Peru's Amazon rainforest is one of the last true frontiers on earth— and a thrilling place for an adventure. Just be prepared to cross paths with howler monkeys, 200-foot trees, and a tarantula or two. There are few stretches of rainforest as untouched as southeastern Peru's.
You will fish for red-bellied piranhas and hold them in our hands. At night, you will enter pitch-black tributaries to search for glowing eyes and listen to the wild sounds of Amazonian nightlife, among other adventouruos activities.
Lake Titicaca is a beautiful and much-venerated sacred lake that lies on the border between Peru and Bolivia. According to Incan mythology, it was from Lake Titicaca that the creator god Viracoca rose up to create the sun, moon, stars, and first human beings. Recently, a large temple was discovered submerged in the lake, adding to its mystery and fascination.
Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. You will visit its the impressive floating islands of the Uros and Taquile, the first made by totora seeds. In these places people live just like their ancestors, keep their customs intact.
The Colca Canyon is a beautiful part of Peru offering stunning scenery and one of the best opportunities to see condors in the wild. Originally, the area was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas, and the Incas also occupied the area for a short time. The Collaguas were an industrious and prosperous people, and the terraces throughout the canyon indicate their agricultural and architectural skills.
The Colca Canyon runs for over 100km, and the average distance from the peaks of the mountains to the river below is 3,400m. Until recently, it was thought that it was the deepest canyon in the world, although it is now generally accepted that the Cotahuasi Canyon, also in the department of Arequipa, is deeper. The depth of the canyon from the Cruz del Condor to the river is approximately 1,500m. The deepest point of the canyon is beyond Cabanaconde, close to the Valley of the Volcanoes.
Small town along the Urubamba River, which by tradition has a fair on Sundays, where goods are exchanged between the different villages of the area. Furthermore, due to the large influx of tourists they can also buy handicrafts and other non-agricultural items. Many people visit Pisac on Sunday, but there are smaller markets on Tuesday and Thursday. The ruins of Pisac, was part of the route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles.
This construction is known as the Baths of the Inca, but some argue that in fact it was a temple of worship to water. This archaeological site is located about 8 km north of the city of Cuzco in Peru’s southern highlands. The beautiful fountains and rural atmosphere in this attractive tourist, make it one of the most visited places in the area.
It is at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley. The valley is more narrow here than in Urubamba and Pisac, with the nearest mountains on each side, to make it more dramatic. Located at the foot of an ancient archaeological site, the small town of Ollantaytambo, 2,000 meters over the sea, is the most beautiful city in the Sacred Valley. The city is located above the main road, and built on uneven ground. The stone stairs are beautifully framed by stone arches.
Ollantaytambo is one of only two places in the Sacred Valley to take the train to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu. While most people take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes directly, the trip from Ollantaytambo is shorter and less expensive.
SACSAYHUAMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX
A 2 km northeast of the city of Cusco The complex includes 33 archaeological sites, of which the best known is the Sacsayhuaman fortress. This would have been really a religious structure, but because of its location and style was considered by the Spanish chroniclers a military construction. IT might have hosted the most important temple in Hanan Qosqo or Upper Cusco, dedicated to Andean cosmology and to the worship of Inti (Sun), Quilla (moon), Chaska (stars), Illapa (Ray) and other deities. It is described as massive for the size of its stones, some of which weigh between 90 and 128 tons. Every June 24 is the scene of the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun
INCAS SACRED VALLEY
The Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley or Cusco Sacred Valley, is located north of Cusco. It is a fertile area, once inhabited by the Incas. Inca ruins are prevalent throughout the valley, with the two largest sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley today is home to a number of typical Andean villages. This is a good place to see the villagers daily life in the Andes. The Sacred Valley is large, and highlights are Pisac Market and Pisac ruins, the Inca sites of Moray and Salinas, and the beautiful city and the ruins of Ollantaytambo.
This ancient city built of stone was the capital of the ancient Inca Empire and was rediscovered by American Hiram Brigham in 1911. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site and was also considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This set contains the mysteries past and strategies of the first Peruvian organization for the work of agriculture, and for religious concentration to worship the sun god.
Plaza de Armas of Cusco
In Inca times was called “Huacaypata” Quechua word meaning place of weeping or meeting. It was an important ceremonial site where every year the Inti Raymi or Fiesta del Sol is celebrated, it was the place where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. With the arrival of the Spanish, the plaza changed, stone arches were built and buildings that surround it today were erected.