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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Natural Landmarks in Peru
The city of Ica lies along the desert coast of southern Peru. Huacachina is a village built around a small desert lagoon. Dunes surround this natural oasis in what is often called the "Ica Desert." Ica, as well as Huacachina, is famous for its Pisco.
The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, known for the soaring Andean Condors that can be seen throughout the year. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots and astounding scenic beauty.
The Cordillera Vilcanota is a mountain range in southeastern Peru that constitutes one of the southern branches of the Cordillera Occidental. Vinicunca, or "Rainbow Mountain," is a natural landmark. Ausangate, significant in Incan mythology, is the tallest peak in the range.
Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake located at the northern end of the Altiplano basin, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. Lying high up in the Andes at 12,500 ft, it is the world's highest navigable lake. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America.
Manú National Park and Biosphere Reserve is a world-renowned haven of biodiversity at the meeting point of the Tropical Andes and the Amazon Basin in southwestern Peru. A vast, isolated watershed, the still-roadless property has been spared from most human impacts.