Peru – Cusco, Machu Picchu, The Amazon Rainforest

Peru is truly a land of great mystery and wonder. From ancient lost city of Machu Picchu that has no written history of origin to the mystical Amazon Rainforest. If adventure is what your after, then Peru is where you want to be.

This Lux Adventure began in Cusco, a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. Cusco sits at over 11,000 feet in elevation making it a great place to acclimatize and prepare for the train ride and trek to Machu Picchu. It is the historical Capital of Peru and receives nearly 2 million visitors a year from around the world.

The main attraction to this part of Peru is a ancient city brought back to life and revealed to the world in the early 1900’s named Machu Picchu. It is a common belief among archaeologists that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti who lived between 1438–1472. The city was revealed to the modern world by Hiram Bingham, an American historian and lecturer at Yale University who discovered the ruins of Machu Picchu in 1911. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

The final piece of this adventure to Peru lead us down from the Andes mountains deep in the Amazon Rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine separate nations. The major part of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the most biodiverse area of tropical rainforest on the planet, with around 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. The wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest is also some of the most biodiverse and dangerous including…jaguar, anaconda and river camen just to name a few.

From ancient lost cities to mysterious jungles…Peru is truly the place for the ultimate adventure.

Photos from this adventure

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