enabling settlers to trade the products of Cusco and the mines of Potosi (Bolivia) with Lima. The local cultivation of wheat, corn and grapes all contributed to the region’s economic growth.
The city is surrounded by 3 volcanoes; El Misti, still active at 5822m, the higher and extinct Chachani 6075m and Pichu Pichu 5571m. The Incas highly respected these volcanoes since the melt water from their snow-capped peaks form the headwaters of the mighty Amazon River, thousands of kilometers away.
Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination with about 120,000 visitors annually.
With a depth of 10,725 ft (3,270 m), it is one of the deepest in the world, second in Peru after the Cotahuasi Canyon and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is the star attraction of Cuzco. The citadel is deemed one of the world’s finest examples of landscape architecture and was discovered in 1911 by US explorer Hiram Bingham.
Machu Picchu (“old mountain” in Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas) nestles on top of a mountain saddle high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. It was both a center of worship and astronomic observatory as well as the private retreat of the family of Inca ruler Pachacutec. It is split into two major areas: the agriculture zone, made up of terracing and food storehouses; and the urban zone, featuring the sacred sector, with temples, squares and royal tombs which have been carved to an extraordinary degree of perfection. The stone staircases and canals are found throughout this unique archaeological site.
Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain in Quechua) looms over the citadel and its steep stone pave trail can be climbed by any visitor.
In 2007 Machu Picchu was elected one of the new seven wonders of the world along with the Chinese Great Wall, Rome’s Coliseum and Taj Mahal.
Tarapoto is a beautiful city located in the region of San Martin (which capital is Moyobamba) in the border of the forest of Peru, founded on August 20, 1782 by the Spanish bishop Baltazar Jaime Martínez of Compagnon and Bujanda. It is a city that is characterized for its radiant tropical climate, its happy people and its great tourist attractions.
In Tarapoto there are many ways to enjoy its kindness as a tourist destiny. If you like adventure sports, the City of the palm tree offers large options to practice activities as boating, whitewater rafting in the fast, expeditions to the “mount” and walks. If your option is the ecotourism, in Tarapoto you will find lots of natural destinies in which you will be able to enjoy most beautiful landscapes and the great diversity of flora and fauna that characterizes the Peruvian forest. Some of the most important destinies are: the Ahuashiyacu falls, the lagoon of Sauce, the river Shilcayo and the tourist centers of the Cumbaza river.
The city offers also a great variety of foods and typical beverages. In the case of the cousine, we have the classical Juanes, Tacacho with Jerky, the soup Inchicapi, among others. As for beverages we can enjoy the exoticism of the R.C., Chuchuwasi, Uvachado, Indanachado and many more marinated ones.
Until the middle of the 20th century, this noble city of antique homes and lovely beaches was the main port of the region and united the areas of the coast with the plains of Juliaca and Puno. Mollendo, which is the capital of the province of Islay, began to grow in 1950 with the construction of the port of Matarani, one of the most well known in the country.
Although the city lost its harbor reputation, it maintained its fame and stamp of traditional spas, with large houses that erected at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The avenue Marshal Castle and the second block of the street Commerce conserve antique constructions. An example is the Villa Velasquez which was declared a historical monument in March of 1991.
The Levee Ratty, the Civic seat, the old railroad station, (which was constructed in the same factories as that of the Eiffel Tower), along with the Aquatic park are all urban corners of great interest. The greatest attraction however, is the 35 kilometers of beaches, perfect for prolonged swims in the ocean and opportunities to partake in nautical sports such as fishing and submarine hunting.
Bolivia covers an area the size of France and Spain combined. Despite this fact, it only homes under ten million people, who are concentrated in just a few cities founded by the Spanish. The cities of La Paz and Santa Cruz are currently the ones with the most growth and are commercially bustling. The geographical extremes are fascinating to explore, Bolivia is dominated by the Andes, its varied topography supports an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna from condors to pink freshwater dolphins– Parque Nacional Amboró, for example, has over 830 species of bird, more than the US and Canada combined. The country’s underdevelopment has in some ways been a blessing for the environment, allowing vast wilderness areas to survive in a near-pristine condition. Bolivia’s cultural diversity and ethnic make-up are equally fascinating. Three centuries of colonial rule have left their mark on the nation’s language, religion and architecture, but this is essentially little more than a veneer overlying indigenous cultural traditions that stretch back to the Inca period.
From pristine sandy white beaches to the rolling hills of coffee and pineapple plantations, plus tropical rainforests, impressive mountain ranges, and majestic volcanoes – the scenery in Costa Rica is truly quite spectacular. In such a small territory of 51.100 km2 (about the size of West Virginia) you can visit in just a few days active volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, romantic secluded beaches, white water rivers, tranquil canals, and the list goes on.
Although Costa Rica is best known as an invaluable refuge for nature, this small nation is also a haven of peace. The “ticos” (Costa Ricans) are well known as friendly, hospitality, polite and helpful people, ready to offer a friendly gesture needed any moment. The words that best describe Costa Rica are perhaps “pura vida”. It means “pure life” and that is what visitors to this Central American country will find. From exotic animal life to exotic scenery, travelers will find themselves inexorably drawn to Costa Rica and its residents.