Friday, 13 March 2015

Around the World in A Week with Big Picture Press - Peru

 Day 5 of the Maps Poster Book World Tour and it's Thomas's turn to tell you about Peru:

Hi, I'm Thomas and I spent a summer in Peru traveling from the highest peaks of the Andes to the jungles of the Amazon rainforest and I'd love to tell you about some of the best things about this fascinating country...

Machu Picchu
Hundreds of years ago, Peru was ruled by the Incas from their capital city of Cusco. When the Spanish conquistadors lead by Francisco Pizarro arrived, they destroyed much of the Inca's buildings and cities. But Machu Picchu, hidden in the cloud forest, was never found and remained undiscovered until 1911 when an American, Hiram Bingham, found it again.

Today Machu Picchu is a stunning city atop a mountain ridge, full of incredible stonework and fascinating insights into the Incas. Don't miss the chance to climb Huayna Picchu, the steep mountain in the background of most of the 'postcard pictures' to get an even better view of the place.

Lake Titicaca
The highest navigable lake in the world, the lake was home to the Aymara people, many of whom lived on reed islands on the lake which can still be visited today to see some of the traditional craftsmanship and unique boats. On the shores of the lake, you can see llama and alpaca - and if you're really lucky, maybe a vicuña, which produces the most expensive wool in the world.

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