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It’s also called the handicrafts capital due to the variety of crafts found there, such as colourful hand-made retablos (or altar pieces) which are full of tiny carved figures, beautiful alabaster carvings, lovely articles of leather and even animal horns with carvings of pastoral scenes on them. Folk music and dancing are also popular, particularly the famous Scissors Dance.
Cajamarca, capital of the Cajamarca region, is the most important city in Peru’s northern highlands. It was an administrative centre of the Incas and also a great relaxation centre for the sovereign, actually called Inca. Follow this link for details of the last Inca, Atahualpa, and how the Spanish conquistadores tricked him out of his wealthy empire.
To the north is an immense glacier, Mount Huarascarán, 22,204 ft. above sea level.( Mt Everest is 29,198ft), and there are also another 30 mountains that rise above 19,000ft. Below them is the picturesque Huaylas Valley, with charming little Andean villages within easy trekking distance of each other.
Cusco the Imperial Capital of the Incas, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas and is one of the wonders of the world you must visit. Cusco is a spectacular destination where the imprints of the Incas and the influence of colonial Spain are found on every street corner and interwoven through the city’s architecture. Its name “Cusco” or Cuzco” means in Quechua “centre of the world, from when it was the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo empire, as the Inca empire was known.
Iquitos is where your Amazon adventure begins. You will normally arrive at the airport in the early evening and be transported to your hotel, giving you time to explore. Below, you will find some information of general interest, while we provide more on our Iquitos attractions and travel information pages.
Enveloped in a magical silence 74 miles northwest of Cusco on the slopes above the Urubamba River, in the middle of a cloud forest, lies one of the most beautiful archaeological sies on the planet. Some also consider it to be a mystical place that exudes vital energy. Machu Picchu is remarkable for its solid construction, its well balanced use of space and the harmony of its design with its natural surroundings.
Arequipa is located at a height of 2325 meters in the Desert Mountains of the Andes. This beautiful city is practically totally built out of sillar, a kind of white volcanic stone. This is why Arequipa is called the white city. With its one million inhabitants, Arequipa is the second biggest city of Peru.
The city of Ica is located in the central South of the Peruvian coast 306 km to the south of Lima, and is the capital of the department of Ica, its climate is warm and dry with an average temperature in summer of 78 degrees Fahrenheit and winter of 68 degrees Fahrenheit with a maximum temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit and a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Located on the coastal oasis of Lambayeque formerly inhabited by the Mochicas and Chimus, Chiclayo is the crossing point from a series of communication roads between Northern coastal towns, the Amazon and the highlands, supporting intense commercial traffic.
Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to Manu National Reserve and to Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, is the Capital of the Department of Madre de Dios is located southeast of Peru its 230 Mts. above sea level, it has a tropical climate warm and humid. With a rainy season between December and March, therefore, it is better to visit it April through November.
It was founded in 1534, its atmosphere stems from its fine colonial mansions and old churches, its gentle and warm climate, the affability and open caustic spirit of its people, and its cuisine. The nearby ruins (Chan-Chan) make it an ideal place to admire the development reached by pre-Inca civilizations, from which the famous Mochica picture-pottery and Chimu goldsmithery come. It is the most important center of cultural activity in North Peru.
Tumbes is located in the northwestern area of the country, its boundary is with the Republic of Ecuador, where the desert area ends and the Tumbes delta opens and is the only navigable river in the Peruvian coast. Due to its proximity to the Ecuador its the warmest and rainiest area and has fertile land where they grow cotton, rice, fruit and tobacco.