The modern day culture of Peru is the product of ancient civilizations, European colonization, African and Asian influences. In this guide, we invite you to trail the Inca civilization and follow us to Peru’s liveliest places.
The historical center of Lima is full of buildings of Spanish and French influence, making it one of the finest testimonies of the European presence in the country. The districts of Lima and Rímac are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with highlights including the Plaza Mayor, the Palace of Torre Tagle, the Monastery of San Francisco, the Convent of Santo Domingo and its churches. The cuisine displays influences of both the Amerindians and the Chinese migrants.
Cusco was the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Some of the buildings from that time still stand, giving you an unique opportunity to see several influences on the modern culture of Peru in one place. Saksayawaman was built around 1100; the Cusco Cathedral dates from 1654. The neighborhood of San Blas, the Hatun Rumiyoq and Plaza de las Armas mix history with modern-day uses.
From Cusco, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Due to security reasons, visits to the Inca Trail are limited by the Peruvian government, but undoubtedly those who are able to make it say it’s unforgettable. Machu Picchu is probably the best known symbol of the Incan Empire, and it was voted as one of the Word’s Seven Wonders in 2007. The city gives an incredible insight into the Inca lifestyle and architecture.
The second biggest city of Peru is key to unveiling the Moche and Chimu cultures. The Chan Chan ruins and the Temples of the Sun and Moon are both close by, but the greatest legacy of Trujillo to Peruvian culture may well be its ceviche.