Located in the south of the country, the so-called 'White City' abounds with colonial mansions and churches made of with white volcanic stone, which have been perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. A good example is the Santa Catalina Convent, a must for any visitor. A popular visit in Arequipa is the Colca Canyon, the deepest in the world, where one can still see condors in their original habitat.
"The Lost City of the Incas" is set high above the Sydney, protected by steep cliffs, and lush green mountains. Generally accepted as the most important and captivating archaeological sites remaining from the Incan Empire, the complex, which includes temples, residences, fountains and hundreds of steps, was declared a World Heritage site in 1983, and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
Known as masterful architects and builders it is still a mystery how the Incas built this magical place, transported the huge stones that it is made of, or how this massive complex was kept secret for four hundred years.
Located 50 miles from Cuzco, travelers reach Machu Picchu by train, and accommodations are available adjacent to the citadel itself, or in the nearby town of Agua Calientes. Daytrips to the Lost City can also be arranged from Cuzco, or the Sacred Valley, and our flexible itineraries can help you combine Machu Picchu with other remarkable Peruvian destinations, choose from hand picked hotels, and plan additional activities.
Cuzco was the epicenter of Incan civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately many stunning Incan structures have survived, and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru's most popular destination.
Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Incan and colonial.
Cuzco abounds with excellent accommodations, and from here visitors can make day trips to the Sacred Valley, or ride the train Machu Picchu.
One of the world's most historically important, and exciting cities, Cuzco, along with Machu Picchu are must see destinations.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most alluring destinations in Peru, encompassing a chain of fascinating villages that line the Urubamba, Vilcanota and Wilcamayu Rivers. This meticulously terraced valley, is the gateway to many of Peru's most spectacular archeological sites, including the iconic lost city of Machu Picchu, 2 hours away by train. The Sacred Valley provides visitors an opportunity to experience the vibrant history of the area by admiring Incan sites like Ollantaytambo Fortress and Pisaq Ruins. And there is no shortage of activities for visitors here, offering an array of outdoor adventures such as hiking, horse back riding, and white water rafting on the Vilcanota River. To get to the Sacred Valley, one must first arrive to Cuzco city, then take a ground transfer of around 2 hours through either one of 2 routes: road to Pisaq or road to Urubamba.
The Sacred Valley can be linked with other remarkable Peruvian destinations, and Featured Itneraries can be customized to your personal vacation preferences.
The city of Puno is believed to be the first hub of the indigenous migration in Peru, and the birthplace of the Aymara people that existed in southern Peru before the Incas. The area is rich in archaeological sites, most notably the pre-Incan tombs of Sillustani.
But the main attraction here is the stunningly beautiful Lake Titicaca, and its fabled islands including the floating islands of the Uru people, created entirely of dried totora reeds. Each island is unique in culture and customs, and many can be visited during daytrips that can be scheduled in the booking process.
Accommodations in Puno are designed to amplify your experience of the area, and offer a full range of services. Whatever your interests, Lake Titicaca-Puno is a wonderful compliment to a Peruvian vacation, and can be linked to other spectacular destinations, and customized to suite your personal vacation plans.
Tambopata and its massive wilderness reserves, are accessed from Puerto Maldonado, at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata rivers in the Amazon Basin. The riverside city serves as a gateway to what very well may be the world's most expansive and bio-diverse jungle rainforest habitats.
With a combined area of more than 3.6 million acres with a staggering array of wildlife species includes hundreds of different mammals, amphibians and reptiles, over 1300 types of butterflies, more than 600 different bird species, and the largest Macaw clay lickon the world.
Accommodations here are designed to enhance your experience of the Tambopata Amazon, and are essentially an integral part of its biosphere offering excursions into the remote areas of the reserves, authentic cuisine, and charming rustic luxury.
This is an opportunity to come face to face with our planet as it was before the dawn of man, and can be linked by a 30 minute flight to the Incan wonders of Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Iquitos serves as the jungle capital of the Amazon River-Amazon region, and is the only city in the area with an airport, making it the best (and only) choice for most travelers since there is no direct road access, and river routes are extremely time consuming.
The interior, however, is prmarily accessible by the vast network of river tributaries, making an Amazon River cruise one of the best ways to explore the rivers and tributaries in depth, while enjoying the comfort of these nicely appointed floating lodges that visit many of the regions most interesting and colorful villages, and remarkable natural reserves. Or, base yourself at one of the rustic but elegant jungle lodges deep in the Amazon. Either was, the Amazon River is a memorable vacation experience where you can lose yourself amidst palm trees, exotic fruits, and mind boggling biodiverstiy. Our flexible itineraries can help you link the Amazon with other fantastic Peruvian destinations.
It is generally believed that the Nazca Lines were created nearly 2000 years ago by the indigenous Paraca people, but there are endless theories to explain their origin and use including suggestions that the images were astronomical maps, agricultural calendars, even messages left by visiting aliens. What we do know is that the gigantic images have been fascinating observers since their discovery in the 1930s, and that they can only be fully appreciated from the air.
The Paracas National Reservation, and the nearby Ballestas Islands are musts for eco-enthusiasts visiting Nazca Lines-Paracas. Considered one of the richest and most unique ecosystems in the world, the reservation was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is the only protected marine area in Peru. Within the Reserve are the spectacular Ballestas Islands, known for its caves and arches is inhabited by thousands bird and mammal species, and animal species.
Nazca-Paracas is an exciting and multi-faceted destination which is easily linked to Cuzco, Machu Picchu and other remarkable vacation options.
One of the deepest, and most breathtakingly beautiful canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon at 10,300 feet is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, and home of soaring condors, panoramic vistas, eternally blue skies, healing thermal waters, and the colorful old word villages like Chivay, and Yanque. Hiking, mountain biking, trekking, mountaineering, rafting, and photographing the magnificence of the canyon and its winged inhabitants are the most popular activities here, and accommodations are designed to enhance your canyon experience. Many include excursions with knowledgably local guides, spa services, and food grown on the property.
If you love the wonders of nature, and want to experience the charm of old world Peru, Colca Canyon can be a perfect vacation choice, and our flexible itineraries can help you link Colca Canyon to other spectacular Peruvian destinations and customize your stay, hotel, transportation, and activity choices in the booking process.
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