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Peru Highlights, South America

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Peru Highlights, South America

story by: Inspire South America

Puno & Lake Titicaca – Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, and the largest lake in South America. Boat trips can be made to Uros, Taquile and Amantani Islands. The Uros Indians dwell on the floating islands which they build with the lakes reeds and they dress in traditional clothing. Taquile and Amantani Islands have a number of Inca ruins scattered about.

Northern Peru – This area is an historical delight, full of uncovered national treasures. A short distance from Chiclayo is the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, only discovered in 1987. North of Chiclayo is Tucume, where dozens of pre-Hispanic pyramids and enclosures lie over 540 acres. Outside Trujillo are the ruins of the imperial city of Chan Chan, built around AD850 then conquered by the Incas in AD1470.

Nazc a & South Coast – The Pan-American Highway follows the coast and passes through some interesting areas. Pisco, used by travellers as a base to see the wildlife of the nearby Ballestas Islands and Paracas Peninsula which holds ancient burial sites. Also the town of Nazca, known for the world-famous Nazca Lines – huge geometric designs, mostly of animals and birds, made between 900BC and 600AD. You can view these designs from the air on small aircrafts.

Arequipa & Colca Canyon – Arequipa lies in the Andes Mountains and is the second biggest city in Peru. Many buildings have been built by white volcanic rock from the Colonial Spanish era with the area now named as a UNESCO world heritage site. Near Arequipa is a the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, but more accessible due to the sloped sides. You’ll find parts of the canyon’s terraces still cultivated by locals from Inca days, but the highlight here is watching the Condor birds soaring around the canyon first thing in the morning.

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