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City of Cuzco

City of Cuzco

Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Left bank of the Vilcanota river, between its tributaries the Kusichaca and Aobamba rivers, in the department of Cuzco, Urubamba Province, District of Macchu Picchu

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Chavin (Archaeological Site)
Ancash Department, Huari Province, Chavin District

Chavin (Archaeological Site)
The archaeological site of Chavin gave its name to the culture that developed between 1500 and 300 B.C. in this high valley of the Peruvian Andes. This former place of worship is one of the earliest and best-known pre-Columbian sites. Its appearance is striking, with the complex of terraces and squares, surrounded by structures of dressed stone, and the mainly zoomorphic ornamentation.

Chan Chan Archaelogical Zone
Depart.: La Libertad. Prov.: Trujillo. Distr.: Huanchaco

Chan Chan Archaelogical Zone

The Chimu Kingdom, with Chan Chan as its capital, reached its apogee in the 15th century, not long before falling to the Incas. The planning of this huge city, the largest in pre-Columbian America, reflects a strict political and social strategy, marked by the city's division into nine 'citadels' or 'palaces' forming autonomous units.

Historic Centre of Lima
City of Lima

Historic Centre of Lima

Although severely damaged by earthquakes, this 'City of the Kings' was, until the middle of the 18th century, the capital and most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America. Many of its buildings, such as the Convent of San Francisco (the largest of its type in this part of the world), are the result of collaboration between local craftspeople and others from the Old World.

Río Abiseo National Park
Department of San Martin, Province Mariscal Caceres, District of Huicungo

Río Abiseo National Park

The park was created in 1983 to protect the fauna and flora of the rainforests that are characteristic of this region of the Andes. There is a high level of endemism among the fauna and flora found in the park. The yellow-tailed woolly monkey, previously thought extinct, is found only in this area. Research undertaken since 1985 has already uncovered 36 previously unknown archaeological sites at altitudes of between 2,500 and 4,000 m, which give a good picture of pre-Inca society.

Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
Libertadores / Wari Region

Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

Located in the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 km south of Lima, the geoglyphs of Nasca and the pampas of Jumana cover about 450 sq. km. These lines, which were scratched on the surface of the ground between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500, are among archaeology's greatest enigmas because of their quantity, nature, size and continuity. The geoglyphs depict living creatures, stylized plants and imaginary beings, as well as geometric figures several kilometres long. They are believed to have had ritual astronomical functions.

Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa
Province of Arequipa

Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa

The historic centre of Arequipa, built in volcanic sillar rock, represents an integration of European and native building techniques and characteristics, expressed in the admirable work of colonial masters and Criollo and Indian masons. This combination of influences is illustrated by the city's robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.

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Hostal La Florida Ica

Victoria Regia Hotel & Suites Iquitos

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Gringo Bill's Hostal Machu Picchu, Hanaqpacha Inn Hotel & Restaurant Machu Picchu, Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel Machu Picchu, Hostal La Cabana Machu Picchu, Rupawasi - Condor House Machu Picchu

Hotel Don Carlos Puerto Maldonado Madre de Dios

WalkOn Inn Nazca

Hostal San José Piura

Bello Horizonte Lodge Puerto Maldonado

Conde de Lemos Inn Puno, Hostal Maria Angola Inn Puno, Hotel El Buho Puno. Qelqatani Hotel Puno. Sillustani Hotel Puno. Taypikala Hotel & Spa Puno

Hospedaje Ecológico Tarma

Casa de Clara Trujillo. El Peregrino Hotel Trujillo. Mochica`s Bed & Breakfast Trujillo

Hotel Royal Inka Pisac Valle Sagrado


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