Peru Gears Up for the 17th Bolivarian Games

By Paige, Nicaragua, April 2012

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While the bulk of international visitors travel Peru’s southern loop—usually taking in Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Arequipa, the Nazca Lines and/or Colca Canyon—the north beckons with its own amazing ruins, rainforests, beaches, and culinary delights.

The region’s urban center is Trujillo, capital of La Libertad Department, and the third-largest city in Peru (after Lima and Arequipa). Though festive, it isn’t exactly the quiet, colonial destination one tends to associate with Peru; it’s a big, messy, modern city, attractive to the casual traveler primarily for its easy access to some of the nation’s historical gems. Tourist often prefer the smaller towns of Chiclayo, about 200km (124mi) north of Trujillo on the Pacific Coast; or mountainous Cajamarca (about 100km/62mi) northeast of Trujillo, 2-3hrs), famed for the final battle between Incan Emperor Ahuatalpa and the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Peru Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Peru.

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