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.

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Top 5 Adventure Destinations for Kids

Aug. 27, 2014, 5:08 p.m.

Parents, rejoice! Here's a handy list of five of the world's best adventure-travel destinations to visit with the kids

Hike to the sky: Trekking Lares

July 17, 2014, 2:49 p.m.

We're big fans of taking the road less travelled. Check out one traveller's story of taking Peru's Lares trek and how it left an indelible mark

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.

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