The usual tourist route through Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu–beautiful and sublime.

Peruvian territory was home to the ancient Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic upswing.

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Andes mountains from the air
Andes mountains from the air...
Couple watching, near Cuzco
Couple watching, near Cuzco...
Cuzco over view
Cuzco over view...
Cuzco roofs and La Campania church
Cuzco roofs and La Campania church...
Cuzco La Campania church at night
Cuzco La Campania church at night...
Cuzco cathedral door
Cuzco cathedral door...
Cuzco cathedral (started 1559)
Cuzco cathedral (started 1559)...
Cuzco phone booth
Cuzco phone booth...
Cuzco Sacsayhuaman ruins (small portion)
Cuzco Sacsayhuaman ruins (small portion)...
Cuzco Sacsayhuaman ruins close-up
Cuzco Sacsayhuaman ruins close-up...
Cuzco woman with red bowler
Cuzco woman with red bowler...
Cuzco weaver
Cuzco weaver...
Cuzco City rainbow flag
Cuzco City rainbow flag...
Inca trail- Cuzco to Machu Picchu
Inca trail- Cuzco to Machu Picchu...
Inca trail straw bridge
Inca trail straw bridge...
Inca wooden drawbridge (sometimes washed out)
Inca wooden drawbridge (sometimes washed out)...
Woman and llama on trail
Woman and llama on trail...
Machu Picchu over view
Machu Picchu over view...
Machu Picchu panorama
Machu Picchu panorama...
Machu Picchu morning mist
Machu Picchu morning mist...
Machu Picchu steep terraces
Machu Picchu steep terraces...
Machu Picchu terraces for crops
Machu Picchu terraces for crops...
Machu Picchu morning mist 2
Machu Picchu morning mist 2...
Machu Picchu perfect stone cuts
Machu Picchu perfect stone cuts...
Machu Picchu stone & flower
Machu Picchu stone & flower...
Machu Picchu semi-tame llama
Machu Picchu semi-tame llama...
Machu Picchu earthquake damage
Machu Picchu earthquake damage...
Machu Picchu view through stone window
Machu Picchu view through stone window...
Machu Picchu local waiter
Machu Picchu local waiter...
Machu Picchu railside shop
Machu Picchu railside shop...
Machu Picchu old man
Machu Picchu old man...
Mother and son
Mother and son...
Peru Quechua woman
Peru Quechua woman...
Native costumed dolls
Native costumed dolls...
Train stop tapestry vendor
Train stop tapestry vendor...
Native tapestry
Native tapestry...