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Aloft Lima Miraflores

LIMA / MIRAFLORES AREA, PERU

In Lima: Aloft Lima Miraflores Interweaving classic social scenes with a renewed sense of vibrancy, we offer amenities and services that are both high tech and high touch. Additionally, our incomparable location provides easy access to countless destinations for any corporate traveler or adventurer, including Barranco, Larcomar and el Malecon de Miraflores. An endless array of mouthwatering meals can be found throughout the city, or guests can enjoy a relaxing dining experience right here in the comfort of our hotel’s on-site restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, our menu is made up of a variety of delicious international and Peruvian dishes to savor after a meeting in one of our venues. Finally, end your night in our spacious hotel rooms and suites, complete with contemporary décor, floor-to-ceiling windows and complimentary Wi-Fi. Bring your hotel stay into the modern era at Aloft Lima Miraflores.

About Peru

In terms of natural beauty, Peru is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Talking about Peru invites you to describe the awesome geographical area, from beaches to snow-capped mountains, has bestowed the country with both cultural and ecological treasures. Within Peru’s borders are found 84 of the 104 eco-systems in the world today, and Peru is also recognized as one of the eight most diverse countries on Earth. Peru is also blessed with a rich and ancient past, chronicled by the thousands of archaeological sites that are left from the mighty Inca civilization.

The most important and world-known attraction, Machu Picchu, has been recently designated by National Geographic as the Destination of the Year which means that now more than ever, Peru is in every traveler’s bucket list!

Extraordinary off-the-beaten-path locations that offer to the world travelers the opportunity to partake on unique journeys while discovering, enjoying and experiencing Peru’s best kept secrets, from the tropical beaches of the north coast to the desert of Chiclayo and Trujillo, home of the Moche Empire, to the lost city of Choquequirao, to Huanchaco fishermen’s cove, famous for its totora reed boats called Totora Horses.

All of us at Peru Holiday Adventures invite you to be our guest and discover the vibrant diversity of this natural, cultural and historical wonder!

Exploring Peru

Loreto. Nature at its best! This is one of the two most important regions in Peru converging into the great Amazon River and considered a nature and biodiversity paradise. Take a direct flight from Lima to Iquitos and embark on an adventure of a lifetime either cruising the rivers of the Amazon region or exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve or the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, from the TreeHouse Lodge, one of the most fantastic lodges in the area.

Amazonas. Home of the Chachapoya Culture, this region is a must for those with an interest in archaeology and off-the-beaten-path historical places. The Amazonas is also a great place for nature lovers, birdwatching and orchids, and visitors interested in community tourism and voluntourism. Some of the most important attractions in the area are: Chachapoyas Ancient Ruins, Kuelap Fortified Citadel, Huamanpata Nature Reserve, La Chorrera Waterfall.

Cajamarca. rich in history and archaeology, this region is great for agro and religious tourism, birdwatchers, relaxation and health, hiking and walks in a very natural environment.

La Libertad. Home of the Chan Chan Citadel and several ancient Huacas (Temples), La Libertad is a great destination for archaeology enthusiasts, but also for birdwatchers, nature lovers and surfers. Yes, surfers. The Huanchaco beach in Trujillo is one of the most popular Peruvian beaches for surfing enthusiasts.

Lambayeque. A tomb containing the intact remains of Lord of Sipan, a member of the Moche royalty, was discovered In 1987 and since then, this region became popular as the home of powerful rulers and kings. Visiting the Huaca Rajada, also known as the Lord of Sipan Archaeological Complex and located in Chiclayo is a trip to a glorious past.

Piura. Being so close to the equatorial line, Piura offers beautiful light-tanned beaches to enjoy never ending summers.

San Martin. Without any doubt, the region of San Martin is a great place not just for archaeology and local traditions enthusiasts, but also for those interested in nature and adventure sports who enjoy waterfalls, wildlife, bird watching, hiking, rafting, and kayaking and adventure sports

Tumbes. Located in a privileged location, its beautiful coastline offers a variety of ecosystems, such as estuaries and mangrove swamps, the Pacific tropical rain forest in the Tumbes National Reserve and the dry, equatorial forest  in the Amotape Hills National Park. It’s a wonderful place for sun lovers, nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, and adventure sports.

Lima. The capital city of Peru is much more than the main gate to Machu Picchu as it has a great variety of attractions, historical places, ancient ruins, world-class museums, and it is also considered the gastronomic capital of the world. When visiting Peru, you may want to consider embarking at least in a Lima City Tour which will take you through Miraflores, the Historic Center and the Lima Cathedral. If you have a little bit more of time and want to learn more about Peru, we recommend a visit to the Larco Museum or the Barranco District, both located within the city limits. Other popular attractions within the city of Lima are: the Magic Water Circuit, La Dama Juana Folkloric Dances Show, the Gold Museum, the Archaeological Museum, Cooking Classes, and many more.

In the surrounding areas, a visit to the Pachacamac Archaeological Complex and a Peruvian Paso Fino Horses show can be a special treat and certainly a highlight of your Peru Vacation.

Ancash. Located in the Northwest coast and highlands of Peru, Ancash offers a very diverse geography, with beaches and very steep, snowy mountains in the Andes Mountain Range, including Huascaran, the highest peak in Peru. Due to its altitude, locals call Huascaran “the mirror of the sky”. Ancash is also home to the archaeological site of Chavin de Huantar.

Callao. Located only 12 km from downtown Lima and home to the Lima International Airport as well as the El Callao Port, the province of Callao should be actually considered the entrance gate to Peru. As of today, there are more than 30 international airlines flying daily in and out the Lima International Airport. The port El Callao is home to the main cruise terminal in the country. The most important cruise lines including Peru in their itineraries are Avalon Waterways, Celebrity, Crystal, Holland America, Oceania, Princess Cruises, Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea Cruises, Voyages of Discovery. Shore excursions to Machu Picchu are really popular among cruise’s travelers. In terms of local attractions, Palomino Island is only 45 minutes away and teems with animal life, including the South American sea lion, pelicans, guanay cormorants, red-legged cormorants, Peruvian boobies, and patillos.

Huancavelica. Used by the Inca Civilization as a military center and later during the colonial times as an important source of silver and mercury, Huancavelica boasts a past that is rich in history, culture, and traditions. This is a great destination to enjoy beautiful and therapeutic hot springs, adventure sports and community tourism.

Huanuco. Considered by Peruvians as the gateway to the Amazon, Huanuco is ideal for nature lovers, bird watching, and hiking. Thanks to its location at an altitude of 6,200 feet above sea level and a close to perfection weather, Huanuco is home to the Tino Maria National Park where a great variety of protected flora and fauna can be found.

Junin. This region offers one of the most diverse topography in Peru, from the rain forest in the jungle lowlands, the cloud forest and deep canyons in the Mantaro Valley, to the high plateaus with snowy and ice covered peaks and high glacier valleys in the Junin Plateau. Junin is also home to the Chinchayqucha Lake, a birdwatchers paradise.

Pasco. Even though the capital city and other major cities are located in the Andes Mountain Range, most of the region consists of high jungle ecosystems making it the ideal place for adrenaline lovers as activities such as rock-climbing, hiking, mountain biking, among others, are available in the area.

Ucayali. Describing this region in just a few words, we have to say that Ucayali is absolutely living Amazonian culture and nature! Just like the many indigenous communities living in the Amazon basin, the inhabitants of Ucayali continue embracing their ethnic customs and traditions. The region is a fantastic destination for visitors interested in living local traditions, culture,  folklore, and community tourism, as well as for nature lovers, birds and orchids watchers.

  • Ica: Nazca Lines, Paracas Bay
  • Cusco: Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park
  • Arequipa: The Colca Canyon, Chivay, The Cross of the Condor
  • Madre de Dios: The Amazon, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata National Reserve, Lake Sandoval, Manu National Park
  • Puno: Lake Titicaca, Uros Floating Islands, Taquile Island, Silustani
  • Ayacucho
  • Tacna
  • Moquegua
  • Apurimac

 

Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park

The Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park is located on a steep hill that overlooks the city from where one can admire an impressive view of the valley to the southeast. Surface collections of pottery at Sacsayhuaman indicate that the earliest occupation of the hill top dates back at least a millennium. Due to its location high above Cusco and its immense terrace walls, this area of Sacsayhuaman is frequently referred to as a fortress.

A typical visit to the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park includes: the Sacsayhuaman fortress, a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, built with huge rocks measuring up to 4 meters high; Q’enqo and the ancient temple of the Puma, which features an altar for sacrifices, and Tambomachay, the sacred fountains of life and health.

  • Sacsayhuaman Fortress | Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Cusco,  Peru: Sacsayhuaman is a walled complex near the old city of Cusco, at an altitude of 3,701 m. or 12,000 feet. The site is part of the City of Cuzco, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.When the Spanish conquerors first arrived to these lands; they could not explain themselves how Peruvian Indians could have built such greatness.Sacsayhuaman is one of the most imposing architectonic complexes inherited from the Inca society revealing some of the Incas’ most extraordinary architecture and monumental stonework. Usually referred to as a garrison or fortress — because it was constructed with forbidding, castle like walls, it was more likely a religious temple, although most experts believe it also had military significance.The Inca emperor Pachacutec began the site’s construction in the mid-15th century, although it took nearly 100 years and many thousands of men to complete it. Massive blocks of limestone and other types of stone were brought from as far as 32km (20 miles) away.
  • Q’enko | Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Cusco, Peru: Q’enko is a great limestone outcrop that was hollowed out by the Incas, and, in the void, they constructed a cave like altar. Some have claimed that the smooth stone table inside was used for animal sacrifices. Visitors can duck into the caves and tunnels beneath the rock or climb on the rock and see the many channels cut into the rock, where it is thought that sacrificial blood coursed during ceremonies. Q’enko might have been a site of ritual ceremonies performed in fertility rites and solstice and equinox celebrations.
  • Puca Pucara | Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Cusco, Peru:  A small fortress, just off the main Cusco-Pisac road, this might have been some sort of storage facility or lodge, or perhaps a guard post on the road from Cusco to the villages of the Sacred Valley. It is probably the least impressive of the sites in the area, although it has nice views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Tambomachay | Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Cusco, Peru:  The ruins of Tambomachay, also known as the Inca Baths, consist of three tiers of stone platforms. Water still flows across a sophisticated system of aqueducts and canals in the small complex of terraces and a pool, but these were not baths as we know them. Most likely this was instead a place of water ceremonies and worship. The exquisite stonework indicates that the fountains were used by high priests and nobility only.
  • The Sacred Valley of the Incas | Cusco, Peru: The Sacred Valley of the Incas stretches between Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and the legendary 15th-century city of Machu Picchu. Encompassing what was the fertile homeland of the Inca Empire (1438 to 1533), today the transcendent region -also known as the Urubamba Valley- is a quiet expanse of country that is steeped in Andean history and culture.Many visitors to Peru pass through the region quickly, jumping between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, the base town where many bookend a visit to Machu Picchu. But spending time in the Sacred Valley’s collection of small towns and archaeological sites offers both a glimpse into daily Peruvian life as well as a full picture of the accomplishments and operation of the once-glorious Inca Empire.
    Here, modernity and tradition are in equilibrium, with locals respectfully preserving their past, following many indigenous practices and observing centuries-old festivals and celebrations.
  • Pisac | The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, Peru: Pisac is located about 40km southeast of Urubamba and encompasses both a historic town and a striking Inca archaeological site, with a series of steep agricultural terraces and hilltop fortresses visible from the town’s central plaza. There are trails that lead over and through the terraces, tunnels, temples, tombs and ceremonial center, all engineered by the Incas for farming, worshipping and bathing.The Sun Gate, included in many of the Inca’s lofted towns, perfectly frames the setting sun during biannual solstices, as it has and will continue to do for centuries. The splendid views down and across the Urubamba Valley rival those of Machu Picchu, and unlike the iconic site, visitors often have hushed Pisac almost entirely to themselves.In downtown Pisac, one of the Sacred Valley’s largest fairs takes place daily, with Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays being the busiest. Vendors peddle handmade goods such as colorful woven knits and traditional Peruvian treats including grilled corn coated with cheese.
  • Ollantaytambo | The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, Peru: Once a country retreat for Inca royalty and nobility, Ollantaytambo is also where the Incas also fought some of their last battles, resisting Spanish conquest from the still intact fortress and staggered terraces rising up around the town. Climbing to the top of the village’s ceremonial center where Incas would worship yields panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, across the Patakancha and Urubamba Rivers.The gridded, cobblestoned town streets are the product of Inca city planning, dating back to the 1200s. Babbling waterways, branching from the nearby rivers, feed the still-flowing irrigation system that the Incas designed, their handiwork admired to this day.
  • Maras and Moray | The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, Peru: Located about 4km southwest of Urubamba, Maras comprises thousands of salt pans, a patchwork landscape of pinks, tans and browns descending into the valley. Originally constructed by the Incas, to this day Peruvians mine the flats, pounding out the salt under the hot sun, wearing wide-brimmed hats and traditional woven Andean dress. Visitors can trek down and around the flats, and small stands sell bags of the variously hued, edible salt.Just a few kilometers to the northwest, Moray is another ingenious Inca agricultural construction, though it is no longer in use. While it resembles a giant amphitheater with concentric terraces leading to the ground, it was created for agricultural experimentation. Each level corresponds to a different microclimate, which the Incas possibly used to test crops. The deepest center part was the hottest, and temperatures decreased as it moves outward, allowing the Incas to determine which climate was best suited to which crop.

 OUR HOLIDAY ADVENTURES WITH SACSAYHUAMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK


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