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|It will cost you a couple of soles to spend an afternoon amongst these magnificent rock formations. (Photos by Nathan Paluck) See more photos from Huayllay.|
"It’s like being on another planet," said a philosophy student from Lima who was spotted hiking around the rock forest with friends.
Huayllay (pronounced why-yaee), in Peru’s central Andes, seems untouched by the tourism industry. A collective taxi from Cerro de Pasco will drop you off at a visitors hut, where a park ranger will invite you in for two soles. Enough to let you wander the forest for several hours.→
|The mining city of Cerro de Pasco. See slide show of Cerro de Pasco. (All photos by Nathan Paluck)|
By Nathan Paluck
I’ve wanted to visit Cerro de Pasco ever since I saw it listed last for Peru tourist destinations. Cerro de Pasco is a mining city about 2.7 miles high, frigid, low on oxygen and high on pollution. The fact that an open copper mine is swallowing the city was also an incentive.
To visit such a bleak place seemed perfect for Semana Santa vacation weekend, when fun travel seems an obligation in Latin America. In Lima I bought a 50-sol ticket at Empresa Transportes Junin, and arrived at dawn seven hours later.→
|A Peru traveler arrives to Chiclayo. (Photo: Irvine via Flickr)|
By Andrew Kolasinski
Magic has a long history in Chiclayo, Peru.
Seven hundred years ago the Sican wizards of Tecume looked down on the Lambayeque valley from atop their pyramid castles. From these lofty perches they kept the population safe from natural disasters like earthquakes, draught, tsunamis, and storms. As long as the tribute and sacrifices kept coming, that is.→
|The view from Casa Andina in Puno.|
By Dyana Gonzales
Some of the best things about Peru are its biodiversity, landscapes and food. Local Peruvian magazine Somos had some excellent suggestions on the best ways to enjoy these during Holy Week and below we highlight some of our favorites.
|Easter Island’s famous stone statues, called Moai, on the south coast. (All photos by Sonia Kandathil) See slide show.|
By Sonia Kandathil
When my husband and I heard that LAN was offering special $300 flights from Peru’s capital to Rapa Nui, known as Easter Island or Isla de Pascua in Spanish, we jumped at the chance to bond with Moai (stone statues) that are peppered throughout this open-air museum of an island.
(The island’s name changes depending on with whom you are speaking, but for this article, I’ll call it Rapa Nui — it rolls off my tongue more easily than the others.)→
From left: September fairs in Trujillo, October’s Señor de los Milagros in Lima, Scissor dancers→
By Dyana Gonzales
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