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Peru land of the Incas

Peru tours inevitably evoke images of Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times. Located on the central West coast of South America, Peru is divided into three main regions - a narrow desert belt on the coast to the West, the wide Andean mountain range in the center and the Amazon River basin to the East. Travel within Peru is modern and convenient. A valid passport is usually all that is required to enter the country.

Entertainment and live music are easy to find everywhere on a Peru tour. Clubs with contemporary Latin or Coastal criolla-style music are popular in Lima. Restaurants and hotels in Cuzco and other cities offer floor shows with folk music and dancers. Or visit a "Peña", a lively club with colorful performances and audience participation! Peru tours aim for nature and ecology as major priorities. The Peruvian Amazon has been named one of the world's ten "biodiversity hot spots" with an unusually high number of flora and fauna species. There are nine national parks, seven national reserves, three national and historical sanctuaries, two reserve zones and an increasing number of forest reserves, preserving the precious natural environment for future generations.


General Information

Peru tours allow you to learn about the first Pan-Andean civilization, Chavin (1500-400 BC), which featured stone temples riddled with labyrinthine galleries at altitudes over 3,100 meters above sea level. Discover the mystery of mud-brick/adobe citadels and pyramids built near the sea by the Mochica dynasty (200 BC-700 AD) as well as their royal tombs such as that of the Lord of Sipan, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century.
Follow in the footsteps of the fierce Chachapoya warriors (1000-1400 AD) along 25-meter-high ramparts in the Kuelap fortress or peer into the imposing tombs of their ancestors that lie near where the mountains plunge down to the forest. Stroll around Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire (1300-1500 AD), the greatest pre-Colombian civilization in South America. Cuzco and its environs features colossal constructions such as the Machu Picchu citadel, hailed as the eighth wonder of the world.

Peruvian Cuisine - a wonderful and varied ethnic mixture.

With rich coastal waters and one of the largest fisheries in the world, seafood is typical. Pisco Sour is the national drink (made with white grape brandy that is a "must" for visitors to try) and Peruvian beer is excellent!

Peru Highlights


The City of Lima

The City of Lima

Lima, known as the city of Kings, boasts one of the nicest colonial downtown areas in South America. A true tast of what Peru offers include: plazas, churches, catacombs and the majestic Inca ruins. Many museums in Lima show archaeological treasures which include the Inca gold and other cultural wonders.

 

Cuzco and the Sacred Valley

Cuzco and the Sacred Valley

The ancient capital of the Inca empire, one of South America's most beautiful cities. Cobble stoned streets lead into narrow alleys formed by colonial homes. Nearby ruins are Sacsayhuaman and just a few hours away is the sacred valley of the Incas. Cusco is the departure point for tours visiting Machu Picchu the lost city of the Incas.

 

Colonial City and Deep Canyons

Colonial City and Deep Canyons

Arequipa is one of the country's most attractive cities. Full of colonial churches and mansions, including Santa Catalina, a restored convent established in 1579 and now open to the public after being closed for 400 years. The Colca canyon is one of the deepest in the world and home of the majestic condor.

 

Lake Titicaca and Surroundings

Lake Titicaca and Surroundings

At the edge of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 3,860 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.) lies Puno, a captivating, enchanting city.

 

 

 

Amazon

Amazon

The options in Peru's Amazon are tremendous, you can cruise from Iquitos into the Pacaya Samiria reserve or to tres fronteras on a river boat, or choose an expedition boat and deepen your experience with the forest. You can also decide to stay at a lodge around the Tambopata biosphere reserve or the amazing Manu wildlife reserve. The canopy walkways around Iquitos offer some of the best wildlife spotting.

 

Culture and Nature in Peru

Culture and Nature in Peru

While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times.
Peruvian Cuisine is a wonderful and varied ethnic mix. With rich coastal waters and one of the largest fisheries in the world, seafood is very typical. Nature and ecology are major priorities. The Peruvian Amazon has been named one of the world's 10 "bio-diversity hot spots".

 

Peru for Tour Operators

WHY SHOULD I SELL PERU?

This South American country invites the visitor to learn and discover the majesty of the history of the Inca Empire. Culture, nature and adventure are in only place, Peru. The ruins of Machu Picchu are located in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The Amazon rainforest show the splendor of the nature and fauna and flora unique in the world. The culture and traditions make the visitant experience an original trip and voyage.

WHO CAN I SELL PERU TO?

As Peru offers diversity in the activities the voyager can do, Peru is for everyone. There are tours to Machu Picchu designed for adventurous traveler who would like to experience the Inca Trail or for people who would like to live a more cultural experience. If the passenger wants more adventure as well as nature, Peru possesses the Amazon rainforest where the visitant can experience the splendor on the jungle and the biodiversity.

HOW DO I GET THERE? HOW DO YOU GET AROUND?

There are 5 international airports in Peru: Lima, Cuzco, Piura, Arequipa and Iquitos. However, all international airports, except for the one in Lima, have limited international destinations. This is why the majority of international flights are done to Lima and from there internal flights are done to other cities in Peru. Lima is the door to Peru.

CITY CODES:
LIM:  Lima
CUZ:  Cuzco
PIU:  Piura
AQP:  Arequipa
IQT:  Iquitos
CJA:  Cajamarca
CIX:  Chiclayo
PEM:  Puerto Maldonado
TRU:  Trujillo
NZA:  Nazca
PIO:  Pisco

TAXES/SURCHARGES/UNEXPECTED EXPENSES
• Most tour packages have hotel taxes and service charges already included.
• International departure taxes: USD 33 which are already included in the ticket.
• The value of VAT is returned to the passenger as long as he presents the invoice at the airport.  
FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Official Tourism Ministry website: http://www.turismo.gob.ec/
Peru travel website: http://www.peru.travel/





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