Peru possesses an incalculable material and immaterial patrimony, due to the fact that the ancient Peruvians developed very remote cultures and civilizations such as Caral, the oldest on the continent, which was followed by prominent cultures such as Chavín, Paracas, Mochica, Nazca, Tiahuanaco, Huari, Wanka, Chimú, Chincha, Chachapoyas and later on, by the Incan Empire.
The Incan Empire represents a culture that achieved remarkable development for its time, and also built monumental architectural works like Machu Picchu, a Wonder of the Modern World.
The steps of pre-Incan, Incan, Colonial and Republican ancestral time left unerasable traces in the ethnic groups and traditions, as well as in the art and colossal constructions the remain and still exist throughout Peru.
Come and discover it!
The city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1983 and is undoubtedly one of the most important destinations of the country. Among its cobbled streets one can discover Incan buildings such as the Koricancha and the Palace of Inca Roca, combined with colonial buildings in Andean Baroque style, like the cathedral and the church of the Company. In addition, one can visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas, where the workshops of the finest artisans are situated. This magical city also has an exciting nightlife with cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.
The Incan City of Machu Picchu, a Wonder of the Modern World, is located among abrupt mountains, presenting a set of houses, squares, stairways, towers, walls, water fountains, ceremonial places, such as the Intiwatana (Solar observatory), sacred temples and benched terraces, with an incredible urban harmony, displaying the Incan Empires impressive standard of development.
We’ll fly over the Nazca Lines, Humanity’s Cultural Patrimony, located in the South-east of Peru, on a desert plateau, covering a surface of over 1,000 square kilometers. These enigmatic and gigantic designs are traced in the sand, and represent animals, plants, human beings and diverse geometrical shapes which can only be appreciated from a high altitude. According to Doctor María Reiche, expert scientific researcher of these lines, it was likely created as an astronomical calendar developed by the ancient Peruvians.
Lake Titicaca; the jewel of the Peruvian and Bolivian high plateaus, is the world’s highest navigable lake. It is situated in the Region of Puno, on the Peruvian side, at an altitude of 3,800 m.a.s.l. and it possesses many floating islands inhabited by Quechua and Aymara native populations. It is an ecosystem which has a rich and varied fauna mainly composed of birds.
The Region of Lambayeque offers several alternatives for Peruvian culture, from the city of Chiclayo, which allows you to get to know the historical and monumental part of that city and region, such as the Archaeological Complex of Huaca Rajada, where the Lord of Sipán was found, Túcume’s Pyramids Valley, the Lord of Sipan’s Royal Tombs Museum which shelters that ruler’s funerary context, along with that of his Court, as well as Sicán’s National Museum.