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The Highlights of Peru with a Vacation to Machu Picchu

Peru - An Overview

Lima Known as "The City of the Kings", Lima is the capital and main gateway to Peru. A city of contrasts, Lima was the colonial capital of Spain for three hundred years. It offers up colonial treasures, fascinating museums, and fine gourmet dining. Lima is located on the coast at sea level.

Machu Picchu and Cuzco. The gateway to the fascinating Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cuzco was at the center of the ancient Incan Empire. High in the Andes, from Cuzco, visitors take a short train ride to the wondrous "Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu. Hikers have the option of trekking the "Royal Inca Trail" and reaching Machu Picchu as the ancients did… by foot.

The mysteries of Nazca have fascinated scientists for decades. Nazca is situated on a plain south of Lima, and the site of an amazing pre-Incan Nazca view travel destination civilization highly advanced in astronomy and ceramics. Huge figures of animals, birds, and humans have been etched into the desert sands by these ancient people.

Parrot lick in the Amazon region of Peru
Trujillo and Chiclayo. Home to the Chimu and Moche civilizations of Northern Peru, this destination is found at the heart of Peru's colonial folklore traditions. Northern Peru contains many of the country's most important ongoing archaeological finds. The Mausoleum known as the "Lord of Sipan" in the "Valley of the Pyramids" contains the most ornate tombs ever found in the Western Hemisphere. These tombs contain exquisitely detailed treasures fashioned from gold.
Manu. Accessible by airplane or overland from Cuzco, Manu is one of the premier areas for observing wildlife in the Amazon rainforest. There is an abundance of turtles, monkeys, giant otter, peccaries, tapirs, capybaras, and the magnificent jaguar. In the bird world there are motmots, macaws, toucans, and currasows. The terrain shifts from lowland rainforests to high Andean grasslands. The Manu Reserve is protected and untouched by civilization. Renowned for its abundant wildlife, Manu is held as a national park and a world heritage site.
Amazon and Iquitos. Ecotourists, orchid enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and nature lovers, will thrill to the abundance of life in the pristine Amazon rainforest. The Amazon river port of Iquitos is situated in northeastern Peru, and is gateway to your Amazon adventure. Iquitos can be reached by air from Lima. From Iquitos, visitors can explore the incredible rainforest by taking an adventure river cruise, or staying at a jungle lodge along the river.

Traditional boats on Lake Titicaca in Peru

Lake Titicaca. High in the Andes and accessible by train or air from Cuzco or Lima, this Lake was held sacred by the Incas and hailed as the birthplace of Inca civilization. A hydrofoil across the lake, and a stay at the Inca Utama Hotel are an unforgettable experience.

Stanford Travel Systems works with an extensive network of local multi-lingual guides and transportation experts. STS travel consultants research the best travel destinations and seek out the finest hotels, to offer you an unparalleled travel experience wherever you go in Peru or South America.

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