Peruvian territory was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic upswing. Maybe, you have seen many times perfect landscapes of South America, but not everyone has ever had a chance to visit this wonderful country. When dreaming about visiting South America, a lot of destinations can strike you, however, Peru is one of the most remarkable and picturesque places that South America offers.
Flying over Chile ( full gallops in Calama – a city and commune in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile)
Reaching Cusco. That’s the capital of the non-existent monk Empire. This city is located at height about 3 thousand meters. If you happen to land here, the boarding will lead you to a nervous break-down…
The city itself is rather nice, but sometimes people can feel a kind of disease and the symptoms of mountain sickness. However, some people don’t feel anything.
Peru standard of living is not really high, but there are good news for everyone, as this fact helps travellers to save money. For example, you can take a taxi for $2 if you need to go to the center from Cusco Airport. If you spend a night at a plain hotel, it will cost you $20.
The country is not really overwhelmed by globalization, that’s why national customs can be easily found outside the capital. Here you can buy fresh fruits, various souvenirs, alpaca wool items for little money.
Aguas Calientes is also a picturesque place which is worth visiting. It is the colloquial name for Machupicchu Pueblo, a town in Peru on the Urubamba (Vilcanota) River. Aguas Calientes serves as a terminal for the PeruRail passenger train service from Cusco. Trains serve locals and tourists arriving from Cusco and Ollantaytambo to visit Machu Picchu.
The train usually looks like this one.
Aguas Calientes is a small semitourist settlement. It is really small and it is shown on the map only because it is located near Cusco.
That’s the central square. The statue of Pachacutec, a monk governor, is standing in the center.
Here you can try traditional cuisine, llama meat, for instance.
In Peru there are three popular drinks – Pisco Sour, which are a mix of local vodka and soda, Inca Cola – a regular soda and coca leaves tea (in the picture) Mate de Coca that helps to cope with mountain sickness.
This is a closer look at constructions.
A walk in the park leaves remarkable and unforgettable feelings. The places are wonderful.
There you can see llamas, you can even come closer to them, if you wish.
You can climb the mountain and enjoy the view.
The flora is great here.
The lanscape doesn’t give a chance to forget, that you are in South America.
In the early morning th place is covered with thick fog, but approximately at 11 a.m. the fog is dissipated.
When you leave Aguas Calientes through Cusco, you can head to Lima and watch Peru. Spend some hours at Miraflores. It is a modern tourist region which has nothing is common with Peru. But walking here is a real pleasure.
Here you can enjoy Pacific Ocean views .