Peru is a country in South America with a very diverse geology and an interesting history.
Peru has it all, from Pacific coast, the
Altiplano and Amazon rainforests to the rugged and deep Colca Canyon and high altitude lake Titicaca.
roamed here 14.000 years ago and the Americas oldest civilization, Norte Chico, started in the first millenium BC, folowed by a.o.Moche, Wari and culminating in the Inca Empire.
The Spanish conquistadors under Pizarro arrived in 1532, defeated and murdered
the Inca king Atahualpa and established a viceroyalty under Spanish colonial rule that lasted till 1821 when Peru became
independent thanks to San Martin.
The country had its fair share of war and political unrest, but today it's a
stable democracy with an economy based on exports of gold, copper and fish products.
Peru has always been high on our bucket-list,
but Shining Path and busy schedules kept us from going. But in 2008 we finally went there.
We admired Machu Picchu and the
Sacred Valley, travelled the Altiplano and stood on an Uros floating island in Lake Titicaca.
We returned in 2010 for
a trip to the Pacific Coast, the Nazca lines and the majestic condors in Colca Canyon.