The Andes of Peru

the andes of peru

When visiting Peru, there is something that absolutely must be done. This is to take a trip to the Andes which is the longest north – south mountain range in the world. Here you will encounter fascinating wildlife and stunning scenery that will stay with you forever.

A common excursion for many tourists who visit Peru is to take a train ride through the Andes to Machu Picchu. This pre – Columbian Inca site is often referred to as ‘The Lost City of the Incas’ and has become the most visited tourist attraction in the country. As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World this attraction will not disappoint as you are confronted with brilliantly coloured artefacts and Spanish colonial architecture.

If you are looking for traditional yet modern locations to visit while in Peru then Lima is perfect for you. Although Lima is Peru’s cultural and business centre, it still runs at a slower pace than many other South American cities. The capital city is located amongst valleys, rivers and seaports and overlooks the Pacific Ocean which means that photo opportunities are plentiful and there is lots to see.

One attraction in particular that should be visited while in Lima is the Gold museum. It is not hard to see why this is the most popular museum in Peru as it possesses one of the largest collections of pre – Columbian gold in the world. Here tourists can see gold figures, masks, artefacts, mummies and other ancient relics which can’t be found in many other parts of the world.

The ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’, Cusco is yet another must see location in Peru. It is hard to say exactly what makes this destination so special but many think that it is the contrast between the native and western cultures that are clearly on display. Surrounded by six mountains, possessing the oldest city in the western hemisphere and having been the home of ancient Inca civilisation, Cusco possibly has some of the most beautiful views in the world.

Whether you are going to Peru in search of fascinating wildlife, stunning scenery or attractions that you will never find anywhere else, this is bound to be a holiday that you will never forget. Peru is a far cry from what you would normally see on a typical holiday so prepare to be left amazed and speechless and you encounter the wonders that the country has to offer.     

Image belongs to: Joseph Hurtado http://www.flickr.com/photos/trumpetca/76141168/in/set-1632890/

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