(Peru is South America's third largest country, covering 1,285,215 sq. km., and can be divided into three distinct geographic regions. The best known of these is the central high sierra of the Andes, with its massive peaks, steep canyons, and extraordinary pre Columbian archaeological sites, like the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu. Also of great interest is Peru's narrow, lowland coastal region. Lima, Trujillo, and Chiclayo, three of Peru's major population centers, are located along this coastal desert. Peru's third great region is the dense forest that surrounds the headwaters of the Amazon with its mysterious emerald depths.
Videos (best viewed with high speed connections)
Our Trip to South America - Part One (Peru)
Our Trip to South America - Part 2 (Equador and the Galapagos Islands)
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Pictures from Peru
Pictures from Equador and the Galapagos
(An archipelago of 12 large and several hundred smaller volcanic islands occupying a 3,000-square-mile area about 650 miles west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands have become one of the world's premier adventure travel destinations. As you travel from island to island on your choice of a 3-night, 4-night, or 7-night cruise, you're sure to enjoy up-close views of unusual, specially-adapted animals, plants and terrains including sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, land and sea birds, volcanic landscapes, unusual cacti and vegetation. Little has changed about the islands since Charles Darwin's visit in 1835 to "this little world within itself" inspired his first theories of evolution. Nearly the entire archipelago is a natural sanctuary where you'll have thrilling encounters with some of the world's last completely untamed wildlife that have never learned to fear the presence of man.)