11 August 2017, 4:12 PM
Before so many travelers decided to escape to Peru, you may have heard of the ancient allure of Machu Picchu or seen pictures of the medieval Inca civilization that was discovered in 1911. In fact, Machu Picchu was voted one of the seven new wonders of the world!
Explore the ‘Lost City of the Incas’!
To fully enjoy a tour of Machu Picchu more, you may wish to buy Hiram Bingham's original book ‘Lost City of the Incas’ and read it before or on the plane to Peru. You will be amazed at how the Inca’s lived here in the 1400 and 1500s. Tour the remains of their residential homes and gaze out at the spectacular views from this mountain top, almost 8,000 feet above sea level!
Visit Peru’s beautiful capital city.
Most of our vacations to Peru fly into the capital Lima which is situated on the Pacific coast. As you walk through this city, admire the magnificent colonial Spanish architecture and enjoy very reasonable prices on local artisan crafts, clothing, and artworks. Be sure to choose a woven tapestry or blanket for your sofa, painted pottery to display in your home and crafted jewelry to add some bling to your next social outing! The local crafts are spectacular.
Discover these ancient ruins.
If time is on your side, a tour of the ancient ruins of Cusco, which connects to Machu Picchu, is a must. Enjoy time with Peruvian locals on an excursion to Uros & the Island of Taquile where men, who start at eight years of age, hand weave clothing and textiles. It’s no surprise that woven products from Taquile are renowned as the finest quality in all of Peru!
Following your incredible experience traveling to Machu Picchu, the wide open mountainous plains of Ecuador will contrast the steep thick forest terrain of Peru. Combining your travels to Peru with a stop over in Ecuador to visit National Parks to see the large volcanoes and majestic beauty of the Andes Mountains is a perfect combination. If you have more time, Colombia is also a fantastic option with flights between these countries being less than 3 hours.