Cajamarca – The Lesser Known Highland City

Cajamarca is known for its large and colorful carnival celebrations that attract huge crowds from all over the country and the world. However this small charming city is also an interesting place outside of the carnival season. For starters the city is filled with colonial architecture and surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Moreover it holds a highly important place in the history of the Spanish conquest of South America and Peru, as the city for the setting of the famous encounter between Francisco Pizarro and the last Inca leader Atahualpa. Continue reading Cajamarca – The Lesser Known Highland City

Lima, The Leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture

The Cultural Sector Committee of the Union of Ibero-American capital cities has declared Lima, the leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture in 2014. This nomination of the Peruvian capital was based on its ability to recover its archeological cultural heritage and provide public spaces for art, thereby reaffirming to the rest of the world, that Lima nurtures and supports its cultural scene and its many expressions. Continue reading Lima, The Leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture

Trujillo – The City of Eternal Spring

The city of Trujillo is located in the north western part of Peru and is normally referred to as the City of Eternal Spring. Founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro, Trujillo was the first important city to proclaim its independence from the Spanish colony in 1820. However, before anything else the region was home to the great civilizations of the Moche, the Chimus and the Incas, which means that the region today is a treasure chamber of amazing archaeological monuments. Continue reading Trujillo – The City of Eternal Spring

6 Reasons why you should Travel to Peru

Within recent years more and more people have come to realize that Peru is a country with a lot to offer, so much in fact that it has grown to become one of the most popular travel destinations within Latin America. This is however, not surprising, considering that Peru is home to some of the richest bio diverse zones in the world, tasteful and innovative cuisine and an incredibly wide selection of archeological sites left behind by some of the oldest civilizations in the world. Continue reading 6 Reasons why you should Travel to Peru

The National Drinks of Peru

As it has already been mentioned once before on this blog, Peru is a cradle for fusion gastronomy as well as a treasure chamber for archeological and cultural sites. However, it is not only the exquisite national cuisine and the incredible mountain citadel of Machu Picchu that Peru musters its pride in, but also the national drinks are great monuments of domestic pride. The Pisco Sour cocktail represents the crown jewel of these drinks and it serves as a symbol for Peruvian culture along with the 3 other highly treasured national drinks, Mate de coca, Inca Kola and Chicha morada. Continue reading The National Drinks of Peru

Puno, The City of Folklore

The city of Puno is the capital of the highland region department of the same name. Located at 3827m above sea level the weather is cold and dry, especially at night time. The city was founded in November 1868 by the Spanish count Lermos and for several years since then, the city has been known as the official City of Folklore of Peru.  All through the year numerous festivals filled with music and dance take place in the city, most popular of which are the “10 day celebration in honor of the patron of Puno” and the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria in February, notorious for its devil dancers. Continue reading Puno, The City of Folklore

Machu Picchu, The Other Side of the Story

A widely known story amongst Peruvian tourists and archeology interested souls is the story of how a United States citizen named Hiram Bingham III was the first person to discover Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, high up in the breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian mountains in 1911. A less known part of this story is that Hiram Bingham exported the relics he found on site to The United States where he donated them to Yale University for research purposes. Continue reading Machu Picchu, The Other Side of the Story

A guide for beach lovers and surf fans

Peru might not be as famous for its beaches as say Brazil or Colombia, but that does not mean there are no excellent beaches in Peru. In fact the exact opposite seems to be the case, especially in the northern region of Peru, where there is an outstanding selection of beaches, offering great sunbathing, surfing-and watersport possibilities. More specifically the best beaches are said to be in Trujillo, Paracas, Mancora and Piura, but also Punta Hermosa close to the capital of Lima offers some excellent beaches. Continue reading A guide for beach lovers and surf fans

The 5 Must See Sights in Peru

The archeological and cultural richness of Peru is unmatched by any other country in the world. Through the centuries the many amazing civilizations and empires, that have inhabited the regions of Peru, have left behind great archeological sites in the shape of cities and monuments. It is these interesting and amazing sites that together form the significant architectural legacy which is the result of todays extended knowledge of the amazing cultural history of Peru. However since the selection of monuments and sites is quite wide in Peru, we suggest the following 5 attractions as must see sights in Peru during your visit to this magnificent country. Continue reading The 5 Must See Sights in Peru