Peru

Peru

the beautiful ruins of ancient machu picchu

Cradle of ancient empires

Cradle to the vast Incan Empire, the largest in pre-Colombian America, Peru's power and gold attracted the Spanish conquistadors who used it to fund their own vast empire in the Americas. As a result, colonial gems like magnificent Cusco were built on Incan foundations, making for a fascinating hybrid culture. Peru is peppered with Incan sites, but none so famous as the "lost city" of Machu Picchu, whose breathtaking image seems to grace every brochure and travel book. Peru has been blessed with natural gifts as well: a huge chunk of Amazon rainforest falls within its bounds, and visitors can hike through jungle, trek in the Andes, and surf the northern beaches all in the same week. Cap it off with Lake Titicaca, one of the highest lakes in the world, and you've only just begun to scratch the surface.

Featured blog posts

Pics of the Week: The Andes

July 11, 2014, 2:44 p.m.

The Andes are the backbone of South America. Running from Colombia all the way to Chile, they present a landscape made for contemplation, adventure, intrigue, and everyday life.

History lesson: Inti Raymi

June 24, 2014, 2:44 p.m.

Inti Raymi is South America’s second-largest festival (after Brazil’s Carnaval). Tourists and locals alike descend on Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas for a week’s worth of music, drama, dance, and other activities. So, what's this festival all about

Peru on a Plate: Five Classic Dishes

June 2, 2014, 11:43 a.m.

Travelling to Peru and wondering what you'll eat? We review five classic Peruvian dishes on the Looptail - and they're delicious

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