8 days/7 nights: Lima, Paracas, Amazon Rainforest, Cusco, Machu Picchu
6 days/5 nights: Lima, Paracas, Amazon Rainforest
6 days/5 nights: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Picchu
Capital of Peru, the district is the oldest in Lima 1988 and as such, vestiges of the city’s colonial era remain today in the historic center of Lima which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage.
The Lima Catacombs are located at the San Francisco Church at Plaza de Armas in downtown Lima. The church was built in the 17th century; it is an impressive colonial style building. Today the remains of some 25,000 people are stored at the catacombs.
The church of San Francisco is one of the best preserved building in the baroque style of the late 1600s, the church has several gilded side altars and an impressive lattice dome. The adjoining monastery has a superb collection of ancient religious texts.
A brutalist concrete tower houses the catch all museum de la nation, which provides a quick overview of Peru’s civilizations, from Chavin stone carvings and the knotted rope “quipus” of the Incas to the artifacts from the colony.
In Miraflores the Inca market carries numerous souvenirs you can bring home to remind you of your trip to Peru’s largest city. The Inca market is replete with alpaca blankets and shawls, silver accessories, ceramic and wood carvings featuring Inca craftsmanship.
Along the seawalk in Larcomar is a multilevel entertainment, food and shopping mega complex that cater to most tastes. It is built on a cliff with breathtaking ocean views.
These spectacular islands, eroded into many caves and arches provides shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea lions. Although the islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve, they are home to over 150 species of marine birds, including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Condors have also been known to visit.
The meandering Madre de Dios River, deep in the lush Amazon rainforest, rustic and luxury awaits you.
Cusco: Is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province. In 2007, the city had a population of 358,935 which was triple the figure of 20 years ago. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cusco, its elevation is around 3,400m (11,200ft).
Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 2 million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru.
Machu Picchu: The Incas started building the estate around 1400, although known locally, being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Since the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
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