Famed American archaeologist, Hiram Bingham, re-discovered the beautifully preserved Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, or “old peak”, in 1911. Machu Picchu sits high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, most archaeologists believe Machu Picchu was created as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. View this Private Journey - https://www.travcoa.com/tours/americas/peru/mythical-machu-picchu-peru
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Traveling with a luxury tour operator means staying at the finest properties, taking convenient transportation, and enjoying exclusive access to shows and performances. Our Mythical Machu Picchu Journey is no exception. Our guests can enjoy a stay at an accommodation nestled right next to the ruins of Machu Picchu, savor some of the best Peruvian cuisine, and enjoy an authentic show at a hacienda. Watch as Kelley Ferro does all of this and more in this episode of #TravelTogether with USTOA.
Prior to the arrival of eager Spanish colonizers, the Inca had already established a sprawling, multi-country empire with their own language, government, and religion. As the Inca had no written language – they kept records with a system of knotted cords called “quipu” – what’s known about this ancient civilization has been culled from the written accounts of outsiders and the striking remains that the Inca themselves left behind.
With so many cultural influences in Peru – from Spanish colonialism to Chinese immigration, as well as a variety of indigenous cultures – it is no surprise that Peruvian cuisine reflects this mixture. Immigrants who moved to Peru, unable to find the ingredients for their own traditional food, adapted many recipes with Peruvian substitutes that were available. This resulted in some classic Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado, a meat and vegetable stir-fry topped with French fries.
Peru’s capital city, Lima, is a perfect example of how this South American country blends ancient and modern civilizations. You can see the pre-Columbian artifacts in the Larco Museum, shop at the Larco Mar Mall, and sip artisan coffee in the trendy neighborhood of Barranco – all in the same day. In this episode of #TravelTogether with USTOA and Kelley Ferro, Kelley visits other Lima highlights as well – like Casa D’Aliaga, the home of the artist Victor Delfin, and the Church of San Francisco – all included on our Mythical Macchu Picchu Private Journey.
Peru – vibrant and colorful, much like the textiles that this South American country is known for. Each thread of culture contrasts and complements the others to form the Peru we know today. From pre-Incan civilizations and the sprawling, sophisticated Incan empire to the influence of Spanish colonialism – every piece of history shapes the fabric of Peru, a country that is both ancient and modern.
5 Foods to Eat in Peru
As you scale the heights toward Machu Picchu, either chugging your way up on the Hiram Bingham Train or hiking through the jungle, you enter the Incan city through a small, unimposing gate. Ducking underneath it, you walk along a small path until you come to a bend in the road where just beyond you lies a scene that takes your breath away -- the hidden city of the Incas. Peru is a lot like that, a place where the best things may not be the things you expected to find. And one of the greatest gems of this South American country isn’t the architecture or the amazing history, it’s the spectacular cuisine. Here are five foods you must try in Peru:
What to Eat in Machu Picchu
Hiram Bingham wasn’t looking for Machu Picchu when he found it. For the cost of a silver dollar, he was led through the jungle of Peru where he emerged to find the Lost City of the Incas. That’s travel for you. You go expecting one thing and come home with a treasure you weren’t even searching for.
Travel Director Kymri Wilt knew this wonder of the world tops most travelers’ bucket lists, but what she wasn’t prepared for were the flavors she would find in this “lost city in the clouds.”
Discovering one of the world's premier waterways
One of the world’s most unique travel destinations is also its most biologically diverse. The Amazon River and its tributaries cut a path across South America from the Andes toward the Atlantic Ocean creating a system of river basin rainforests where more than a third of the world’s animal species live. Custom watercrafts and skiffs let travelers journey into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, flooded forests at the headwaters of the Amazon Basin where exotic animals and indigenous people groups make their home. Here are five of the top reasons you’ll want to visit this unique river region:
Explore These Unique Travel Destinations in Luxury
In 2007, travelers across the planet voted to declare a "new" Seven Wonders of the World. The list represents the pinnacle of human achievement and aims to showcase our diverse global heritage. But by no means is this list of seven exhaustive. There are a host of other treasures, perhaps not as familiar, that may not have made the list but certainly are worthy of wonder from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia to the Potala Palace in Tibet. Following is the list that our world has selected as being most worthy of our wonder.