Arequipa Monastery Santa Catalina

Arequipa Monastery Santa Catalina

The city was founded on Aug. 15, 1540 by Garcí Manuel de Carbajal as 'Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción". It is the second most populous city in Peru. The Monastery of Santa Catalina is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order. It was built in 1579 and was enlarged in the 17th century.

Chivay

Chivay

Chivay is a town in the Colca valley in the Arequipa region. Located at about 3'600m above sea level, it lies upstream of the renowned Colca Canyon. It has a central town square and an active market.

Colca

Colca

Colca Canyon is about 160kms NW of Arequipa. With a depth of 4'160 m, it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley where local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.

Cruz del Condor

Cruz del Condor

The Colca canyon is home to the Andean Condor, a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts. The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls. 'Cruz del Condor' is a popular tourist stop to view the condors. At this point the canyon floor is 1'200 m below the rim of the canyon.

Cusco and surroundings

Cusco and surroundings

Coricancha (most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God), Tambomachay (consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls), Puka-Pukara, Sacsayhuaman (walled complex on the northern of Cusco), City.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Titicaca is a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. By volume of water, it is the largest lake in South America. It is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3'812m.

Lima

Lima

Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Lima Museum

Lima Museum

The National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru is the largest and oldest museum in Peru, located on Plaza Bolívar in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima. The museum houses more than 100,000 artifacts spanning the entire history of human occupation in what is now Peru.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located 2'430m above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. Archaeologists believe that it was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472).

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is located 60kms NW of Cusco at an altitude of 2'792m. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance.

Pisac

Pisac

Písac is a village in the Sacred Valley. It is situated at the Willkanuta River. The village is well known for its market which attracts heavy tourist traffic from nearby Cusco.

Pukara LaRaya Raqchi

Pukara LaRaya Raqchi

Raqch'i is an Inca archaeological siteu located in the Cusco Region, it is 3'480 meters above sea level and 110kms from Cuzco. It also known as the Temple of Wiracocha.

Taquile

Taquile

Taquile is an island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. About 2,200 people live on the island (about 5.70 km2). The highest point of the island is 4'050m above sea level and the main village is at 3'950m.

Yanke

Yanke

Andean village