Learn Spanish in Peru
Learn Spanish in Peru
Peru is the largest of the Andean nations located in South America.
The country is surrounded by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil
and Bolivia to the east, Chile to the south, and the Pacific to the west.
It is a beautiful country with many different types of climates and terrain.
In the northeastern part of the country are the rainforests of the Amazon Basin. Along the Pacific, lie vast deserts such as the Atacama Desert, which is one of the driest places on Earth. Moving eastward, one finds the impressive Andes, second highest mountain range in the world.
When people think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu and the Incas. As a result, the country is called by many, "The Land of the Incas".
While to one extent this title is correct, it fails to take into account the importance of many other indigenous groups such as the Moche, Wari, and the Chavin. Throughout the country are many archeological sites worth visiting. Some of the most famous outside of Machu Picchu are the Nazca Lines, the Sillustani ruins around Lake Titicaca, and the Sechin ruins.
The culture of Peru is a reflection of its history. The country has witnessed great indigenous civilizations culminating with the Inca, Spanish conquest, the struggle for independence, and today, an emerging democracy. As you explore the wonderful attractions of Peru, you cannot help but notice these influences on all aspects of Peruvian society.
The different areas of Peru are extremely distinctive.
For those interested in plant and animal diversity, you
can visit the Peruvian Amazon Basin, which covers over
half of Peru. The area is extremely interesting, but at
the same time exceedingly inaccessible.
The most distinctive feature of Peru is the Andes. Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, is one of the most popular destinations (only a little more than an hour flight from Lima). Here in this city you have a mix of Spanish colonial architecture, and Inca ruins.
Outside of Cusco, lies the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Throughout the valley are fine examples of Inca architecture such as the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
The one place any visitor of Peru should visit is the mysterious and majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. The site is only accessible by a 4 hour train ride from Cusco. Many agencies run day trips, but to truly experience the site, stay overnight.
The people of Peru are friendly. The government and the people really go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome and safe.