Above you is a fascinating and thought-provoking sight – a cliff face dotted with caves, each containing ancestral remains, still respected by the local people. Imagine the lives of these ancestors – how they lived, what they grew and ate, how and where they worshipped. Then wander the ruins of the Incan settlements, ruined cities and temples and absorb the atmosphere of the distant past. Human drama is matched by spectacular scenery in Peru.
The varied landscapes they knew are little changed – the altiplano dotted with herds of vicuna and llama, condors soaring overhead, towering volcanos and deep canyons, Lake Titicaca’s floating islands, the clear night skies of the desert affording breath-taking views of the stars, stunning mountain scenery, the spectacular Andes, the Amazonian rainforest teeming with wildlife. Then there are the man-made wonders. Machu Picchu is magnificent and lives up to the hype, but just as impressive is the much less well-known Temple of Sipan. Spanish colonial architecture tells of invasion and occupation and the effects on indigenous culture through the generations.
But this is a land that looks forwards as well as backwards. The bustling cities and towns, the lively markets and the friendly people in their colourful costumes all call out to you very much from the here and now. Come with us on a Chapters Experience Holiday to Peru and let us introduce you.