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In Peru, historical sites are abundant and easily accessible and for nature lovers you can look found to highlights like the Amazon Jungle and The Andes. Below are the cities which are on the itinerary for our South America Highlights tour, with each city offering a unique experience of its own making.

 

Lima

 

Lima is a goldmine of museums and historical buildings. Beginning with the National Museum, Gold Museum and Amano Museum, historical enthusiasts would greatly appreciate all that these museums offer. But if you prefer historical buildings then Lima has the Fortress of La Fortaleza and Casa de Aliaga which dates back to the 15th century. Lima truly has many tourist sites to offer, including the Lima Cathedral and Plaza de Armas Lima, and the food that the city offers is a delight in itself.

 

Cusco

 

Cusco has several unique sites including Plaza de Armas Cusco, the city’s main square (our hotel is conveniently located close to the main square). The Inca buildings and architecture dates back to ancient times. The Sacred Valley, which is hundreds of meters below Cusco, is one such Inca remnant that this city is renowned for. But if you crave for less ancient structures then you should visit the Plaza because founded on Spanish architecture, although it is built on Inca land. This place has been witness to great occasions like proclamations of rulers, as well as gruesome events like public executions. And if tourists find it breathtaking during the day, then they should visit it during the night when it is illuminated by lights.

 

Machu Picchu

 

A World Heritage site and very recently voted as part of the elusive New Seven Wonders of the World, this Inca site has ancient history written all over. Untouched by many conquerors, especially the Spanish, this site has survived many centuries and has only been known to the outside world by late historians. Found thousands of kilometers above Cusco, many believed that this place was meant for great Inca rulers.  It is subdivided into different sections, like agricultural and urban sections, and houses Inca temples including the Temple of the Moon and Huayna Picchu. This site is truly a marvel to behold and worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.

 

Iquitos

 

Well renowned as the largest city that is inaccessible by road, this city presents many native cultures and sites that make it an ideal place for travel for singles. Tourist can only get to Iquitos by plane or by boat, and though many of its cultures were greatly affected by the bloom of the rubber industry, some still managed to survive. One such remnant is the Festival of San Juan which highlights many native dances and competitions, although it includes some modern touch in one way or another. But still tourists are attracted by this festival because of the exotic foods that are offered and the chance to interact with locals. Nature lovers are the ones who would truly benefit from a visit to Iquitos because of the large sanctuaries that this place has to offer. First on the list would be the Pipintuwasi butterfly farm where enthusiasts could behold the intricate life cycle of butterflies. And of course who would not be captivated by a visit to Pacaria Samiria National Reserve which houses hundreds of birds, mammals, fishes and exotic plants. But what seems to attract many tourists is the floating city of Belen. Imagine houses and various stores either floating on water or on stilts. The smell maybe overwhelming to some but the experience to view such a place is worth it.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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