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What are some places of interest in Peru?

Updated on September 27, 2009

Peru is located in Western South America . Peru was conquered by the Spanish Empire in the 16th Century. Before the take over by the Spanish Peru was home to the Norte Chico Civilization and the Inca Empire. Over the years Peru has become a wonderful place to vacation. Hope you enjoy the places of interest in Peru.

what are some places of interest in Peru

What are places of interest in Peru

Nazca

Nazca Is a system of Valleys on the Southern coast of Peru. The people that occupied these Valley, which was said to be the Nazca Culture, are responsible for what they call the Nazca Lines. The Nazca Culture made lines that could include Spiders,monkeys,fish,llamas,sharks and lizards with a tool. These are quite the things to see and people come from all over to see the wonderful artwork of the Nazca Culture. Why these were made no one is sure but it has been said that they were religious and their gods could see their work.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is said to be the world's highest navigable Lake. It sits 3,812m above sea level making Lake Titicaca the highest lake in the world. It's location is between Bolivia and Peru. Titicaca has 42 or so what they call artificial Islands and are made of floating reeds. Their major purpose was for defence because they could move them. Now they have become a major tourist site.

Arequipa

Arequipa is in the Andes Mountains and has an altitude of 2,380m above the sea level. Arequipa has a population of around 800,000. The buildings in Arequipa are built with a pearly white volcano rock. This is due to Arequipa being overseen by the snow capped volcano. Some of the sites to see well in Arequipa are the Colca Cayon,the 16th Century Santa Cataline Monastery,Casade Moral Goyeneche Palace and the Districts of Yanahuara.

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is said to be about 45km and usually takes about 4 days to reach Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail has over 250 species of orchid and is well know for the wonderful mountain scenery,the amazing mix of Inca ruins and the cloud forest as well as the subtropical jungle. Well on the Inca Trail you will reach altitudes of 4200m, most fit people have no problem on the trail. Along the trail you can visit the following places. City of Tusco, Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko, Pucapucata and Tambomachay. Oh yes don't forget the Socared Valley Of the Incas,the town of Pisca and the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu's meaning is old mountain. Machu Picchu is situated on a Mountain ridge,and is 2,400 meters above sea level. Machu is above the Urubamba Valley, located in Peru. Machu Picchu is referred to the Lost City of the Inca's. It has been said that was built by the Incas in or around the year 1450. It ended up abandoned a hundred years later due to the Spanish Empire. The Machu Picchu was built with polished dry stone walls and the main buildings are the Intihuatana. Other building are The Temple of the Sun,and the Room of three Windows. Machu Picchu was said to be a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and 1983 a UNESEO World Heritage Site.

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