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READING ON PERU AND SOUTH AMERICA:
|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.
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.
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
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.
You can find further information
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About the Author: Michael
Zurakhinsky is an experienced traveler and the writing host of www.AllAboutPeruTravel.com
- an independent resource, providing the travelers with free, online information
about Peru and the wonderful highlights it contains.
IN PERU, SOUTH AMERICA:
HOTELS IN CUZCO (CUSCO), PERU
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOTELS IN IQUITOS, PERU
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.
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.
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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