Enjoy a selection of our Peru articles written by our award-winning travel director.
MACHU PICCHU DISCOVERY
Machu Picchu is a true architectural gem. The beauty and mystery of its stone palaces is enhanced by the magnificent, almost virgin and abrupt geography colored green by exhuberant jungle flora.
The constructions were built harmoniously on the narrow and uneven surface of a cliff surrounded by the precipices of the imposing Urubamba Canyon, where 400 meters below, the river roars and meanders.
Machu Picchu is located at...
WHERE IS MACHU PICCHU LOCATED?
Located at 120 kms to the northwest of Cusco on the valley of the Urubamba River (name given to the Vilcanota River in this area), within the mountains of Vilcabamba, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu constitutes one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, and Peru's main tourist destination. Few things made by humans maintain such harmony with its natural surroundings and adjacent archaeological groups.
MACHU PICCHU FACTS
Established in 1981 in more than 35 thousand hectares, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary is much more that a group of archaeological sites nestled in the abrupt cloud forest. Its strategic location on the eastern slope of the Andes and on both banks of the Urubamba River -which runs with a northwest direction in this section-, allows this singular protected area to cover what could be considered as one of the most extraordinaire altitude trails in...
A MYSTERIOUSLY PERSISTENT PRE-COLUMBIAN UTOPIA
BY NICHOLAS ASHESHOVThe ultimate Lost City, El Dorado, is the most engaging harmless and enduring of Western myths, and Peru has been producing and continues to produce an inexhaustible supply of fact and fancy, unchallengeably the world's finest to keep the myth alive and its followers, machetes flailing on the trail.
No one has got rich by finding a lost city but there's a dream hidden there in the...
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