Information about Touristic Destinations
From the Imperial City of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Nazca Lines and the Lost City of Machu Picchu, Peru abounds in mysterious pre-Inca and Inca archeological wonders; not to mention its colorful folklore and a cuisine gaining international renown, both forged through the converging indigenous, Spanish, African, and Asian influences. Fortify yourself with a Pisco Sour or Coca Tea and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime…
Along Peru´s coastal desert strip you´ll find the oldest city in the Americas, and near the stunning White City of Arequipa, lying at the foot of its sacred volcanoes, you´ll the world´s deepest canyons, Cotahuasi Canyon and Colca Canyon, where you can watch the circling Andean condors, the largest birds of flight in the world. Continuing into the glacial peaks and fertile valleys of the mountainous Andes, you´ll be surprised to discover that it´s home to the most microclimates in Peru, including the cloud forest and high jungle regions along which passes the Inca Trail. Here you´ll also find the world´s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca and be dazzled by the Floating Islands of Uros. From there, journey to the pristine Amazon and observe the traditional way of life of some of its tribes, marvel at the mighty Amazon River, which carries more water than any other river in the world and is home not only to the world´s largest freshwater fish, the massive Arapaima, and the biggest snake, the Anaconda, but also to the infamously voracious piranha.
The official name of the central South American country of Bolivia is the “Plurinational State of Bolivia”, a nod to its multiethnic population of about 10 million people of Amerindian, Mestizo, European, and African descent. The main language is Spanish, although Aymara and Quechua are prevalent as well, along with other indigenous languages. This cultural heterogeneity has given birth to rich folkloric traditions in art, literature, music, and cuisine.
The country boasts tropical rainforest as well as snowy Andean peaks. Many visitors enjoy trekking among the high Andean plains and peaks to admire the rare and elegant vicuña and the world’s largest bird of flight, the endangered Andean Condor. The Amazon jungle and marsh region are also popular for their wealth of tropical birds and other animals. Important archeological ruins, especially Tiwanaku near the southwestern coast of Lake Titicaca, are also a major draw, as our unique geological marvels such as the world’s largest salt desert, the Uyuni Salt Flats.