Take a trip to Peru this summer

This beautiful South American country is filled with extraordinary landscape, rich history and ancient, cultural, rare monuments. With sights of the Pacific coastal region, the grand Andes mountains, the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest and the Amazon river, this trip is truly an adventure to pursue.

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Machu Picchu   Photographer: http://www.Flickr.com/Creative Commons/sandeepachetan.com

Start your journey by hiking up to Machu Picchu. This iconic 15th century Inca site stands 2,430 metres tall above sea level, with the Urabamba river flowing underneath. Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, as you can see the remaining evidence of the urban Inca Empire. Here lies mysteries that archaeologists still try to discover. During the summer solstice,  many have seen the sun shine through a temple window and aligns the boulder on the site with a tip of a peak of a mountain close by. When hiking up to Machu Picchu, stop by the ancient capital of Peru; Cusco. It is occupied in Southeastern Peru and is nearby the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range.

 

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 Street food stall in Lima   Photographer: http://www.Flickr.com/Creative Commons/Marcelo Druck

If you want a taste of Peru’s true authentic cuisine, then make way to Lima. This city is filled with character; for there are plenty of historical sites and art museums to visit, as well as beaches and a lively night life. Lima Plaza Major is the centre of this old colonial city and is always bustling with people. However, the beautiful and immaculate 17th century bronze fountain is what will catch your eye once you’re in the square. Visit the ancient and first major church that once stood in this city; Lima Cathedral. This spectacular church stands tall and has austere interior, along with historic treasures. The Government Palace and Gastronomy house are two crucial historical sites to visit when you are in Lima Plaza Major.

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Native locals in Iquitos   Photographer: http://www.Flickr.com/Creative Commons/alobos Life

Fuel your adrenaline for adventure by taking a boat trip down the Amazon River to Iquitos. You will have the opportunity to be out of bounds from your comfort zone and in touch with tropical nature. With mud huts all cluttered together on the banks of the Amazon river surrounded by the rainforest, innaccessible roads and the only transport are boats, it is truly a thrilling cultural experience. Iquitos is the sixth most populous city in Peru and has claimed the title for being ‘The capital of the Peruvian Amazon.’ Live like a local in this city for a couple of days; follow a hiking trail in the jungle or share stories with the native iquitenos.

 

 

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