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Peru, the sacred valley of the Incas

From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, to the sacred town of Machu Picchu, following the stream of the Urbamba river, Peru offer to its visitors an extraordinary panorama as well as a journey through time.

Officially discovered in 1911, the ancient city of Machu Picchu remains a mystery on the architectural aspect but also in its social and religious role for the Incas and their Emperor Pachacutec. This historical site that is the highest dead city in the world has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and tourists from the entire world travel there to admire the wonders left by the Inca civilization.

40 kilometres south, located on hillsides, on terraces at 3300 meters above sea level, a watercourse goes through 5000 salt fields that produce since 800 years one of the best salt in the world. The village that gives its name to the place, Maras, is one of stops in the sacred valley of the Incas that measures the agricultural engineering of this pre-Columbian civilization.

With its complex past, constructed with major events and beautiful legends, the city of Cusco has kept its remarkable monuments and its great coherence. Its now, with its prodigious blend of Inca and colonial facades, a multicultural city. With its imposing ruins and its particular way of being spread out, Cusco keeps its Inca heritage. With its freshly whitewashed low houses, its palace, and its wonderful baroque churches, Cuscos architecture relates to its history of colonisation by the Europeans.

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