Peru's cultural landscape is a tapestry of ancient civilizations, colonial history, indigenous traditions, contemporary arts, and culinary excellence. The preservation and celebration of its rich heritage and ongoing cultural expressions make Peru a captivating destination for cultural exploration.
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Cities & Towns in Peru
Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco developed into a complex Incan urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.
Ollantaytambo is a town and archaeological site located at the northern edge of the Sacred Valley. A military, religious and agricultural center, it was a stronghold for the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest of Peru and is the only Inca town still inhabited.
Maras is a small town in the Cusco Region of Peru. Salineras de Maras, which date to pre-Incan times, are salt-evaporation ponds in the form of stepped terraces down a canyon that descends to the Rio Vilcanota and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley, is located within the Peruvian Andes in the present-day Peruvian region of Cusco. The town of Urubamba is situated near a number of significant ruins of the Inca Empire, including Machu Picchu.