Category Archives: Peru Travel

My Top 11 Place “WOWs” of This Trip

11. Andes mountains regions in Central Ecuador (Nariz del Diablo train ride) and Peru (Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley) 10. Oman’s mountains and valleys 9. Dubai architecture 8. Ranakpur, India—huge, white marble Jain temple 7. Valparaiso, Chile—hill areas with colored houses and street art 6. Mysore Palace … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu

This main tourist destination of South America is a must-see for good reason: amazing views of the Sacred Valley and the large Incan religious and ceremonial complex. Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spaniards and Pizarro, so the ruins … Continue reading

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Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes, otherwise officially known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo”, is the town near Machu Picchu and the place to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is a cute town with several bridges across the rivers that flow through … Continue reading

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Pisaq

Pisaq (or Pisac) is a small town in the Sacred Valley of the highlands of Peru in the Andes mountains. It is best known for its Inca ruins and the Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday market, where Peruvians from all over … Continue reading

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Cusco

Cusco, in the south central highlands of Peru, was the capital of the vast Inca empire. Today it’s a major stop on any tourist itinerary, both for its quaint cultural feel with whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets and as a … Continue reading

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Nazca

Nazca, located on the south central coast of Lima, is known for the Nazca lines, the mysterious, geometrical and zoomorphic shapes on the landscape that draw curiosity and tourists from all over the world. German mathematician and archeologist Maria Reiche … Continue reading

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Trujillo

Trujillo is one of Peru’s primary cities located on the northern coast of the country. It is best known as a base for exploring two of Peru’s important archeological sites of the Moche and Chimú cultures—Huaca de la Luna/Huaca del … Continue reading

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Caral

Caral is an archeological site approximately 200 kilometers northeast of Lima, in central Peru, popularized in 1994 by archeologist Ruth Shady. At over 5,000 years old, it is now considered the oldest city in the Americas. There have been six … Continue reading

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Lima

My first impression of Lima was a hot, sprawling city (with no subway) similar to Los Angeles or maybe Miami. The longer I was there (5 days in total), I began to see other sides of it. First, there’s Miraflores, … Continue reading

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