Peru travel information

Peru, known as the land of the Incas, is an adventurous travel destination filled with awesome ancient ruins, tropical jungles, soaring mountains, and a mysterious culture. Looking out over the southern Pacific Ocean, Peru lies on the western side of South America. Lima, the City of Viceroys, is the capital city of Peru. Bursting with temples, colonial mansions, museums, and parks, Lima is a monument to pre-Hispanic culture. Lima's main city square, known as Plaza de Armas, is the site of the 18th-century Grand Cathedral and the Torre Tagle Palace.
The Church of San Francisco, in all its Baroque glory, features an extensive library filled with literary antiquities, and a maze of subterranean catacombs filled with bones of the long dead. Monks rearranged the bones by type, such as leg bones or skulls, which creates a fascinatingly macabre library of bones.

October is an exciting time in Lima. Visitors can take part in the Lord of Miracles celebrations in the Pachacamilla district where the Las Nazarenas Church stands. October is also the time of bullfighting and sees the world's greatest bullfighters come to The Acho Bullring and compete for the Gold Scapular. The Andes mountains divide Peru into three main regions; the coast, the highlands, and the jungle. Each area offers its own exciting adventure and unique flavor of Peruvian culture.
Along the coast, water sports are popular with visitors flocking to enjoy everything from surfing, sand boarding, or a relaxing walk on the beach. Up in the highlands, lies Peru's main attraction; the classic city of Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas, dramatically set atop a remote mountain ridge.

It is the most revered symbol of the ancient Incan Empire. Machu Picchu's highlights include the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, and the Room of the Three Windows. Etched into the desert floor, the mysterious geoglyphs, known as the Nazca Lines, form pictures of a hummingbird, monkey, fish, cat, and other creatures. The Nazca lines are said to date back to A.D. 600. The images can only be seen from high above, as they are expansive; some are over 200 meters across.

In the jungle, Peru's largest protected area, Manu National Park, covers more than 7,700 square miles. This park is a haven of biological megadiversity with more than 800 species of birds, 2000 species of plants and trees, 200 species of mammals, 250 species of reptiles, 1300 species of butterflies, and 200 species of fish. It is an absolute paradise for birdwatchers and ecological tourists.

Peruvian cuisine is hot, spicy, and noted for its extensive variety of indigenous fruits and vegetables. Be sure to sample some local tamales, citrusy ceviche, and camarones. There are numerous clubs, casinos, and karaoke bars, in the major cities and tourist areas.

Take a shopping excursion down in Ayacucho and Cajamarca. You can find many exquisite Peruvian handicrafts like hand carved wood masks, alpaca wool sweaters, woven rugs, handmade pottery, and intricate leatherwork.
The best time to travel around Peru varies depending on the region. The coastal region has a lovely tropical climate year round. The highlands are temperate during the day and generally cold at night. The jungle region experiences more severe weather with heavy rains from November to April.

Peru's stunning landscapes, ancient monuments, and enduring culture create an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue. If you have the opportunity, come explore and discover the spectacular country of Peru.
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