Peru is synonymous with Machu Picchu, the architectural culmination of one of the most fascinating civilizations that flourished in South America upon the arrival of European culture: the Incas.
The fourth-largest nation on the continent, Peru is packed with indigenous villages clinging to high mountain slopes, with their terraced land producing enormous varieties of potatoes and other seldom seen tubers and legumes, their trusty llamas and alpacas granting them food and wool, that latter transformed into radiant shawls, ponchos and tapestries available for the handcraft connoisseur. Cusco is the centerpiece or “navel” of this empire that spanned over half of the Andes Mountains and down into the Pacific and the beginnings of the Amazon basin. Hiram Bingham’s “rediscovery” of Machu Picchu in 1911 contributed to putting Peru on the contemporary tourist map, clear through 1970, when the Simon & Garfunkel duo added English lyrics to a traditional 1913 Peruvian song titled “El Condor Pasa”, that gave birth to their “If I Could” hit in their album “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, with wide international fame. Wait until you see Cusco, today, where time seems to have stopped and “frozen” scenes and lifestyles dating back hundreds of years, or the unbelievable “floating islands” of the present-day Uros on Titicaca Lake. Also, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the famed Inca Trail and the Salkantay Trek feature breathtaking landscapes and amazing Incan sites. But there is more, much more, that is in safe-keep only for our discriminating explorers to discover for themselves. We invite you to be one of them!