Within a bus ride of Machu Picchu is a fissure twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, home to soaring condors, endless trekking routes and little-altered Inca and Pre-Inca traditions.
With the great monumental sites of the world becoming more easily accessible, important cultural and historical sites are being damaged by poorly managed tourism and overcrowding.
Away from the noise of downtown, the southern barrio of Barranco is a favoured hangout of poets, writers, painters and sculptors, inspired by the coastal scenery and lapping waves.
Arequipa has some of the country’s most varied and inventive cuisine – from traditional fare in generations-old picanterías to modern Novoandina with its clever twists on the classics.
While cocaine-producing Colombia and cocaine-transiting Mexico are plagued by government warnings, the narco-trafficking corridor in-between is relatively free of travel alerts.
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