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Highlights of a Peru Vacation by MICHAEL ZURAKHINSKY

No matter if you are in pursuit of sports adventure, or an archaeological phenomenon, a visit to Peru truly satisfies. Nestled between Bolivia to its south and Ecuador to its north, this seaside country also shares borders with Chile, Brazil, and Columbia. For the nature enthusiast, Peru's oddly contradicting natural features produce a fascinating array of wildlife, including whales, giant otters, and jaguars. Head east of the Andes into the Peruvian jungle, where you'll glimpse some of the richest biodiversity on earth. Peru has several well-established national parks along the desert seacoast, at the edge of the "Altiplano", and among the high Andean Cordillera.

Inca Woman with Llamas, PeruRich in ancient culture and tradition, Peru is also home to imperial ruins of great civilizations, including the lost city of Machu Picchu and The Nasca Lines, an enigma of mysterious desert etchings. The Peruvian Andes provide unrivalled mountain trekking and cycling prospects for the adrenaline seeker, as well as the spiritual traveler seeking the teachings of a shaman. At the other end of the spectrum there is Lima, Peru's desert metropolis boasting some of the best nightlife, music, and museums in all of South America.

Lima, known as Peru's "city by the sea", is a virtual metropolis on the central desert coastline, as well as an economic magnet for highland and Amazonian villagers. The bustling sophistication of Lima is guaranteed to indulge the cosmopolitan traveler's every desire. First class museums and nightlife, indigenous music, dazzling architecture, historical neighborhoods, and friendly locals abound. Head north of Lima, to Huaraz, Peru's mountaineering center, or up the coast to Chicama for surfing and traditional Peruvian fishing. Afterwards, soothe sore muscles at nearby Cajamarca's rejuvenating hot springs.

Famous for its reputation as the gringo hangout of South America, Cusco is also the oldest inhabited city in Peru and an archaeology lover's dream. With access to the mountaintop city of Machu Picchu, the sacred Urubamba Valley, and plenty of exciting nightlife, Cusco is considered the most important hub for travelers to the Incan Empire. Travel back in time strolling stone wall-lined streets and mingle with friendly Quechua-speaking Incan descendants. From Cusco, take the southern coastal route along the magnificent Paracas Peninsula to see the largest sea lion colony on earth. Just offshore, the Ballestas Islands lure nature lovers with some of the best seabird watching in the world.

Dubbed "The White City" for its beautiful buildings constructed of a light-colored volcanic rock called sillar, Arequipa is surrounded by breathtaking mountains, including the volcano El Misti, providing ample photo opportunities. Be sure to include a visit to the historical Convento de Santa Catalina, a colonial house of worship. Don't miss a trip to Iquitos, the most popular Amazonian city within the Peruvian jungle. Located in the northern region of the Amazon Basin, Iquitos is a central starting point for jungle exploration.

A trip to Peru cannot be considereed thorough without a visit to the spectacular Manu Biosphere Reserve. This is considered to be one of the most remote and untouched locations in the world. The hidden depths of the Amazon lead traverers to discover a world teeming with exotic birds and mammals. So, in just two weeks, you can see and do so much in this unique country.


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About the Author: Michael Zurakhinsky is an experienced traveler and the writing host of - an independent resource, providing the travelers with free, online information about Peru and the wonderful highlights it contains. 

Casa Andina Hotel Cuzco ***
If you are planning for a particular holiday at Cuzco, then Casa Andina Hotel with its easy access is the perfect place for you to reside.  Casa Andina Hotel is situated 5 kilometres away from the airport and a block away from downtown.  All the 40 air conditioned rooms are well equipped and come with numerous modern amenities. The hotel also has rooms equipped for disabled guests and designated rooms for non-smokers.  The hotel has an onsite restaurant and bar where guests can dine and enjoy some delicious dishes being served.  The hotel also provides a well-appointed business centre for its business travellers to organise various business events.
Centenario Hotel Cuzco ***
If you are planning for a particular holiday at Cuzco, then Centenario Hotel is the perfect place for you to reside.  Centenario Hotel Cuzco is located 4 blocks from Plaza de Armas and 2 kilometres from the city centre. The airport lies 8 kilometres away from the hotel.  It offers 25 basically furnished rooms, all air-conditioned and equipped with several amenities.  Guests can savour both international and regional cuisine at the restaurant and also enjoy a great variety of beverages at the bar.  Ample parking space is also available onsite for guests with their own transportation.
Don Carlos Hotel Cuzco ***
Featuring modern accommodation, quiet and convenient location, this property welcomes you for an unforgettable stay at Cuzco.  Centrally located, the Don Carlos Hotel is surrounded by impressive Inca and remarkable Spanish colonial architecture combined with the amenities of a modern city. The hotel is situated close to various city attractions such as Inca temples, palaces, restaurants and galleries.  This property offers well-appointed guest rooms that are stylishly furnished and equipped with modern in-room amenities.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant where healthy appetites are superbly catered and served delicious food.
Jose Antonio Hotel Cuzco ****
Boasting comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, this charming property welcomes you to enjoy your memorable holiday at Cuzco.  Located in the heart of Cusco's archaeological centre, the Jose Antonio Hotel is few minutes away from the main square. This hotel is a kilometre from the city centre and 3 kilometres from the airport.  This property boasts comfortable guests rooms that are elegantly furnished and equipped with contemporary amenities.  Healthy appetites are superbly catered at the onsite restaurant that serves delicious dishes for you to enjoy. You can also sip your favourite drink at the cocktail bar.
Libertador Hotel Cuzco *****
Featuring comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, the Libertador Hotel is a place where you will have a charming experience and well-deserved rest with the adventure of knowing Peru.  The Libertador Hotel Cuzco is splendidly located within the historical downtown and is the ideal place to live a unique and fascinating experience.  This property offers 240 elegant guests rooms and 14 large suites that have been specially designed to meet the different needs of discerning travellers.  The Inti Raymi Restaurant serves exquisite novo Andean cuisine, Inca food as well as national and international specialties. The Kero Coffee Shop is an ideal place to have a lighter meal, while the Rumi Bar invites you to enjoy famous Pisco Sour or the cocktail of your preference in a warm atmosphere.
Picoaga Hotel Cuzco ****
Boasting a tranquil ambience and comfortable accommodation, this property is an ideal place for business as well as leisure travellers.  Situated just a few steps away from the Plaza de Armas and Cusco Main Square, Picoaga Hotel is 15 kilometres from the airport. The sacred valleys of the Incas, Ollantaytambo as well as the Chinchero are nearby the property.  The hotel offers 72 guestrooms that are elegantly designed and well-appointed with a host of modern amenities. Attentive room service is also provided for your convenience.  Guests can relish delicious local as well as international cuisine in an elegant setting of the on-site restaurant. Sip your favourite drink at the cosy bar, which is also an ideal place to relax.
Q'armenq'a Hotel Cuzco ***
Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, the Q'Armenq'A Hotel is an ideal place to spend your relaxing vacation.  The Q'armenq'a Hotel is centrally located in Cuzco, and is just a kilometre away from the Ollduta Commercial Fair Site.  All the guest rooms at the hotel are comfortable, well furnished and equipped with standard amenities. A 24-hour room service is also provided for your convenience.  Conference facilities are available for people travelling on business purposes. During leisure, you can explore the city and its surrounding attractions.
Royal Inka II Hotel Cuzco ***
Offering charming lodging in a unique locality, the Royal Inka II Hotel is the ideal base for an unforgettable holiday at Cuzco.  Located at 335 Santa Teresa Street, the Royal Inka II Hotel is at the core of Cuzco with direct proximity to churches, museums, the main plaza and other places of interest.  Royal Inka II offers modern rooms that are decorated in unique style to satisfy the genuine tastes of every traveller.  The hotel features a magnificent bar and restaurant where delicious food and drinks are served.  At leisure, you can take a bracing dip in the swimming pool or just relax your mind and soul at the beautiful sauna and jacuzzi.
San Agustin International Hotel Cuzco ***
Exceptionally located with charming accommodation, the San Agustin International Hotel with its refined hospitality invites you for an exciting vacation.  Situated in the most important avenue, San Agustin International Hotel is very close to the main square of Cuzco, churches and the historical monuments.  San Agustin International offers 74 elegant guestrooms that are equipped with basic amenities to make you feel at home.  The El Arcangel Restaurant offers culinary delights from the Peruvian cuisine and invites guests to linger and enjoy. The Majestic Bar is an intimate, comfortable and private setting for cocktail and light snacks.  Whatever may be the occasion, the San Agustin International Hotel offers personalised and highly qualified service for a successful banqueting and conference event.
San Agustin Plaza Hotel Cuzco ***
Providing luxurious accommodation in a charming ambience, the San Agustin Hotel Cuzco welcomes you for a pleasant holiday at Cuzco.  Centrally located on a commercial street, Avenida Sol , the San Agustin Plaza Hotel Cuzco is just a couple of blocks away from the main square of Cuzco.  The hotel offers 26 well furnished guestrooms that are equipped with modern amenties to make your stay a comfortable one.  The Tunupa Bar and Restaurant invites you to enjoy the best national and international cuisine with finest drinks.  The San Agustin International Hotel offers personalised services and highly qualified facilities to make every occasion a memorable event.
El Dorado Hotel Iquitos ***
The property with its comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities is an ideal base for experiencing an exciting and adventurous vacation in the city of Iquitos. The El Dorado Hotel Iquitos is situated just thirty metres away from the Plaza Principal and few metres away from the Amazon River.  The hotel has comfortable guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with standard amenities.  Here, guests can experience a wonderful sense of calm and style. At the hotel the relaxing rewards of the day are tastefully catered to and the needs of the traveller are attentively met.
El Dorado Plaza Hotel Iquitos *****
Offering cosy accommodation and convenient facilities, the El Dorado Plaza Hotel is a perfect place for both business and leisure travellers.  The El Dorado Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just 5 kilometres from the airport.  All the guest rooms at the hotel are comfortable, well furnished and equipped with modern amenities. Attentive room service is also provided for your convenience.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant that offers a great choice of regional, national and international dishes for you to feast on.  During leisure, you can relax at the sauna, laze around the swimming pool or workout at the gymnasium. Favourable parking facilities are also available on the hotel's premises.
Victoria Regia Hotel Iquitos ***
Presenting spacious lodging, the Victoria Regia Hotel is an ideal place to reside while you are in Iquitos for business or leisure.  Located just two minutes drive from the Amazon River, the Victoria Regia Hotel is only 15 minutes drive from the airport.  The hotel offers 42 fully furnished guest rooms that are completely equipped with modern elements to satisfy even the most discerning of travellers.  The in house restaurant serves delicious regional dishes of the Peruvian Amazon for you to relish on. You can also enjoy exotic drinks or a cup of cappuccino at the Iquitos Bar. 

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