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Lima, Peru – 5 reasons why the Larco Museum is special and 5 more reasons to visit Barranco

The Larco Museum

In 2017 the Larco Museum won Trip Advisors award for the top 25 museums in the world. The Larco Museum (Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera) is a privately-owned museum of pre-Columbian art that is well worth a visit. If you have a chance to get to Guayacamin in Quito then they are worth comparing. The Larco museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal structure that has been built on top of a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid.

The beauty of Paracus, Peru

The beauty of Paracus: Peru’s often overlooked destination

By Eva Stelzer

It’s extremely popular to want to tick off those “10,000 places to see before you die,” but when you do travel to a bucket list destination, be sure to seek out nearby places that give you something exceptional to remember and talk about with your friends.

When one more friend says they’re going to Machu Picchu, you want to tell them also to visit the desert peninsula of Paracas, Peru’s often missed destination of exquisite beauty, just 260 miles south of Lima.

Paracas is where miles of sand dunes meet the bluest of seas. The Paracas National Reserve on the Ica Peninsula is a coastal subtropical desert. There is no public transportation to get there, but a group or private tour can be arranged for you. Considered one of the richest and most unique ecosystems in the world, Paracas is for people who love nature, want to see the desert, and are interested in the wildlife. A marine reserve is dedicated to the protection and the conservation of the sea ecosystems, as well as for the protection of the cultural and historical patrimony of the pre-Incan Paracas culture.

“Considered one of the richest and most unique ecosystems in the world, Paracas is for people who love nature, want to see the desert, and are interested in the wildlife.”

Must-Visit Travel Destinations: Chinchero Market

Spectacularly sited at an elevation of 12,500 feet, with a breath-taking view of snow-capped mountains, lies Chinchero, one of the most typical towns in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In that town, bright and early each Sunday morning, the authentic, Chinchero Market spreads out before ancient, Inca ruins. Early each Sunday morning, local Indians meet to sell their handicrafts at the market, as they have done for centuries.

As one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, it has far fewer tourists and far more locals than the nearby town of Pisac. Artisans (or artisania) dressed in traditional, colorful clothing come to buy and sell their handmade crafts and produce.

Must-Visit Travel Destinations: Machu Picchu

It’s one of the top ten must-see destinations in the world, and rightfully so. Passionate travellers from all over the world flock to Machu Picchu, the 15th century Inca site that is full of beautiful, historic structures which provide insight into a culture long gone.

Located high in the Andes Mountains in what is known as the Cusco Region of Peru, Machu Picchu was brought to the attention of the modern world when it was rediscovered by a Peruvian guide and Yale professor Hiram Bingham. The site had ironically never been lost to local mountain people who still grew crop on the terraced hills. The most interesting aspect of the site is it’s precise location. Astronomers spent two years charting the path of the sun so that the summer solstice would shine through the entrance gate of the summer palace. Today, when hikers walk the trails to enter Machu Picchu, they enter via the sun gate after a 4-day trek of amazing vistas and experiences.

Testimonial: Machu Picchu Holiday, Peru

“Eviactive planned a wonderful holiday for my husband and I in Peru. All the hotels and tours were recommended from personal experience so I knew I could trust each place and operator. Eva made a lot of personal recommendations as far as hotels, restaurants, and things to try. The private guided Lares Trek was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget. Eviactive worked hard to accommodate our dates, and planned a logical, packed but not too-packed, fascinating itinerary. I would recommend her services to everyone and definitely use her for my next holiday planning.”

-Naomi Wohl, Toronto, Ontario