DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Peru Pavilion won the Gold Award of Self-built pavilions – Category B for Exhibition Design at BIE’s Expo 2020 Dubai Official Participant Awards. To celebrate this achievement, we will take you on an imaginary journey through the country’s most beautiful attractions.
Machupicchu: this magical citadel of Machu Picchu that can be reached only by train or by foot along the Inca Trails. Trains to Machu Picchu depart from Cusco city or Ollantaytambo and take passengers to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes) from where they take a bus for around 20 mins to reach the archaeological complex on top of the mountain. Both modes of transport offer spectacular scenery as they snake their way among the snow-covered mountains, rivers, and picturesque countryside.
The Nazca lines: declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, the origin of these mysterious designs are said to have been created by the Nazca people somewhere between 500 BC and 500 AD. Their exact purpose has never been discovered. The designs range from simple shapes to detailed depictions of a monkey, a fish, a whale, birds and other animals, as well as trees and flowers. The only true way to appreciate the size and scope of the Nazca Lines is to see them from the air.
Lake Titicaca: the highest navigable lake in the world. According to Andean mythology, the children of the Sun god and founders of the Inca Empire, emerged from its waters. Lake Titicaca contains numerous islands whose inhabitants still continue with the customs and traditions of their ancestors, like the Uros community who live on “floating islands” made of totora reeds.
Northern Peruvian Amazon (Loreto): There are many ways to explore the Peruvian Amazon, but one of the most popular and unique ways is to cruise the Amazon River aboard a small ship or do tree canopy to admire the rainforest above the exuberant vegetation. Boat rides with binoculars in hand is typical of this region. The Victoria Amazonica, a giant water lily is typical in this region. There is much to see during the region’s two seasons, and both offer rich diversity in terms of plants and animal life. This region is also home to the three-toed sloth and the rare and beautiful pink dolphins.