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Overview of Peru for Travelers by RICHARD MONK

Peru is located on the upper west coast of South America. If you are considering Peru as a travel destination, following is an overview of the country.

Overview of Peru for Travelers

Historically, Peru was the location of the dominant early cultures in South America. The city of Caral has pyramid remains dated to between 2000 and 2600 BC, which may make it the oldest city in the world. Peru is also the home of the Nazca Lines, the football field size drawings in the ground that are only apparent from the air.

Overview of Terraced Royal Inca Ruins, Machu Picchu, PeruThe Incas are a mysterious civilization, but one that was clearly dominant during its time. The Incas were based in modern day Peru. Although it was not a major city, Machu Picchu is the best known archeological remains of the Incas. It was discovered in 1911.

The Spanish defeated the Inca Empire in 1533, who remained in control for nearly 300 years. In 1821, Peru declared independence, but wasn’t able to defeat the Spanish until 1824. In fact, Peru was the last Spanish colony in South America.

Peru has seen periods of relative stability and near civil war since gaining its independence. In the late 20th century, conflicts with the Shining Path and Tupac Amaru rebel groups resulted in as many as 70,000 people being killed. Peru has moved beyond such conflicts and is experiencing a period of strong stability and economic growth. In a stunning development for patriarchal South America, Peru elected Beatriz Merino as the first female prime minister on the continent in 2003.

Peru is an interesting climatic country because it contains stunning mountains, flat plains and over 1,500 miles of beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Figuring out what to take is entirely dependent on the part of the country you will visit. Travel to Lake Titicaca, one of the highest lakes in the world, and you will need to dress for warmth. Visit the dry desert in the east of the country, and you will be dressing just the opposite.

Modern Peru has a total population of 28 million people. Roman Catholic is the dominant language. The literacy rate is roughly 88 percent. After years of conflict, the country has suffered economically to the point that over 50 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. With stability returning, this situation is expected to improve.

Peru is one of the hottest travel destinations in South America. With the end of armed conflict, the chance to see Inca ruins should not be missed.


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Antara Hotel Lima ****
Featuring an elegant decor and a warm hospitality, Antara Hotel Lima welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation.  The Antara Hotel is located in Miraflores, the new cultural and commercial centre of Lima. It is situated only 100 meters from the two most important avenues of the city and still in an ideal and quiet place for the executive requiring peace for pondering on his projects and activities. Without need for transportation, in just a few minutes, you can get to the most important restaurants, banks, casinos, boutiques and even the beautiful bay of Lima.  In spanish classical style, Antara Hotel combines distinction and the maximum in comfort, suites with private sauna and every room equipped with Jacuzzi, minibar and adjustable air conditioning.  You can enjoy the taste of the most exquisite typical Peruvian dishes and international cuisine at the hotel's restaurant. Staying at this hotel, you will find the hospitality and personal service that are unforgettable to the last detail.
Casa Andina Miraflores Hotel Lima ****
Offering cosy accomodation in a safe and commercial environment, the Casa Andina Miraflores hotel assures comfortable staying in Lima.  Casa Andina Miraflores Hotel is just a few blocks from downtown Miraflores, which is one of the most traditional quarters of Lima. Housed in the residential area, this hotel is very close to the commercial centre of Lima and is just a stone's throw from the Miraflores Central Park, restaurants, cafes, arts and crafts markets.  All the 49 guest rooms ensure a unique native ambience to make your stay a memorable one.  Guests can enjoy delicious local and international cuisine at the hotel's restaurant.
Colonial Inn Hotel Lima ***
Featuring an elegant decor and warm hospitality, the Colonial Inn Hotel welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation in Lima.  The Colonial Inn Hotel is located within walking distance of the restaurants and nightclubs in the Miraflores district of Lima. The hotel is 2 kilometres from the city centre and 15 kilometres away from Lima Airport.  This hotel offers beautifully decorated guest rooms that are elegantly furnished and equipped with modern amenities.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves delicious food and later on, enjoy a refreshing drink at the any of the 2 onsite bars.  Guests travelling by their own mode of transportation can make use of parking space available on-site. During leisure, you can explore the surroundings or visit the city attractions.
Conquistadores Suites Hotel Lima ***
With charming details and numerous facilities, Conquistadores Suites Hotel promises a pleasant stay to its guests. Conquistadores Suites Hotel Lima is conveniently located in the heart of San Isidro, Lima's leading financial and business district. At a few steps from the famous El Olivar Park and surrounded by attractive residential areas, the hotel is known for friendly service and personal attention.  The hotel offers 36 spacious, fully equipped and warmly decorated suites and rooms.  The La Terrazza Cafe, with a splendid panoramic view of San Isidro, provides a delicious choice of Peruvian and international dishes and snacks.
Continental Hotel Lima ***
Offering a good location, this property invites all type of guests for a pleasant and wonderful stay in Lima.  The Continental Hotel is located in the historic city centre of Lima, close to many of the Peruvian capital's historic tourist attractions. The hotel is situated close to train station and is 18 kilometres from the airport.  The hotel boasts well-equipped guestrooms that are comfortable, pleasant and comes with all the contemporary amenities that a discerning traveller would expect.  The onsite restaurant serves delicious international cuisine for you to enjoy. You can also sip your favourite drink at the cocktail bar.  During leisure you can meet your friends and relax at lobby and later, explore the surroundings or visit the city attractions.
Del Pilar Miraflores Hotel Lima ***
Being an ideal place in the city of Lima, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one.  The Del Pilar Miraflores Hotel is situated in the heart of the commercial and tourist area of Miraflores. The hotel is 10 kilometres from Jorge Chavez International Airport.  This hotel offers 53 well-appointed accommodation units that are stylishly furnished and equipped with modern in-room amenities.  This property has a restaurant, which serves delicious dishes to feast on. After a tiring day, you can relax with a fine drink at cocktail bar.  Guests travelling on business purpose can make use of well-equipped conference room for their various important meetings.
Doubletree El Pardo Hotel Lima *****
Presenting luxurious accommodation and refined hospitality, the Double Tree El Pardo Hotel is the perfect place for a lavish holiday in Lima. Located at the central and exclusive district of Miraflores, the Double Tree El Pardo Hotel is placed at the beginning of Pardo Avenue, a few blocks from Miraflores Central Park. The beautifully flowered Kennedy Park, different stores as well as other commercial and entertainment establishments surround the hotel.  This hotel features 110 well-appointed rooms and suites, which offer all comforts and facilities expected by a modern traveller.  The Double Tree El Pardo Hotel offers different gastronomic options for you to relish. You can taste the best of Peruvian cuisine in an authentic and sophisticated ambience of the Junius-Peruvian Restaurant. Also enjoy the finest combinations of a wide range of international dishes with a choice of wines at Zuma Grill.
El Condado Hotel Lima ****
Offering stylish and contemporary accommodation, this property is the perfect base for both business as well as leisure travellers.  Situated in the modern and dynamic district of Miraflores, El Condado Hotel Lima is just 4 kilometres from the city centre. This property is near the commercial, cultural and entertainment areas, while the Jorge Chavez International Airport is 25 minutes away.  This hotel offers 50 spacious accommodation units that come with modern and comfortable amenities.  At the onsite Piano Bar Restaurant, guests can enjoy a selection of delicious Peruvian and international food. It is also an ideal place to unwind with a glass of fine drink.  This property provides all the necessary conveniences for your private or business meetings. During leisure, you can workout in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, re-energise your body in the jacuzzi or pamper yourself at the sauna.
Exclusive Hotel Lima ****
Offering excellent services and facilities, this modern style property is a perfect venue to reside for a pleasant stay.  Strategically located in the heart of Miraflores, Exclusive Hotel Lima is close to the restaurants, cinemas, theatres, banks and beaches. This property is just 4 kilometres away from the city centre and 20 kilometres from the Lima Airport.  The 64 comfortable bedrooms are fully equipped and well-decorated as well as come with a host of modern amenities. Attentive room service is also provided for your convenience.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves both local as well as international cuisine. After a tiring day, unwind at the cosy bar with an exotic drink.
Jose Antonio Hotel Lima ***
 Offering expected facilities and comforts, this modern style property is an ideal place for a pleasant as well as a relaxing stay.  Situated in the modern district of Miraflores, Jose Antonio Hotel Lima is 30 minutes drive from the Jorge Chavez International Airport. This property is close to the major commercial, financial, tourist and cultural centres.  This hotel offers 44 comfortable bedrooms that are air-conditioned and come with modern amenities.  Guests can dine at the onsite Las Espuelas Restaurant that serves an international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a pleasant atmosphere. The La Jalca Bar is a perfect place to relax as well as to enjoy your favourite cocktail in an intimate ambiance.
Las Americas Hotel Lima ****
This property attracts both business and leisure travellers with its location right next to the popular shopping centres and entertainment precincts.  Situated in Miraflores, Las Americas Hotel Lima is close to the tourist attractions, shops and entertainment area. This property is just 20 minutes drive from the downtown Lima and 30 minutes from the international airport.  The hotel offers 151 comfortable guestrooms that are beautifully appointed and come with an array of modern amenities for a pleasant stay.  Guests can start their day with a scrumptious breakfast and later taste both traditional as well as international cuisine in a relaxed setting. Sip your favourite cocktail at the cosy bar, which is also an ideal place to relax.

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