Peru is a country in South America with a very diverse geology and a long and fascinating 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.
First humans arrived from the north, either by foot or by boat and had settled in coastal Peru some 14.000 years ago. Over the following millenia they learned to cultivate the land with corn and cotton and domesticated llama and guinea pigs.
One of the Americas oldest civilization, Norte Chico, came up around 4000 BC, followed by a.o. Moche, Wari and culminating in the mighty Inca Empire.
The Spanish conquistadors under Pizarro arrived in 1532, ticked, 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 Peru is a relatively 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.
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Ica Region
Arequipa Region
Sacred Valley
Lake Titicaca
Huaca Pucclana
Nazca to Arequipa
Colca Canyon