Peru Travel Information — What will I see?

What will I see?

Pre-Columbia

Today, with INCA, you can explore archeological remnants of that vast empire and learn about pre-Incan native cultures from the impressive museum collections in Lima, Chiclayo and Ica.

You'll travel in comfort along portions of the coastal desert to see archeological ruins at Sipán, Túcume, Chan Chan, Paracas and Pachacamac. You'll learn about civilizations like the Chimú, Wari, Sipán, Paracas, and Nazca that flourished there hundreds, even thousands, of years ago. You'll experience an intriguing overflight of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. We'll try to sort out their true meaning later at a winery near Ica.

You'll never forget the stunningly brilliant, snow-capped peaks that rise into the infinite, blue Andean sky like Volcan El Misti near Arequipa. Or seeing the farmers working fields so steep that "falling off the farm" is a major occupational hazard.

Machu Picchu

Little in life is as moving as sitting quietly, alone, watching the warm curtain of morning light pushing clouds away from two venerable Picchus—Machu and Huaynu. As the outlines of ancient structures loom in and out of the mist, you can slowly discern the silent ruins of a "lost city"—Machu Picchu.

In the poet Pablo Neruda's words, this place is the "high reef of the human dawn." Perched in a saddle between the peaks, structures of magnificently fitted stone bear silent witness to the rushing Rio Vilcanota's cascade into the jungle far below. Discovered only in 1911, this mysterious site's true purpose will never be known. On your three-day exploration you'll have time to absorb and integrate these powerful images—then Machu Picchu will inhabit your soul forever.

Cuzco

With our expert guide, you'll learn about the Incan history as you stroll by walls of their fabled stonework in Cuzco. One night you will dine on typical dishes like ricotto relleño as you listen to indigenous musicians and watch Andean folk dances. And you can bargain for folklorico in our favorite Indian market in Chinchero.

Lima - City of Kings

INCA's Peruvian adventures begin in Lima. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, this Ciudad de los Reyes - City of Kings - was the capital of Spain's realm in South America. As such, it bestowed so much wealth on the Spanish Crown that for more than two centuries Peru was the most powerful Spanish vice-royalty in the Americas.

Now, in the old colonial city, you'll visit some of Lima's fine old churches and public buildings. You'll see remnants of the great wealth and early arts of the Americas displayed in the museum collections of gold and silver artifacts, exotic pottery and exquisite weavings at Museo de Nación, the private collection of Enrico Poli and others.

The culural fusion that is Perú is fertile ground for some of the most innovative cuisine in the world and Lima has become a gastonomical destination for serious food lovers. No visit to Perú would be complete without experiencing Lima's dynamic culinary scene.

 

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