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The Nazca Lines are an exceptional collection of geoglyphs in the southern desert of Peru. There are about 300 figures among them including geometric shapes, animal like figures, straight continuous lines, humans and plants. The exceptionality of these geoglyphs rest in the fact that they can only be seen from the air.

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Inca Civilization

The Inca civilization was the largest Pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas and Cusco was its capital. The best kept example of its architecture is Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu

The Sacred City is one of the most significant archeological sites left by the Incas


Fascinating culture and Inca heritage of this beautiful country

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It occupies an important place in Inca mythology.

Animals of Peru

Animals in Peru have specialized and adapted to the conditions of its geography. At higher altitude levels, few animals and plants can survive because of the lack of oxygen.

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Peru’s UNESCO Heritage Sites

Manu National Park

The following is a list of Peru’s UNESCO Heritage Sites:
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Historic Center of Lima
City of Cuzco
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Chavin Archaeological Site
Historic Center of the City of Arequipa
Lines and Geogliphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumales
QhapaqÑan Andean Road System
Sacred City of Caral-Supe
Huascaran National Park
Manu National Park
Rio Abiseo National Park

Hotels in Cusco

Hospedaje turistico  San Blas

Cusco has a wide range of accommodation from where to choose, from the luxurious hotels to the small hostel and B&B. In general service is good and local people eager …

Inca Trail

Inca trail 2

The Inca Empire built an advanced network of roads that crisscrossed the empire and connected each of the four corners of the Tawantinsuyu. It stretched from Quito, Ecuador in the …

Inca Architecture

Coricancha and Santo Domingo

It is commonly questioned as to how the were able to develop such an exquisite architecture without the use of the wheel and modern tools. Their buildings have withstood …

Machu Picchu Architecture

Machu Picchu View

Inca architecture is most known for its polygonal stones used in many religious buildings. One stone found in a temple wall in Machu Picchu is estimated to have at least 33 corners. Machu Picchu has about 200 buildings that are considered architectural wonders. These buildings were made of individually shaped pieces of carved gray granite stone that fitted perfectly together.

Machu Picchu History and Discovery

Agricultural terraces in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was built around AD1460 by Inca Pachacuti.The Spaniards never found Machu Picchu, so unlike other cities in the Inca Civilization, it was never destroyed or changed. In 1911 Hiram Bingham, an American explorer, accidentally discovered Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”.

Facts about Cusco

Woman and llama walk past Spanish homes built on top of Incan walls

The is the capital of the department of Cusco and is located in the valley of the Huatanay River in the south east at an altitude of 3,350 …

Peru Travel – Altitude sickness or soroche

Hojas de coca

If you are a flatlander and are traveling to the you need to be aware of altitude sickness or soroche. At high elevations the pressure of oxygen diminishes so …

Peru Weather – Cusco

Cusco climate

Monthly mean minimum and maximum temperatures and mean total rainfall in mm for the city of Cusco.

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The fall of the Inca Empire

Conquest of the Inca, 1531-1533

From around 1200 when the first Inca, Manco Capac, settled in Cusco, until 1533 when the last Inca, Atahualpa, was executed; the Inca civilization had grown from a group of …