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If you love "French Fries" with your burgers, you should know that the potato originated in Peru. The mighty Incas cultivated potatoes in the high altitude of the Andes. There still are thousands (!) of varieties of potatoes in Peru, being only one reflection of it's 'megadiversity'. Peru, the land of the Incas, awaits you with a world of adventure and excitement.
The perfectly fitted stones of this glorious empire continue to be the main attraction to people from all over the world. Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas discovered centuries after the last Conquistador left, remains a web of riddles for the adventurer and the scientist to tackle. The Nazca lines, what were they, UFO landing sites or a pathway to the heavens and the gods?
You do not need to be a history buff to enjoy Peru. Of late, thousands of people have dared visit the still as yet unknown Amazon jungle in search of cures for the world's illnesses by tapping into the knowledge of Shamans (medicine men) who may hold the secret to help us defeat the incurable. You can have a reasonably comfortable trip to the deeps of the jungle in Iquitos, starting at the sea side, crossing the Andes, and slowly making your way down. As Iquitos isn't reachable by road, the last to days will be spend on an Amazon Cruise boat. Despite being visited by almost 1.5 million foreigners each year, you can always find a place of the beaten track, where you will be the main attraction for the locals.
You may not be the adventerous type, but relax. Peru is working hard at becoming a modern country equipping itself to face the challenges of the new millenium. The five star hotels, the restaurants, and the nightlife will dazzle you. So come and explore this exciting land, rich in history and culture. Click now on any of the choices below to obtain information and tips to make your trip a delightful experience. Hasta la vista amigos! y Buen Viaje!