Peru


Peru is home to some of the most authentic, well-preserved structures in the world.Once you arrive at the top of Machu Picchu, don’t despair if all you see is white. Soon the fog will clear revealing the iconic topiary from a bird’s eye view. It’s cinematic, really – totally surreal. See how the structure’s walls and windows were built at the perfect angle to allow the sun to shine through during the solstice. Learn about Machu Picchu’s history and how it’s existence today is ultimately the result of perfect timing.In the Sacred Valley, you can enjoy lunch at Sol y Luna, then hop on horseback and venture through the mountains. Or if you prefer to sightsee on foot, you can hike through Ollantaytambo, the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The majority of the Incan-built structure is still intact! Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain – around 260 steps – and admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun.Visit Cusco, a city adamant about its authenticity and preservation. In fact, if you wander down to the basement of Cusco’s JW Marriot, you’ll see Incan ruins encased in glass walls. In Cusco’s historical center, see the Temple of the Sun at Koricancha, one of the Inca’s most important temples. In the main square’s Plaza de Armas, you’ll discover the Cusco Cathedral and the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus. See renowned art, including Pintura Senor de los Temblores, the oldest surviving painting in Cusco.Visit Lima, a shopping mecca that happens to be Peru’s capital city. Though this city is more modern than the rest, it’s still home to many historical buildings and intricate cathedrals.

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