Peru, did you say Peru? What do you think about when you hear about this country? Machu Picchu, Inca, condor, lama, Tintin, Cuzco, alpaca ponchos, pan flute? Peru is all that but it’s so much more
Peru is steeped in a history and culture that goes back thousands of years. The imagination is inflamed as soon as one speaks about it: the mythical Incas and their mountains of gold, their fascinating civilization, the lost cities, the sacred valley. Peru drives you crazy!
Aillin Punchao, mi nombre es Christine, soy francesa, un placer conocerte. Hi Peru!
Peru has a strong culture, rooted and alive
It is undoubtedly the powerful geography of the country that gives off this strength. The valleys and mountains in which one must walk to truly understand the country commands great respect. It is there that we can meet the inhabitants, shy but very benevolent.
Less known, less emblematic, in Peru there are places that are worth the detour. Walking in the Colca canyon, trying to unravel the mystery of the Nazca lines, discovering Arequipa the Magnificent. The seaside of Pacaras and its ornithological reserve, populated by innumerable seal colonies and birds.
In Peru, the mountains are as powerful as the Himalayas of Nepal
All the mountains of Peru are worth exploring. They are majestic and of great purity. The light pollution is low so the starry nights will certainly be the most beautiful of your life.
The Cordillera Blanca, the stunning Altiplano and the Andes Cordillera open out their arms to you. The largest canyon in the world too, the Colca and impressive mountains populated by llamas and gracious vicuñas awaits the traveller.
Peru has so much to offer that it would be unfortunate to get there only by following a well-marked route. A visit to one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites can also be made on foot: via the Salkantay or the Inca Trail.
Peru rhymes with Machu Picchu
The mythical Machu Picchu is a tourist mecca, that’s not why you have to miss it. It’s a major heritage of Peru… and of the world
The site is invaded by mass tourism, the selfies addicts are having a great time there and the treks of the Inca and Salkantay are always full.
If sometimes the most famous destinations disappoint us deeply, the sacred city of Machu Picchu is a real marvel.
In spite of the hordes of tourists, the smartphone sticks, to see the sunrise on this enclave, when the mist rises in the naked, exhale to reveal the contours of these millennial walls is a great emotion.
Perched at an altitude of 2400 meters, the majesty of the Peruvian ruins will nail you there, with no desire to move a toe
Just breathe calmly after the exhausting climb, catch your breath and watch… You almost have to struggle not to shout out your surprise and joy. Machu Picchu is even better than the one you dream of.
If you have chosen the Inca trail or the Salkantay to come in the city, the effort will make the view even more intense. The path requires energy. It is a good thing because you must visit this site with the greatest humility.
The arrival by the big gate does not sound the end of the adventure if you are determined to climb the Huayna Picchu, the mountain opposite. With a little more effort, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view.
Peru rhymes especially with Ya-hoo!
Peru is beautiful without doing it on purpose. A herd of sweet llamas, a condor with a heavy flight, hidden oases. stone citadels, colourful markets, churches where the saints suffer martyrdom more than anywhere else. The sky so full of stars that you think you can pick them out by reaching out your hand, the imposing, majestic valleys. This land is grandiose, full of colours, of extreme feelings.
In Peru, the inhabitants are still attached to their traditions: it is their treasure
The Peruvian women and their ample dresses, a tiny hat placed on the long and heavy braids, the children in the back, wrapped in these beautiful and very typical multicoloured fabrics. These descriptions sound like clichés? Maybe, but they are very real in the streets of Cuzco or elsewhere. Cultures are alive, they are part of the picture. This country is beautiful, big, rich in colors and ancestral traditions.
Peruvians are resisting and still keep their identity, their beliefs, their way of life. The fight is unequal but they have arguments, intelligence and are guardians of millenarian knowledge that they are eager to share. I hope that this will continue for a long time to come.
Kute Munai Kikana, Anay !
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