Friday, February 8, 2013

Country Highlights: Peru

By Tim Roby

The Amazon, Machu Picchu, and Nazca lines are just a few of the famous places to see and visit in Peru.

Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1821 and was home to many different ancient cultures and peoples. This of course, included the Inca Empire, which was one of the oldest and was the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. Machu Picchu or “Old Peak”, often referred to as “City of the Incas” was believed to be built as an estate for one of the ruling Inca emperors of the time. It is one of the largest tourist attractions of Peru and rightly so as it is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Nazca lines which are located in southern Peru, are a sequence of ancient hieroglyphs or large designs produced on the ground. They were believed to be created from 400 to 650 AD. They include a wide range of sizes and designs anywhere from simple lines to complex depictions of lizards, spiders, birds, monkeys , and fish to name a few. There are several different theories as to why they were created. Some believe they were created by the Nazca people to be seen by their gods. Other say that they were made to represent various constellations. Either way they are a site to behold.

Mrs. Olga holding an anaconda
Peru is home to many different climates, cultures landscapes. These can range anywhere from the heights of the Andes Mountain range to the coast to the west or the Amazon jungle to the east. Our very own Mrs. Olga was able to visit Peru over the Christmas break. She was able to see the Amazon jungles, Nazca, Truhillo and the Paracas Reserve and other fascinating places.

If you are interesting in learning more about her experience and travels to Peru, you can contact her at olgabelichenko@ukr.qsi.org. Also, to contact the tour guide she used for this trip, Richard Vilca, of whom she said, was extremely honest, responsible and flexible, you can contact him at toursperu2011@hotmail.com