Lonely Planet spotlights Peru's top five tourist attractions

Tuesday April 23, 2013
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Lonely Planet spotlights Peru

According to the Lonely Planet Travel Magazine, Peru´s Top Five tourist attractions are as follows: Machu Picchu, the Floating Reed Islands in Lake Titicaca, the Cordillera Blanca, Colonial Arequipa, Manu National Park.

The award-winning publication has referred to Machu Picchu as a "fantastic Inca citadel lost to the world until its rediscovery in the 20th century." It also points out that Machu Picchu has managed to survive 6 centuries of earthquakes, foreign invasion, and harsh weather.

The manmade Floating Reed Islands (Islas Uros) of Lake Titicaca, are also highlighted. Their building material, dried reeds of the local Totora plant, needs to be nearly constantly replaced. These reeds are also used to build the island´s thatched houses, boats, playgrounds for the children, among other things.

The magazine also focuses on the Cordillera Blanca, whose dramatic peaks stand sentinel over Huaraz, capital of the Ancash region, and its surroundings, along with the region’s Glacial lakes, massive Puya Raimondi plants and the Parque Nacional Huascaran.

Arequipa gets credit for being Peru´s 2nd largest city, and “primarily a Spanish colonial city that hasn’t strayed far from its original conception. Its ethereal natural setting, amid snoozing volcanoes and the high pampa is complemented by a 400-year-old monastery”, the publication says.

According to the publication, Manu National Park, begins in the Andes and extends to the jungle, and offers some of the best adventure available in the Peruvian Amazon. It is also the best-protected wilderness in Peru, affording the opportunity to see famous creatures of the jungle such as the anaconda, tapir, macaws, and jaguars.

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