Machu Picchu & Lima
Peru is a country on the western part of South America. It's bordered by Chile on the southern side, Bolivia, Brazil, and Columbia on the east side, Ecuador on the north, and the South Pacific on the east. The population is 30,000,000. The land area is 496,225 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $10,600. Some of the rivers in Peru's are the Urubamba, the Mantaro, and the Amazon.The official language spoken is Spanish.
The Incas created and maintained a vast empire of Pre-Columbian America. They dominated a large territory, which included Ecuador, part of Colombia, the northern half of Chile, and the north-west part of Argentina,and extended from Bolivia to the Amazonian forests and Peru. However, in 1532, Francisco Pizarro and his brothers landed in Peru, and killed booth crown princes. Claiming the territory for Spain. Peru declared independence in 1821, but Spain did not recognize the declaration until 1879.
Machu Picchu was an Incan emperor's estate. It's located on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley. It was built around the beginning of the 15th century. It is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas" and is one of the most well known places of the Incan past. It is surprisingly well preserved, for a 15th century city. The reason I chose this place is because I've heard about how beautiful the ruins were and how magnificent the view was. I wanted to see this place for myself. One of the pictures below is a view of Machu Picchu.
Lima in the capital of Peru. Lima is located on the coast of Peru, not too far from the ocean. I chose this place because in my travels, I want to see a known tourist attraction and the capitol of whatever country I visit. This place is interesting to me because It's so bright and colorful. It's much different from the Inca ruins I just visited. While in Lima I visited a particular place called the Saint Francis Monastery. This church was completed in 1774 and it's architecture is a beautiful example of the style of Spanish Neoclassicism. The church and convent are a part of the Historic Center Of Lima. It was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1991. The picture below is the entrance to the church. The bottom picture is a birds eye view of Lima.