Best Places to Stay in Peru (II)

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Best Places to Stay in Peru (II)

Peru, officially known as the Republic of Peru, is a fascinating country located in South America. It was home to ancient cultures spanning from the Norte Chico civilization – one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. Peru is a wide mixture of cultural traditions, worth visiting any time of the year. This is a review of the best accommodation options in Peru.

 

8. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Casa Vieja – This Chachapoyas inn blends Colonial style with local art. Comfort is quite high and prices are on the budget side.

 

9. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – Operated by Inkaterra, this hotel in Aguas Caliente combines the best aspects of staying in the cloud forest with some of the best accommodations in this small tourist town.

 

10. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Hotel Monasterio – This Cuzco gem is consistently ranked among the world’s best hotels. It is set in a monastery that was built over an Incan Palace. The amenities, restaurants, and services are all world-class.

 

11. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Luna Rumi – This Urubamba retreat is brand new, quiet, and more independent than many of its larger neighbors. The train to Machu Picchu can be caught right outside the front door.

 

12. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Las Arenas de Mancora – Now associated with the Libertador hotel chain, Las Arenas resembles a quaint, tranquil Caribbean resort with shady palm trees amid white sand and clear blue water, excellent cuisine, a stunning pool, and a number of other amenities.

 

13. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Sonesta Posada El Olivar – This classic San Isidro hotel is still one of the best options for business travelers and tourists. The suites here are some of the best in Lima.

 

14. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Country Club Hotel Lima – This high-end venue has long been the center of the social scene for Lima’s richest 1%. This national monument is all about classic style and features artwork from the Museo de Osma in Barranco throughout.

 

15. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Rural Farmhouse on Amantani – A classic tourist spot. A stay with a family on a Titicaca Isle opens you up to a completely different way of living, and allows you to encounter fantastic scenery and some of the brightest stars you will ever see.

 

Best Places to Stay in Peru (I)

Peru, officially known as the Republic of Peru, is a fascinating country located in South America. It was home to ancient cultures spanning from the Norte Chico civilization – one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. Peru is a wide mixture of cultural traditions, worth visiting any time of the year. This is a review of the best accommodation options in Peru.

 

1. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Explorama Lodges – This is Iquitos’ largest lodge operator and their numbers cannot be ignored. They have several lodges in different areas, so you can combine stays at any of them and get the chance to see a number of different habitats, forests, and fauna.

 

2. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Muyuna Lodge – Muyuna is south of Iquitos, not far from Pacaya Samiria and in close proximity to stunning scenery and wildlife. The price is one of the most reasonable I have found for the quality of the lodge, the guides, and overall accommodations and tours.

 

3. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Explorama Inn – This Puerto Maldonado legend is the most conservation-minded of any jungle lodge I have ever visited. The amenities are not as luxurious as other lodges, but the real reason you come to the jungle – for wildlife viewing – is the best.

 

4. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Posada del Puruay – This country estate near Cajamarca takes every opportunity to get you to enjoy the hills and fresh air. Their land is great for horseback riding, hiking, cycling, fishing, and just plain relaxing. The friendly sheepdogs that run around the grounds act as tour guides as well.

 

5. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Casa San Blas – This new hotel hidden in a small side street in San Blas in Cuzco is one of the most charming. The rooms are quite affordable and suites with kitchenettes are just a slight bit more.

 

6. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Tambo Viejo – A restored Victorian style home about 10 blocks from the center of Arequipa is one of the best budget options I have found in the country. There is a long list of amenities, clean rooms, and a vibrant social scene.

 

7. Best Places to Stay in Peru: Hotel Taypikala – This hotel in Chucuito, near Puno, is rumored to be owned by an Aymara shaman. The décor here is quite strange and enchanting, which can also be said for the lake and its people.

 

Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (I)

A World Heritage Site could be a lake, a forest, an island, a monument or a city, recognized for its symbolic role in history, and which today is a famous tourist attraction.

 

As of 2013, UNESCO has a total of 981 sites: 759 cultural sites, 193 natural sites and 29 mixed sites, scattered across 160 countries.

 

The country with the most numerous and most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Italy, with 49 sites, followed by China with 45 sites and Spain with 44 sites.

 

Each site considered by UNESCO a World Heritage Site remains part of the physical territory of the state it belongs to, but it is also under the protection of the international community.

 

In this article we will reveal some of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites that must be seen at least once in a lifetime:

 

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple in the Angkor region of Cambodia. It was built in the early 12th century for a local King and represents a model of Khmer Architecture of the highest level. It is the most well preserved archaeological site. Since its establishment, Angkor Wat has been the most important religious center, for both Hindu (dedicated to the God Vishnu), and Buddhists. It is the largest religious monumental complex in the world.

 

2. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is an ancient village located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). Between the 9th and the 13th centuries it was the center of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom which unified the regions that later formed the modern Burma.

 

3. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir Province. During the prehistoric era the first settlements have been established and the people built underground cities in the volcanic mountains to protect themselves from the wild animals. There are many underground cities in the Cappadocia area of Turkey, but Derinkuyu is the biggest one. Cappadocia is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and main tourist attractions in Turkey, due to its beautiful landscapes and rich history.

 

4. Hampi, India

Hampi is a village in the north of Karnataka State, India. It is located near the ruins of Vijayanagara, the hearth of the former Vijayanagara Empire. Older than Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religios site, housing the Virupaksha Temple and many other monuments belonging to the old city.

 

5. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Pichu is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites located on a mountain ridge at about 2,430 meters above sea level, in Peru. Many archeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Often referred to as the “Lost city of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is probably the most popular representation of Inca civilization.

Places to Visit Before It’s Too Late (II)

Climate changes and the increased number of tourists could lead to the disappearance of some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Let's continue our series of the places to visit before it's too late:

 

4. Macchu Picchu

Continuous urban development and constant flow of tourists (about 2,500 daily) endanger this last bastion of Inca civilization, located in Peru. The popularity of the "Lost City" among the tourists proves to be a fearsome enemy. The stone groundwork has been affected by erosion and parts of the buildings already collapsed due to landslides. Tourist facilities developing closer and closer to this ancient city endanger its very existence. So if you wanted to know which places to visit before it’s too late, you can start with Macchu Picchu.

 

5. Kilimanjaro

Few places in the world are as picturesque as this impressive volcanic mountain, nicknamed "Snowy Mountain" by the locals. Since it’s the highest mountain peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro is a true magnet for travelers and climbers all over the world. A recent study made by the National Academy of Science revealed that the snow on the peak of the mountain would disappear in the next 20 years. Taking into account that 85% of its layer melted in the last century, we do believe them, and add Kilimanjaro to our places to visit before it’s too late list.

 

6. The Great Barrier Reef

Known as one of the best diving destinations in the world, this underwater paradise from Australia is in danger of extinction due to the rising temperature of the ocean and pollution. According to a report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the 7.000 years old ancient reef is rapidly disintegrating and may not exist for more than 40 years.

 

7. The Dead Sea Scrolls

Located at the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea could dry up in the next 40 years. The sea has lost one-third of its volume in the last 20 years and the process continues. With the desire to stop this phenomenon, Israeli Authorities proposed building a canal to bring water from the Red Sea. However, specialists warned that the environmental risks are extremely high and that the project could permanently compromise the ecosystem of the Dead Sea. For example, the project could lead to algae multiplying in the Dead Sea, where nothing survives due to the high salinity of over 30%. As sad as it is, The Dead Sea is one of the most amazing places to visit before it’s too late.

 

8. Venice

The floating city of love might share the fate of Atlantis and be swallowed by waters in the near future. Sea level rises each year with up to 6 mm, which is a great threat to the integrity of the beautiful Italian town. Architects warned the authorities that the groundwork is increasingly battered due to the frequent floods. Unfortunately, the armies of millions of tourists only hasten the end of Venice. Locals have put a lot of faith in the "Mose Project”, which involves building 79 steel barriers on the Adriatic seabed, which will activate during big waves. The overall cost of the project was estimated at 4.7 billion euros. Venice is definitely one of the best places to visit before it’s too late.