Lima is the capital of Peru, the second largest country in South America after Brazil and Argentina.
The Palacio de Gobierno is also known as House of Pizzarro, or Government Palace. This Neo-Classic building was rebuilt in 1937 and stands on the foundation of the former Pizzarro Palace. In the palace gardens is the house in which Pizzarro was killed.
Lima, 'The City of Kings', became the capital of the largest region in Spanish South America and was where the viceroys of the Spanish crown resided. During colonial times, this city was the largest, most populated, finest and most cultivated city on the continent. Some of the most beautiful colonial buildings in South America are to be found in Lima’s old town along with carved balconies of Moorish origin.
Huaraz is the 3,050 meter high capital of the Ancash Departamento in the White Mountain range, the Cordillera Blanca. Several natural catastrophes destroyed the majority of the old houses and many people were killed. In 1824, Simon Bolivar built his headquarters there prior to his bloody struggle for Peru’s independence.
The valley oasis of Nazca, which played an important role during the early history of Peru, is a desolate area in the south of the country. A small airport is the starting point of a journey to one of the world’s greatest mysteries, the enigma of Nazca culture. Images of humans, animals and geometric forms scattered over an area of 1,000 km˛, like the pages of some fantastic historical and astronomical book, created by the Nazca between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.
The 8,300 km˛ Lake Titicaca is located at an altitude of 4,000 m in the Andes Mountains on the border that divides Peru and Bolivia. Then there’s Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas!
Peru is a country full of mystery and ancient history. A land of mountains, desert and jungle. A precious gem on the edge of the world!