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Peru, a magical millennial country, with a diversity and wealth that are rare in the world, and offers visitors infinite alternatives and the possibility of living a unique experience: History, culture, nature, adventure and much more in one single destination.

Peru is located in South America, with an area of 1,285,215 km2, one the 20 largest countries on the planet. It also has 200 marine miles and territorial rights over a surface of 60 million hectares in Antarctica. It has a population of over 27 million, and an urban population of 72.3%.

Peru is traditionally divided into three regions: The Coast, the Mountains and the Jungle. Although this simple division is a fair portrait of Peru’s geography, the reality is much richer and far more complex: in Peru, nature appears to have taken on particular characteristics which have turned its mountains, plains, jungles and valleys into unique habitats. An extraordinary variety of eco-systems shelters a wide diversity of animals and plants. Due to its amazing climate diversity and ecosystems, Peru belongs to the select group of eight megadiverse countries, where it is possible to find 84 of the 104 life zones that exist on our planet, making it a privileged country for nature lovers.

In the last 7 years, Peru has been considered the country with the largest economic growth in Latin America, in addition to possessing great natural resources. This country is rich in minerals –the second largest producer of silver, the fifth producer of gold and the sixth producer of copper– as well as an important source of zinc and lead. Peru is also a source of natural gas and oil. Other important industries include fishing, aquiculture and agriculture. The official currency is the Nuevo Sol, which is equivalent to 2.80 soles to the American dollar. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

 
 
About Lima
 

The city of Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18th, 1535, was considered for almost three centuries the vice regal capital of South America and the most important city in the American continent. Today it has more than 8 million inhabitants and receives immigrants from all over the world, which has made it a city of mixed races par excellence. In the historical center, declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO, one can see splendid examples of colonial architecture such as the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the Convent of San Francisco, as well as beautiful balconies carved in wood. The historical center is also known as "Pizarro's Chess Board," because of the distribution of its streets in the pattern of a chess board.

Lima is also an inexhaustible source of culture, as proven by the great number and variety of museums, such as the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History and the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, which displays Inca and Pre-Inca treasures of incalculable value.

Located in the middle of the city there are impressive archaeological monuments such as Huaca Huallamarca or Huaca Pucllana; and on the outskirts of Lima, facing the sea is Pachacamac, the most important Pre-Inca coastal sanctuary, which was constructed in the third century A.D. Another important attraction of the city are its lovely beaches, where you may practice water sports, enjoy the sun, or simply observe the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Lima is also known as the gastronomic capital of South America and is considered one of the best gastronomies in the world, thanks to the tradition of its cuisine, which inherited Pre-Hispanic and Colonial culinary excellence, as well as contributions from the best Western and Asian cuisines.

 
About Cusco
 

The city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, is located in the South Eastern area of the Andes. It has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO, and it is undoubtedly one of the most important tourist destinations in the country. Along its paved streets, we find Inca constructions such as Koricancha and the Palace of Inca Roca, as well as colonial constructions in an Andean baroque style, such as the Cathedral and the Company of Jesus Church; furthermore, you can visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas, where the workshops of the best craftsmen in the district are. This magical city offers an exciting night life, with cafés, restaurants and bars for all tastes.

Ten minutes from the city are the gigantic walls of the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. A few kilometers further on, are the archaeological sites of Qenko, Pukapukara and Tambomachay, Inca constructions made only of stone.

Along the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour from Cusco, lie the towns of Pisac, Maras, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo, from where it is possible to take the train to Machu Picchu. Another way to get to this citadel is by following one of the paths of the Inca Trail, a spectacular network of tracks that wind across snow-capped mountains, rivers, and awesome landscapes. This one is one of the best trekking routes in the world, strewn with impressive archaeological sites and areas rich in unique species of flora and fauna.

The enigmatic complex of Machu Picchu, the most important and beautiful legacy of the ancient Peruvians, is part of the Historical Sanctuary of the same name, which is one of the few places in America that has been declared Patrimony –both Cultural and Natural– of Humanity by UNESCO. It is located on the summit of a mountain and harmonizes with the exuberant nature around it, creating a unique place in the world. It is considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, today.

 
 
 

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