Peru is divided into three regions: the coastal desert, extending
the length of the country; the upper Andes mountain range; and the jungle.
Peru Travel and
Tourist Information with links to official
travel and tourism websites and state
resources for visitors to Peru.
Learning Spanish in Peru,
Map of Peru,
Peru Travelogues, The Incas.
Countries neighbouring Peru are:
Weather in South America:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Latin America.
The Incas were the great civilisation of the area, until they
suffered at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors between 1532 and 1535.
The Spaniards then went on to found the city of Lima. Lucky for us,
they never found Machu Pichu.
Much of the Inca stonework can also be found in the foundations of
As the population is still about 45% Native American, traditional
Huayno music is very popular; especially in the Andean region.
Ever since Pizarro tricked the Inca, Atahualpa, into capture, slaughtered him, and looted
the City of Cuzco, this Andean country has become
synonymous with robbery.
Searching for Inca Secrets proves that National Geographic are a force in the Internet
Machu Picchu Guides:
Take a companion with you on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Lake Titicaca, in south-eastern Peru, is the largest lake in South
America and the highest navigable lake in the world.
The Uros Indians have built villages on the reeds, although the visit
has become a little touristy. There is even a church, and an excellent lookout tower.
An excellent resource on Peru, in five languages. Thousands of pages and photographs
covering all the main tourist destinations in Peru as well as tour suggestions and plenty
of interesting articles.
A comprehensive introduction indeed, from Interknowledge.
Manu Wildlife Center:
Located in the remote and wild Manu Wilderness of south-eastern Peru. Amidst spectacular
forest and incredible scenery, the density and diversity of animal and plant species reach
a peak in the extreme western Amazon, near the foot of the Andes.
International Tourist Youth Hostel located in Miraflores, offering shared family and
private rooms all private bathroom. Hall TV, swimming pool and dining rooms.
Circuit of the Huaywash:
Judith Kunst's creatively presented travelogue with photos from a classic trek in the
Peruvian Andes. Check out the animated GIF on the
Hiking Links page too.
Comprehensive travel guide to places of interest in Peru.
International arrival and departures on any airline.
The Peru Guide:
An entertainment guide-magazine that provides information and insights about current
events, bars, restaurants, shops, and accommodation facilities for Lima and Cusco.
Rafting Down the
Amazon: (March 1997)
Charles Brennick buys a raft in Pucallpa for $2 then sets about refurbishing it and
getting permission to float down the Ucayali.
The Ice Maiden:
The Mountain Institute bring to the surface an important scientific discovery. We won't
spoil the plot, go and take a look for yourselves.
Ice Mummies of
Another excellent production from PBS.
Spanish is the main language of Peru, with the native language of
Quechua being recognised as an official language in 1975.
The Spaniards may have brought their language and religion to Peru,
but they couldn't take away the culture of the Indians.
While many travellers choose Antigua, in
to learn Spanish, Cusco is a great place
Programs are generally four hours a day, so there's plenty of time to
explore the sights and make it out to Macchu Pichu.
Staying with a family is a great way to continue your Spanish learning
in a homely atmosphere.
Located in a charming Peruvian courtyard building about five minutes on foot from the
Plaza de Armas. Uses the Natural Approach.
Immersion program, located in the centre of Cusco. This is a partner school of the
Salamanca-based firm, in Spain. Promotional offices in London, Bordeaux and Rotterdam for
Europeans to talk to the Don Quijote staff.
Cusco Travel Tips
High tourist season in Cusco runs from the last weeks of May to
September. The peak is in June, especially at the end of the month; during the Inti Raymi
festival. The last week of July is also a crowded period, due to the Fiestas Patrias
celebrations (Peru's Independence Day). If you plan to visit Cusco during these 2 months,
you should make your hotel reservations as far in advance as possible.
Many hotels in Cusco can be found around the Plaza de Armas (the main
square) and in the San Blas quarter, where most of the city's cultural and entertainment
activity takes place.
The main square itself holds the largest share of Cusco's bars and
clubs, and can be very noisy and annoying if you are looking for a good night's sleep. In
other words, you may want to move a block or two outside of the Plaza.
San Blas, the bohemian district, is at walking distance from the
centre, though uphill (or downhill). It could be a problem, in particular at 3,400 metres
(11,000 feet) above sea level. However, once there you can enjoy some of the best views of
the red-tiled roofs of the old Inca capital.
By The Peru Guide.
Accommodation in Cusco
Los Andes de America: Calle Garrilaso 236.
A unique combination of modern hotel infrastructure and colonial architecture located in
the heart of the city of Cuzco; just two blocks away from the main square, Plaza de Armas.
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