Adventurous traveller? There's loads to do in Peru!
12 February 2010 08:08
Thanks to the credit crunch, the (now-receding) recession and various other economic disasters lately, many people end up with quite a lot of stress in their day-to-day lives.
As a result, we're not surprised that more people are interested in going on exciting holidays instead of just a bucket and spade break.
For example, we recently reported on research from IntotheBlue.co.uk, which showed that people in office jobs are eager to do something daring during their downtime as a break from the daily routine.
However, where can you go in order to make sure you have a fantastic time and come back with some amazing memories?
Well, one suggestion is Peru. Daniela Resenterra from the South American country's tourist board points out that it offers plenty to do and see for those who don't just want to sit on a beach for a fortnight.
Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, is Machu Picchu. Meaning 'Old Peak', it is often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas thanks to its hidden history.
The site was originally built by the Incas in around AD 1430, but was abandoned some 100 years later, perhaps because of widespread illness brought in by Spanish conquistadors.
The beautiful stone city then lay undiscovered as forests grew around it until 1911, when it was rediscovered by an American historian called Hiram Bingham.
He brought it back to the world's attention and it has been an important tourist attraction ever since, becoming a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983.
Visitors can climb up to the ridge on which it lies and then explore the ruins. Those who enjoy astronomy may also be interested to note that many believe the city is aligned specifically so that the sun sets between the mountains, thereby allowing the Incas to interpret specific astronomical events.
However, as Daniele points out, there is also much more on offer in Peru.
"There's the Colca Canyons not very far from the Machu Picchu site in southern Peru. That's a relatively unknown part of Peru that people visit," she suggested.
Indeed, the canyons are well worth a visit as they are believed to be twice as deep as America's Grand Canyon.
And if you do just want to go to Peru because it's warm?
"The northern coastal area of Peru has got the best weather in the country, it's sunshine constantly all year round. It's really good for surfing and water sports," Daniele advised.
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You'll then be able to throw yourself into your chosen pursuits, safe in the knowledge that you're covered for £5 million whatever happens.
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