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Central and Southern Coast Region of Peru

The coast of Peru around and south of Lima is a great area for exploring wildlife, Pisco, beaches and sandboarding, natural oases, pre-Columbian history and the White City of Arequipa, the Nazca lines and the extremely deep Colca Canyon. Adventure and sporting opportunities abound. Articles, maps, guided tours and resources for tourism, sightseeing, geography, art and entertainment, sports and recreation, for the Peruvian coast south of Lima/Callao.
  1. Nazca Lines

How to Spend 24 Hours in Lima

Paracas and the Islas Ballestas - Galapagos of Peru
The area offers fantastic wildlife viewing of birds and marine animals, plus a look at the ancient Paracas culture.

Overview Of The Barranco District Of Lima
The cultural heart of Lima, Barranco is becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists seeking boutique hotels and a bohemian experience.

The Miraflores District of Lima

Colca Canyon, Peru
The Colca river begins high in the Andes, at Condorama Crucero Alto, drops down to the Pacific in stages, changing its name to Majes and then Camana as it goes. Where it runs between the tiny mountain villages of Chivay to Cabanaconde is a deep canyon known as the Colca Canyon. Here, condors soar above the canyons and high into the thin mountair air.

Colca Canyon - Rio Colca and Cruz del Condor
The Colca river begins high in the Andes, at Condorama Crucero Alto, drops down to the Pacific in stages, changing its name to Majes and then Camana as it goes. Where it runs between the tiny mountain villages of Chivay to Cabanaconde is a deep canyon known as the Colca Canyon.

Giant Condors Fly in Peru's Colca Canyon
"Two-mile deep Colca Canyon is off the radar screen of most Americans planning a trip to Peru, but it’s one of the most memorable places in the country. This giant gash in the earth isn’t easy to get to, but when you’re standing at the Cruz del Condor lookout gawking at the swooping giant condors you know it’s worth the five-hour drive on rugged dirt roads over 17,000-foot-high passes."

Peru's Parador del Colca Ecolodge
"Once you’ve settled in it’s hard to leave Parador del Colca, a seven-room ecolodge near the rim of Peru’s Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world."

Pictures of Giant Condors, Native Indians and Colca Canyon, Peru
Life in Colca Canyon, high in the Peruvian Andes, moves along at a pace set in pre-Inca times. These pictures show the weather-beaten faces of locals, giant condors swooping on the updrafts in the canyon and the terraces where locals have grown crops for centuries.

Pisco - Wildly Popular in Peru and Chile
Pisco is a brandy or aguardiente distilled from the white muscat grapes grown in two main regions of South America: the area around Pisco, described in A miracle of man and the desert, and the Valle del río Elqui in central Chile.

Tour the Monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru
The Monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru is not a single building but many within a complex of 20,000 square meters that was home for Dominican nuns for centuries. Opened to the public in 1970, this religious community is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture, art and life in a city within a city.

Santa Catalina Monastery - Arequipa, Peru
Enter the gates into the adobe brick walled community of the ]Santa Catalina de Siena Monastery in Arequipa, Peru and step back 400 years in time. Opened to the public in 1970, this religious community is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture, art and life in a city within a city.

Lima, - Capital of Peru and City of Kings
Lima is called the City of Kings for the day it was founded. A vastly important colonial city, Lima now suffers the ills of modern cities, but visitors who rush through it on the way to Peru's other attractions are missing a wealth of history and culture

Things to Do and See in Lima, Peru
Lima is more than a city to rush through on your way to other destinations in Peru. It is a city rich in culture and things to do and see. Here you can tour the museums displaying the history and anthrologogy of the past, the richness of the Inca empire, the many regional varieties of the country, plus enjoy the neighboring beaches and sports, plus a zoo where you can see many of the country's wildlife up close. Enjoy Lima!

Impressions of Lima
Trip report, suggestions and comments from Gerald Erichsen, About's Spanish Language Guide, include getting about in taxis, things to do and see, plus a lodging reccommendation.

Saint Rose of Lima - Patroness of the Americas
Saint Rose of Lima, the first Saint of the Americas, was born in Lima in 1586 and died there in 1617 after turning away from the secular life and living a life of self-mortification and extreme religious practices. Her devotion to her beliefs, her piety and her example are remembered annually on August 30, the feast day of Santa Rose de Lima.

Lima Restaurant Choices
Take the time to enjoy a varied and increasingly adventurous experience with these various restaurants in Lima. Your choices range from a neighborhood Chinese restaurant, known as a chifa and Japanese restaurants, cevicherias, to criollo and traditional restaurants and international cuisine.

"Most of the best restaurants in Lima are located in Miraflores, though some are to be found in…

Lima Hotels
Compare rates, amenities and ratings before clicking on a hotel link for details and online booking. From Kayak.

Birdwatching at the Mejia National Lagoon Sanctuary
Birdwatching at the Mejia National Lagoon Sanctuary

How To Spend A Day In Arequipa, Peru

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