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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trails

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Tumbes, an eco-paradise

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Ayacucho, tradition in Peru’s Andes

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The Sacred Valley of Cusco

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Iquitos: The gateway to Peru’s Amazon

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Huancavelica: Off the tourist route

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Huancayo and the Central Highlands

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Maarten Warnaars survives cold, uncomfortable nights on the second half of his Huayhuash trek. (Read part one here.) The rewards are spectacular mountain passes and quaint highland villages.

By Maarten Warnaars

Day Four
The next morning greeted us well. As usual we did not wait for the sun to hit to begin hiking. We headed up toward Portachuelo pass (4,785 meters) that unfolded into the Lima province.

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In front of Siula Pass at 4,835 meters in Peru’s Huayhuash mountain range.

By Maarten Warnaars

The Cordillera Huayhuash, located in Peru’s provinces of Ancash, Huánuco and Lima, is one of the most beautiful, majestic and challenging mountain ranges to hike in Peru. Every campsite and mountain pass has their unique wonders and breathtaking views that lie above 4,000 meters (13,100 ft). It is a spectacular area with each hiking day a marvel to discover. (It is also the location of the real life story and movie Touching the Void, filmed at the the foot of Siula Mountain.) The challenging treks around Huayhuash are done in a minimum of eight days, unlike other treks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be done in a few days.

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By Rodney L Dodig

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 See more photos from the visit to Chavin de Huantar.

The Chavin Culture spanned a great many years (1200 to 200 BC) in the history of this area. There are many theories about the origin of this culture but thanks to archaeological investigations performed over the years we know that there were three main periods of construction; the Urabarriu and Ofrendas (850 to 460 BC), the Chaquinani (460 to 390 BC) and the Janabarriu (390 to 200 BC). Chavin de Huantar was a religious and ceremonial center and was not a populated city. Only priests and certain elites stayed at the center.

Before visiting the archaeological site itself, I recommend that you visit the museum located on the edge of town. The museum is new and modern with excellent displays of artifacts from the site. I was surprised to find out that the building of this museum was a condition put on the return of artifacts that were taken from Chavin de Huantar to museums in Lima.

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