The Nazca lines are located to the south of Lima and consist of about three hundred drawings, straight lines, and motifs, carved into the ground, including the figures of a monkey, bird, llama and lizard. These can be seen from a small plane. Since their discovery in the 1930s they have turned out to be one of the most impressive and puzzling finds in ancient Peru. It is still not exactly clear what the lines mean, but they seem to have some astronomical purpose. If you’re into history and culture, this area is not to missed.
The colonial town of Arequipa in the south of the country is located at the foot of the majestic Misti volcano, surrounded by high deserts, thermal hot springs, salt lakes and the world's deepest canyons. Built from white volcanic rock, the city houses old colonial churches, atmospheric squares and the beautiful Santa Catalina monastery with its colorful alleys and patios. A visit to the museum of the famous ice mummy Juanita, sacrificed to the mountain gods by the Incas at the time, is a must. The mountainous backdrop from in the city is also beautiful.
The route to the Colca Canyon is spectacular and a trek here will definitely be one of the highlights of your trip in Peru. It is the second deepest canyon in the world, making it even deeper than the Grand Canyon in the US. You’ll see snowy volcanoes, high mountain passes and beautiful vistas. When walking here shepherds with herds of llamas and alpacas will pass you by. Small and hospitable villages of native people are scattered throughout this area. Their colorful dresses and ways of life are fascinating to learn about. And if you’re lucky you’ll catch glimpses of the enormous condors that soar over these gorges.
The city of Cuzco, one of the most beautiful cities in South America, is definitely worth a visit during your trip to Peru. In the city center, Spanish colonial mansions, monasteries and baroque churches are built on top of foundations of Inca ruins. You will be amazed when you stroll through the streets and alleyways of this beautiful city. Its bustling heart is formed by the impressive Plaza de Armas and the atmosphere is authentic. Most trips to Machu Picchu begin in Cuzco, but there are also a number of impressive Inca sites in the vicinity that are worth a visit.
Peruvian cuisine is becoming more and more popular these days. It is a varied kitchen influenced by different traditional foods. In addition to many street food and simple restaurants, you can go trendy culinary in many places. There is also no shortage of top-class restaurants in Lima and Cuzco. Peru has a rich, varied cuisine that encompasses meat, fresh fish, various types of potato, all kinds of varieties of corn, quinoa and many distinctive fruits. One very famous dish is the Peruvian ceviche, which is raw fish cooked in lime, red pepper and onion. But also typical for Peru is eating llama meat and, for the more adventurous,