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AFAR Explorer's Peru 2017

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The reason most come to Aguas Calientes, or maybe even Peru at all, is Machu Picchu. The world-renowned Incan site, perched high above town amid dramatic mountains, is one of the best ways to appreciate the Quechua people’s greatness, since...
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The easy way to get up to the entrance of the citadel at Machu Picchu is to take a bus. It's can be a pretty scary ride with all the hairpin turns. So instead, hike up There are cut-troughs will help. It won't take more than an hour, and it will...
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Cusco, Peru
Staying in a hotel in Cuzco, my wife and I got to examine the famed Inca stonework up close; one of the walls in our room was composed of the original Inca foundation--interlocking stones fit so precisely, without mortar, built with no metal...
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Cusco, Peru
The route to Machu Picchu has gotten smoother, thanks to two hotels outside Cuzco. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness resort is built on a 17th century hacienda and has one of Peru’s largest spas. Treatments feature coca leaves and camu...
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When I decided to go to Peru, I knew there would be plenty of handicrafts to capture my attention. I even packed a collapsible tote bag to lug my purchases back home. In Lima, I stayed at a hotel in Miraflores. On my first venture out into the...
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Antigua Panamericana Sur 31.5, Lurín LIMA 16, Peru
The hills and coast around Lima can seem almost lunar--the climate is arid, despite the 'garúa,' the low-lying but rain-less clouds that hang around this part of Perú for about half the year. But the desert is archaeologically rich. Lima itself is...
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Peru
The mighty Inca Trail! Everyone talks about doing it one day, and you hopefully you will. It is a four-day trek through the Andes mountains in Peru. You begin from colonial town of Cusco, where it is wise to spend a couple days to acclimate before...
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Every day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream...
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Before embarking on the Salkantay Trek with PureQuest Adventures and Lima Tours, get to know the city of Lima like a local with a Peruvian Market Tour. Enter a world of color, and discover fruits and vegetables that you've never seen before.
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
A city tour of Lima isn’t complete without visiting the catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco. The basement of the working monastery reveals the bones of wealthy Limeños who believed they would be the last to rest in their expensive plots....
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esquina con avenida El Rosario y, Av. Nicolas de Rivera 201, Distrito de San Isidro Lima 27, Peru
Explore the burial temple of the Hualla tribe, a pre-Incan group that inhabited Lima from the sixth to the 15th century. The name of the temple comes from the Quechua dialect and means “home of the Hualla tribe.” Though theoretically open 9 a.m....
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Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Beautiful monastery in central Lima. Catacombs underneath. Tours given in English daily throughout the church and catacombs.
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
The fountains at the Magical Circuit of Water are not up to the standards of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, but the choreographed jets of water, light, and music at the multiple fountains in the giant park are captivating. There are three...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
The Basilica Cathedral of Lima stands on the Plaza Mayor and its contruction started in 1535. It also hosts the remains of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador of Peru.
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Calle Comandante O Donovan 115 Miraflore, Lima LIMA 18, Peru
We spent a day on the beach in Miraflores, Peru. The tide is aggressive and the beach is composed of smooth, small-to-medium pebbles. So, when the water comes in, it pushes far into the shoreline. And when the water draws out, it makes an...
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Av. Simón Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre 15084, Peru
It’s worth the knuckle-clenching cab ride to the Museo Larco just to step out into the lush foliage of the tropical oasis. The museum itself is an 18th-century colonial building that became the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian art in...
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Av. Victor Andrés Belaúnde 160, San Isidro 15073, Peru
Built in the mid-twentieth century, the Basilica of the Virgen of Pilar is a colonial church funded by the Moreyra family of the nearby Hacienda Los Condes. Its main attraction, the eighteenth century carved wooden altarpiece, is designed in the...
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Jirón Camaná 170, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
This church and convent was built in the XVIth century by the Spaniards. Underneath lays a catacomb with remains of the first inhabitants of Lima.
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Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

Centuries-old catacombs decorated with human bones pepper the crypts at this Franciscan monastery dating to 1774. Decked out in impressive Spanish Baroque architecture, the canary-yellow church and monastery also house a remarkable library with...

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Barranco District, Peru
A former seaside village, the Barranco neighborhood has long been called Lima’s artistic and bohemian heart—and, these days, its hipster hub as well. Get a feel for the area just five minutes from the Belmond Miraflores Park with a private art...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Construction of the Cathedral of Lima, which is located at Plaza de Armas, started in 1535. Francisco Pizarro, the city’s founder, requested the architecture in neoclassical style inspired by the Seville Cathedral. The Cathedral has been damaged...
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Calle Miguel Dasso, San Isidro 15073, Peru
I was browsing the shops at Calle Miguel Dasso one time and was surprised to find in a hidden shop some of the most creative shoes in Lima. Jessic Butrich, a Peruvian designer, creates colorful shoes with a style that will remind you of the 50s....
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Travel back in time with a visit to the historic center of Lima, which boasts stellar examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Start at the central Plaza de Armas (also called the Plaza Mayor), site of the 17th-century baroque cathedral and the...