Travel Portion

Lima
Founded by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1538, the Ciudad de los Reyes (city of Kings), is the capital of Peru and second largest populous city in the Americas.  Being the official home of the viceroy during the 16th century transformed Lima into the main political and administrative center of South America. During such period, significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies were built. Even though times have changed, the historic center which is recognized as a World Heritage Site, has remain almost the same giving the city a distinctive colonial and magical feel. In the north is the city of Caral, the oldest civilization of America, and to the south is the Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac. Lima's history predates the colonial presence in the country.

Located on the west central coast of Peru, Lima offers various museums with great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches, the boardwalk, valleys, natural reserves, the nightlife, the thrill of adventure sports, and the exquisite cuisine gives Peru’s capital an authentic personality and makes tourism in Lima a unique experience in the country.

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The city located on the southern Coast of Peru was founded in 1563 and is home of pre-Columbian ancient cultures such as the Paracas and the Nazca. The city, which is in the border of the Atacama desert is known for its beaches, famous Pisco and fine wine, as well as the ballestas Islands and the famous Paracas Natural Reserve which houses a various flora and fauna. In addition, the region of Ica is home of Afro-Peruvian music (negroide) and of a magnificent oasis called “Huacachina” where you can have a relaxing afternoon surrounded by dunes.  
 
Otuzco
Otuzco is located in the province of “La Libertad” just two hours away from Trujillo at 8,665 ft above sea level. Otuzco is a picturesque city in the highlands of la Libertad that unlike Cuzco, which is been transformed into a commercial tourist destination, remains relatively traditional with people still going about their daily lives as they have for generations. It is surrounded by a beautiful Andean landscape, which features the Tupullo Gorge, the Pollo River, and La Ermita mountain. Otuzco is much visited by religious pilgrims who come to pray to the Virgin de la Puerta (Virgin of the Gate), patron saint of the city.

The primary charm of Otuzco lies in the traditional lifestyles and customs of the people; people are dressed in their colorful traditional clothing, selling their wares in the streets and markets, coaxing their donkeys along the roads and trails in a town where most buildings have not changed for centuries. Otuzco is surrounded by the spectacular mountains and gorges of Peru.

Cajamarca
Cajamarca is a city located in the central Andean part of Peru. Historians state that this magical city was where the conquest of Peru began; more specifically, this is where Francisco Pizarro ambushed Inca ruler, Atahualpa, in the Batalla de Cajamarca held on Novermber 16,1532.

The scene of the final days of the Inca Empire, Cajamarca offers its noble Andean heart of sensual landscapes, home to Peru's best cattle and a remarkable dairy production. It boasts magnificent colonial architecture like the Cathedral and the churches of San Francisco, Belén and Recoleta. This is a land of history with places like the Baños del Inca (Inca Baths), the Ventanillas de Otuzco and Cumbemayo.  It's a bucolic nature destination like the La Colpa Estate and Porcón Farm. A colorful region that every year, in February and March, is dominated by carnivals.
 
The capital of the Inca Empire located in the southern Andean highlands of the country at 11, 100 feet above sea level. Cusco’s history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons can be seen in Choquequirao, Saysayhuamán, Kenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Peruvians in an ecological environment. Captivating landscapes such as the Sacred Valley, where the mountains are clothed by terraces. Pictures villages where the past forms part of the present. Cusco for locals and many is really the birthplace of the world.