Perú

Country of Origin

Geography

Location:

Peru is located in South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Ecuador

Terrain:

In Peru, the center lies the Andes Mountains which divides the east and the west. To the east lie the coastal plains. To the west, lies the Amazon Basin.

Climate:

the climate in Peru varies from tropical in east to dry in west

Bordering Countries:

Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, and Ecuador all border Peru

Natural Disasters:

earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanic activity, and tsunamis all occur within Peru

Other Facts...

1. the highest point in Peru is Nevado Huascaran which stands 6,768 m high

2. natural resources include: gold, silver, copper, timber, iron, coal, phosphate, and natural gas

3. Peru is 5/6 the size of Alaska

4. land mass = 1.28 million sq km

#1-10 Tourist destinations

1. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is undeniably #1 among the top tourist attractions in Peru. The “Lost City of the Incas” is literally invisible from the Urubamba Valley which lies right below and completely contained within agricultural terraces, which are watered by natural springs that surround the cite.

2. Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River, located in the Andes mountain range. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

3. Plaza de Armas

The Plaza de Armas is the center of Cuzco. The original plaza was built by the Incas which they knew it as the “square of the warrior”. Close to twice the current size, it functioned as the cultural center of Inca life. Was considered the "heart" of the city at the time.

4. Uros Islands

Made of dried totora reeds, the islands of the Uros are Lake Titicaca’s manmade. The lives of the Uros are dpenedent upon these reeds, which is a primary source of food and are also used to make their homes, and even their boats.

5. Santa Catalina Monastery

Founded on October 2, 1580, the Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipawhich is surrounded by walls. Contained within lie walkways, stairways and small squares. It is one of the most important monasteries of colonial Peru.

6. Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are located between Nazca and Palpa. They were created between 200 BC and 700 AD. The figures range from simple lines to stylized spiders, monkeys, fish, llamas, lizards and human figures.

7. Iquitos (Amazon River)

Iquitos is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. That leaves planes and boats as the means of transportation to and from for people and supplies.

8. Mancora

Máncora is a small town featuring Peru’s best sandy beach, which stretches for several miles along the Pacific. The town also holds a large number of resorts, luxury restaurants and nightclubs.

9. Chan Chan

The city of Chan Chan was the largest city in pre-Columbian America. It is estimated that around 30,000 people lived in the city. The city was built by the Chimu around 850 AD and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in 1470 AD.

10. Huacachina

Huacachina is a tiny town surrounding a small natural lake and itself surrounded by sand dunes. Many people visit to ride dune buggies throughout the vast landscape and sandboard.

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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Peru