Peru, a country with over 5000 years of history, one of the most diverse nations on the planet and a destination that holds infinite vacation destinations. There is a Peru for everyone and we invite you to find out. The Incas forged an incredible civilization that learned how to tame the geography of Peru. This ancient society lived in harmony with the rivers, the Sun, the rain, the ocean, the jungle, the Peruvian mountains and the cold dryness of the Andes, consequently adapting to the weather, their surroundings and surviving thanks to Mother Earth’s gifts. Part of this ancient society still lives today in each town and can be seen through the customs of the people. A trip to Peru takes you back in time and allows you to rediscover the exciting lives of the Incas, Chancas, Chachapoyas, Mochicas, and Wari, as well as their great works of art, their fiestas, the roots of their social strength and the energy of their people. Experience Peru and discover a wealth of different worlds, all with their own individual landscapes, sounds, colors and tastes; travel back in time to ancient civilizations and share the great cultural heritage of the Peruvian people. Many destinations and experiences such as Peru’s coast and mountains can only be explained by seeing them in the flesh. The beating heart of its roots and destinations. Caral, the first civilization in the Americas; pre-Hispanic cultures; the Inca Empire; the fusion between the Inca and Hispanic worlds; Peru and its Western, East Asian and African influences; deserts, mountains, forests, the Amazon and the sea; flora, fauna and a wide variety of cultural expressions. Peru is all of this.
Machu Picchu: Historic Sanctuary.
The ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, in the southern Peruvian Andes, is Cusco’s main attraction. 7,000 feet above sea level and nestled on a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range, the majestic city soars above the Urabamba Valley below. The Incan built structure has been deemed the “Lost Cities”, unknown until its relatively recent discovery in 1911. Archaeologists estimate that approximately 1200 people could have lived in the area, though many theorize it was most likely a retreat for Incan rulers. Due to it’s isolation from the rest of Peru, living in the area full time would require traveling great distances just to reach the nearest village. Separated into three areas – agricultural, urban, and religious – the structures are arranged so that the function of the buildings matches the form of their surroundings. The agricultural terracing and aqueducts take advantage of the natural slopes; the lower areas contain buildings occupied by farmers and teachers, and the most important religious areas are located at the crest of the hill, overlooking the lush Urubamba Valley thousands of feet below. Hikers, tourists, and the early explorers describe similar emotions as they climb their way through the Inca Trail. Many call the experience magical. Glancing out from the Funerary Rock Hut on all the temples, fields, terraces, and baths seems to take you to another time. Blending in with the hillside itself, many say the area creates a seamless and elegant green paradise, making it a must for anyone who travels to Peru.
Mancora: Beaches and Resorts.
Peru’s worst-kept secret, Máncora is the place to see and be seen along the Peruvian coast – in the summer months foreigners flock here to rub sunburned shoulders with the frothy cream of the Peruvian jet set. It’s not hard to see why – Peru’s best sandy beach stretches for several kilometers in the sunniest region of the country, while dozens of plush resorts and their budget-conscious brethren offer up rooms within meters of the lapping waves. On shore, a plethora of restaurants provides fresh seafood straight off the boat as fuel for the long, lazy days. The consistently good surf draws a sun-bleached, board-toting bunch and raucous nightlife keeps visitors busy after the sun dips into the sea in a ball of fiery flames. However, even though it has seen recent explosive growth, Máncora has somehow managed to cling to its fishing community roots. Located about halfway between Talara and Tumbes, Máncora has the Pan-American Hwy passing right through its middle, within 100m of the surf, where it becomes Av Piura, which changes to Av Grau halfway through town. During the December to March summer period, the scene can get rowdy and accommodation prices tend to double. But year-round sun means that this is one of the few resort towns on the coast that doesn’t turn into a ghost town at less popular times
Tarapoto: City of Palms.
Tarapoto is the largest city in the Department of San Martin (capital Moyobamba) in Peru at approximately 350 metres above sea level and has a hot tropical climate Tarapoto offers the tourist and businessman a variety of comfortable hotels and hostels as well as recreation and activity centres in Tarapoto and the surrounding area, including the well-equipped Puerto Palmeras resort and adventure holiday center just outside the city. There are attractive areas of countryside close at hand where you can see the flora and fauna of the area and waterfalls. There are opportunities for adventure expeditions including white water rafting and canoeing trips. Local crafts and souvenirs are on sale often making use of attractive jungle resources such as exotic seeds, feathers, coconut shells and straw as well as gifts made with Peruvian silver, gold and other precious stones. There is also of course a wide variety of local food and dishes, locally-produced alcoholic drinks such as uvachado (made with grapes and aguardiente) the medicinal siete raices (made with medicinal tree roots and barks) and chuchuhuasi. Local folklore is well represented and of special interest is the native community of Lamas and the ethnic museum there. This is approximately 30 minutes by car from Tarapoto. Tarapoto is also a set off point for tours of the North East of Peru and Amazon, including the Chachapoyas culture in Amazonas with its fascinating but not so well known archaeology and history, the Gran Vilaya ruins, the Kuelap fortress (Machu Picchu of the North) and the Inca Trail of northern Peru. Access is via a 60 minute plane flight from Lima with Star Peru, Lan Peru y Wayra Peru (once or twice a day), or by road (approximately 24 hours, depending on coach company and the conditions of the new asphalt road which now goes all the way from Lima to Tarapoto). The best months for a first visit to Tarapoto are probably between June and October when there is little rain.