Culture in Peru – What ASTA the Travel Association have to Say
March 15, 2012
With the first settlers having arrived in Peru 20,000 years ago, there’s plenty of culture and heritage to keep lovers of history happy. Most people associate Peru with the Inca Empire and Machu Picchu. The Incas constructed the citadel out of heavy stone blocks and it remained undiscovered for centuries, becoming known as the Lost City of the Incas. Visitors will need several hours to explore the site, with it´s maze of stone temples and palaces.
Just 10 minutes from Cusco is Sacsayhuaman fortress, another Inca construction, while an hour away, the Sacred VaIIeyis dotted with towns and villages and Inca remains. But it’s not just the Inca Empire that
helped to shape Peru, with archeological sites dating back to pre-Incan times. South of Lima, the mysterious Nazca Lines are a series of designs etched across a rocky desert region left by a civilization living in 300BC. Visitors can fly across the area in a small aircraft to gain a bird’s eye view of the curious figures and shapes.
Whatever time of year your client chooses to visit Peru, they’re almost always guaranteed to find the locals celebrating some kind of festival. One of the most colorful is the Inti Raymi (the Festival of the Sun), in Cusco each June. Dating from the Inca Empire, it honors Wiracocha, god of the sun, with parties and an Inca ritual performance at Sacsayhuaman fortress.