Caral – The Oldest Civilisation

Personal blog by the founders of Go Andes:

At Go Andes we are always proud and privileged to be working in this industry. The aim of our business is to give others the opportunity to be able to visit amazing destinations, experience wondrous travel, and basically create great experiences and memories that people will take home forever. We have lived these experiences ourselves and only want to share them with you – our fellow travellers!

Additionally we also love researching new destinations, new tours, new places to visit, and offer fellow travellers something new and unique, but equally memorable.

We were incredibly proud and grateful to be offered the opportunity recently journeyed on a tour to the wonderful ruined city of Caral, north of Lima. Only discovered very recently, Caral is a sprawling site spread over more than 60 acres and encompassing more than 8 pyramids.

However the most impressive part of Caral is that it is the oldest discovered civilisation in the whole of the Americas, around 5000 years old and possible pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids. This discovery has made archaeologists rethink their understanding of American archaeology.

Visiting Caral is currently quite difficult, only by private tour from Lima (the journey takes around 3 hours each way by private vehicle). We can offer this private tour as part of any holiday to Lima – just ask for details. We highly recommend you do try to visit soon – currently only around 10-15 non-Peruvian tourists visit the site per day (compared to thousands to Machu Picchu), however the Peruvian government has plans to fully restore this site over the next 15 years and convert it into the Machu Picchu of the Pacific Coast, with plans to build 5 star hotels, resorts and the basics of a tourist support network over the next few years… so visit now before the crowds start to arrive!

 

The directors of Go Andes visit Caral on a research trip.

The directors of Go Andes visit Caral on a research trip.

The Amazon

Go Andes are very proud to be able to offer tours to the natural wonder that is the Amazon River and Amazon Rainforest.

Iquitos is the largest city in the world not accessible by road, with access only by river or air. Our tour will take you from Lima to Iquitos by air, and upon arrival in Iquitos you will be collected and transported by river boat into the deep jungle to a lodge of your choice. We have many options available to you – you can journey deep into the heart of the amazon, where the accommodation is more rustic but wildlife spotting opportunities are better, or stay in more luxurious accommodation only 2 hours from Iquitos, with swimming pool, and air-conditioning! Wherever you stay the Peruvian food is fabulous.

Luxury Amazon Lodge, with swimming pool, hammock area, air-conditioned rooms.

Luxury Amazon Lodge, with swimming pool, hammock area, air-conditioned rooms.

On the tour with us to the Amazon you will have the opportunity to spot  Amazonian pink river dolphins, go piranha fishing, walk through the Amazon rainforest tree tops on a canopy walkway, learn about the plants and wildlife, go on a night walk through the jungle to try to spot wildlife, and even meet a local indigenous tribe.

Canopy walkway through the tree-tops of the Amazon Rainforest.

Canopy walkway through the tree-tops of the Amazon Rainforest.

This is an experience you will never forgot, and what is more, after the Amazon leg of your Peru tour you will continue to the Inca capital of Cusco and onward to Machu Picchu!

Live and breathe the wonder of the Amazon, with Go Andes!!

Fabulous Lima

Lima is a must-visit destination on any holiday to Peru as the countries main international airport is in the capital.

Most people stay only one night, if at all, before catching onward flights to the Amazon or to the Inca city of Cusco for onward travel to Machu Picchu.

However here at Go Andes we believe that Lima is a must-visit destination, with some of the best archaeological sites on the pacific coast, fabulous Peruvian food, great nightlife, and world class museums. A must-visit and we encourage all to stay and enjoy this fabulous city with us.

Chachapoyas – The Cloud People

Recently the subject of a BBC documentary, here at Go Andes we are proud to be able to offer tours to the fabulous region of Chachapoyas, in northern Peru.

The area is much more difficult to visit for tourists than the more famous areas in Southern Peru, such as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Inca heartland in and around Cusco, and the famous valleys and canyons near Arequipa.

However the region of Chachapoyas features some of the most wonderful sights in the whole of Peru – the fabulous ruin of Kuelap, Gocta Waterfall, and the many tombs and chullpas in the area.

Visit the area of Chachapoyas and Northern Peru with Go Andes and make your dreams come true!

Fortress of Kuelap, near the city of Chachapoyas.

Fortress of Kuelap, near the city of Chachapoyas.

Peruvian Cuisine

Peru’s eclectic cuisine has recently been earning acknowledgement as one of the worlds finest. Between 2010 and 2012 London went from having just one solitary Peruvian restaurant, to five, with more to come… and as recently as December 2012 Peru won “Best Culinary Destination” at The World Travel Awards. Suddenly, and deservedly, everyone is talking about Peruvian food.

Criolla is the name given to the traditional Peruvian style of cooking (which usually involve meats, particularly chicken or sea food, blended with Peruvian aji chillies, lime juice and red onions and served over rice or potato), however that just skims the surface as the variety, beauty and complexity of the food and flavours any traveller to Peru will be able to experience. At Go Andes we believe the food you eat contributes just as much to any travel experience as the beautiful places you visit, and Peruvian food is as rich and diverse as its wildlife and birdlife and archaeology.

Northern Peru Adventure

Peru holiday experts Go Andes are now proud to be able to offer a wonderful tour extension to Northern Peru.

Less visited than the popular south, the northern parts of Peru contain some of the most wonderful ancient ruins in the whole of Peru.

Near the city of Trujillo the impressively large site of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, is a city within a city – uncountable walls, buildings and structures make up the site, so large that only part of it can be visited. Also on the outskirts of the city are the Moche adobe ruins of “Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol”.  Huaca de la Luna contains amazingly detailed and well preserved red, white and yellow wall paintings and decorations inside the pyramid structure.

Near the city of Chiclayo is the area known as Tucume which contains the largest concentration of pyramids in the world, around 250 pyramids built together in the valley by a mysterious culture that even more mysteriously disappeared practically overnight. If you choose to visit Chiclayo then Go Andes can let you into a secret: little known to the outside world, Peruvians, or Peruanos, believe the best Peruvian food comes from Chiclayo, so you will dine well here!

To reserve these tours or enquire about more information please contact Go Andes.

Wonders of Peru – Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu, recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is truly a majestic and awe-inspiring site.

Experts for Peru holidays in the UK, Go Andes, are incredibly proud to be able to offer you the opportunity to be able to visit this amazing Inca ruin.

Truly one of the most famous and majestic sites in the world, a visit to Machu Picchu will provide eternal and ever-lasting memories like no other travel experience.

Go Andes are proud to be able to offer many different ways to visit Machu Picchu:

  • Visit by train, from Cusco, on one of our tour itineraries. This is the luxury way to visit Machu Picchu, with a visit from Cusco through the famous Sacred Valley culminating in a luxury train ride to the Inca site of Machu Picchu.
  • Visit Machu Picchu the traditional way, including the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo along the Inca Trail arriving at Machu Picchu at sunrise on the morning of the 4th day.Image