"... we were able to maximize our time and see everything we set out to see and more!"
Elizabeth M. & Ricardo M. W'ville, WA
Peru is one of Latin America's most popular travel locations, and for a very good reason! The rich cultural history began with the region's pre-Columbian populations, which have also left behind a wealth of fascinating archeological sites. The Incan empire dominated much of the Andean region between the 12th century and the 14th century, forever altering the cultural blend of Peru.
After Columbus "discovered" South America in the 1500's, there was a period of turmoil as the Incans collided with the Spanish conquistadors. Eventually, in 1826 Peru achieved independence from Spain and moved forward in developing as a nation and as a distinct cultural force in Latin America.
There is an unending list of other cultural elements of Peru, such as Peruvian's love for soccer, the abundance of pre-Hispanic art and handicrafts, the influence of the Quechua language, and much more. Seeing Peru firsthand, you will learn more than any book could ever tell you about the beautiful customs, people, and heritage of this expressive country and culture.
The cuisine of Peru also reflects the rich cultural history of the country, incorporating the land's natural agriculture and the blend of cultural influences. Peruvian food is known all over the world as one of the most delicious, unique cuisines, so whether you're a foodie, a timid eater or just like to explore new dishes, come prepared to eat well.
Some of Peru's most popular dishes include ceviche, papa a la huancaina, picarones, and many more traditional ingredients native to the region. Peru is also the home of pisco, a type of liquor elaborated from white grapes. This is made into the popular cocktail called a pisco sour, which is known around the world.