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Peru is an enchanting Country, steeped in history and home to some of the most influential cultures in Central and South America
 
Peru is also an enigma to foreigners - the severity and logistical size of the Inca Empire; the Lines of Nazca; the sea-shells and Egyptian style boats on the beaches of Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest navigable lake
This is ancient Peru, and we can provide any itinerary via our local contacts and friends - where Latin and Native cultures have combined to produce a breath-taking experience of cultural exuberance! Lima is as modern and exciting as any western city. It is also famed for it's excellent Plastic Surgery, and we offer packages that support consultation, rest and recuperation.
Peru is demographically 3 regions - Coast, Andes and Jungle. We can offer you each and any combination, all backed by our local knowledge and personal insights into real life in this truly fascinating Country
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We are please to provide any itinerary you wish, and can combine many diverse elements of your choice. Our experienced team can also advise you about what to see and do. Different members of your group can also choose different options and excursions. Below we have listed a sample of the more popular sight-seeing trips

We have a selection of activity breaks, such as white water rafting, climbing and cycling. Is this all? No, we we also have places available at native villages where you can learn local crafts ... or learn to survive as a native in the jungle. For real cultural exchange experiences, we can arrange for you to stay in small towns and rural villages, talk to locals and participate in local traditions and crafts. You can meet with, and even stay with, Native Quechua families, and we are happy to arrange for a language translator as required

Our packages are booked with experienced local professionals - at local prices. All offer complete service, including all internal flights and transfer costs, hotels (2 to 5 star), meals, tour guide and excursion costs - although some entrance charges may apply, these are only a few Dollars - otherwise all costs are included

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Lima
Modern Lima showing Colonial Heritage

The first settlers reached Peru some 20,000 years ago. They brought stone tools and were hunter-gatherers, living off game and fruit. Some of them settled in Paccaicasa, Ayacucho. The most ancient Peruvian skeletal remains found to date (7000 BC) show the ancient settlers had broad faces, pointed heads and stood 1.60 meters tall. The early Peruvians left examples of cave paintings at Toquepala (Tacna, 7600 BC) and houses in Chilca (Lima, 5800 BC)

Lima is a sum of colours, textures and sounds. It is a cosmopolitan capital par excellence where the taste is acquired from the flavour offered by its street-side cooks frying anticuchos or soft picarones in syrup against a backdrop of colonial balconies, old houses, and churches with secret tunnels. Like its inhabitants, Lima, the city of kings, is a rare and exciting mix of nationalities, styles and forms. While other major cities in the Americas and around the world strive for modernity, the urban landscape of Lima maintains the age-old texture of its rich tradition.

Lima also offers many beaches and sports. The beaches of Ica and Sante Maria are renowned for their good sand and sea sports. Less than 100 km south of Lima lies Asia, a very Western Holiday paradise. It is home to the rich and famous, and a truly great beach resort during the summer months. In the evenings famous TV personalities and Models frequent the discos

Asia also hosts International tennis tournaments, and most of Lima's beaches offer Sandboarding, boats and water scooters, surfing, deep-sea fishing and diving. You can also join cruises to the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Darwin. Lima is also famous for 'Puento', which is a form of abseiling from a bridge

 

Chan Chan
The World's Oldest, and Largest Adobe City

Long before the Incas, the Chavín civilization (1500-400 BC) achieved considerable prowess in architecture, engineering and agriculture in the northern highlands. Along the north coast, the Moche civilization (200 BC-700 AD) is famous for its realistic pottery (portraits carved into pots and gourds) and its pyramid-shaped temples

The same area was later controlled by the Chimú kingdom (900-1450 AD), who founded Chan Chan, their capital,an immense mud-brick citadel featuring 12-meter-high walls and superb architectural work. Built by the banks of the Moche River in the department of La Libertad and called it Jang-Jang, which in the ancient Mochica language means "sun-sun". The city was the urban center of a vast regional state which covered half of the Peruvian coast, stretching from Tumbes on the Ecuadorian border down as far south as Lima. All roads branched out from Chan Chan.

 

Cuzco
Traditional Crafts

Nestling in the southeastern Andes, the city of Cuzco is Peru's premier tourist attractions and one of the main destinations in the Americas. Held to be the abode of the gods by the Incas, Cuzco was the capital of the great pre-Colombian empires: the Tahuantinsuyu. Its name in Quechua, the Inca language, means "the naval of the world", as it was the hub of a network of roads that spanned much of South America, ranging from as far north as Colombia down to northern Chile and Argentina.

During their reign, the Incas (1300-1500 AD) were to make Cuzco the center of their empire, building major constructions such as Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Koricancha. It is here that myth and history merge, where the Inca roads, the towns, people and traditions are a living example of the Andean spirit, sacred and monumental

Modern day Cuzco is an exciting blend of sounds and colours, breath-taking architecture, sumptuous foods of many styles, and spontaneous night-life

 
 

Nazca
Humming Bird, Nasca

The Nazca Plains (there are four areas in total: Palpa, Ingenio, Nazca and Socos) lie in the department of Ica, some 460 km south of Lima. The Nazca people (200 BC-900 AD) etched an impressive series of figures etched into the desert floor known as the Nazca Lines, while graves belonging to the Paracas culture (800 BC-600 AD) have unearthed superb weaving's which point to the magical and religious vision that governed the lives of this ancient civilization

Just two hours from Ica, 50 square km of desert floor were covered centuries ago by vast drawings, figures of mammals, insects and deities. The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1927, are the most extraordinary legacy left by a culture that flourished in 300 BC. The lines are a series of complex designs, some up to 300 meters long which can only be seen in their true dimension from the sky, from an altitude of at least 1,500 feet. The Nazca culture is not believed to have been capable of manned flight. But the question remains as to how they crafted the drawings, what technology they used and what purpose the lines served

 
 

Lake Titicaca
Papyrus Boat on Lake Titicaca, Peru

Tiahaunaco, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Lake Titicaca - Looking Towards the Bolivian Andes

Located in the department of Puno, with a surface area of 36 180 hectares, the national reserve in practically its entirety covers the world's highest navigable lake. The Titicaca Reserve is split into two separate sectors: the first, which lies in the Bay of Puno itself, protects the totora reed clumps which provide sustenance to the Uros-Chulluni communities; the second, which is located in the Huancané area, features less-visited totora marshes, but which are equally rich in species and just as interesting. In the area there are 60 bird species, including the Titicaca grebe, 14 native fish species and 18 types of amphibians, including the giant Titicaca toad.

On Titicaca Island ruins of a temple mark the spot where, the legendary founders of the Inca dynasty, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, were sent down to Earth by the Sun. Life in the Incan empire was measured by a thousand year cosmic cycle called an Inti, which means 'Sun'. This thousand year cycle was then divided into halves, each of which was referred to as a Pachakuti. Briefly, this equated to 500 years of Inca rule, 500 years of Spanish rule. We are now entering the next 500 year period

Many of the world's spiritual leaders, as well as indigenous teachers, acknowledge that the energy of the planet shifted in 1987 from the masculine energies of Tibet to the feminine energies of Peru, and more particular, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, and The Sacred Valley of the Incas. This area is the acknowledged portal through which the new feminine energies are entering Mother Earth 'Pacha Mama". Please click to learn more about this enthralling Inca legend, 'Lake Titicaca and the House of the Golden Sun Disc' by Joshua and Vera Shapiro

For greater detail, also click to read a fascinating article 'Tiahuanaco, Archaeoastronomy and Cataclysmic Myths' by Martin Gray

Our excursions to this wondrous place, include the Incan myths and legends, as related to the sights you see, and are completed by a tour of ancient Tiahuanaco, on the Bolivian shores of the lake - Bolivian visa required

 
 

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is the star attraction of Cuzco. Discovered in 1911 by US explorer Hiram Bingham, the citadel is deemed one of the world's finest examples of landscape architecture.

Machu Picchu ("old mountain" in Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas) nestles on top of a mountain saddle high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. It was both a center of worship and astronomic observatory as well as the private retreat of the family of Inca ruler Pachacútec.

It is split into two major areas: the agricultural zone, made up of terracing and food storehouses; and the urban zone, featuring the sacred sector, with temples, squares and royal tombs which have been carved to an extraordinary degree of perfection. The stone staircases and canals are found throughout this unique archaeological site. Over the citadel looms Huayna Picchu ("young mountain" in Quechua), which can be climbed up a steep stone-paved trail.
 
 

Jungle
See Many Unique Species in Perus Jungles

The vast Peruvian jungle, which surrounds the wide and winding Amazon river, is divided into two differentiated areas: the cloud forest (above 700 masl), which features a subtropical, balmy climate, with heavy rain showers (around 3000 mm a year) between November and March, and sunny days from April to October; and the lowland jungle (below 700 masl), where the dry season runs from April to October and is ideal for tourism, with sunshine and high temperatures often topping 35°C  

Plastic Surgery
Centres of Excellence

Lima is now a famous centre for Plastic Surgery, and attracts people from all over the world. The reason is two-fold: The great skills of the surgeons, who are able to complete the most intricate and delicate of surgery. Secondly, price - as it is far cheaper to have your beauty therapy here than in the North Americas

Although we can suggest reputable local Surgeons, this is for you to decide. What we do is to provide packages that support the surgery - leaving you time for consultations, and post-operative recuperation and checks. It may be you prefer to choose a secluded location, especially where facial beauty is concerned - we can find the right place to suit your needs, and also one that is interesting to visit. Please email for further information

 
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