Lima. Aug. 29 (ANDINA). Guide books on Peru call it a country of contrasts. Of rich and poor. Native and mestizo culture. Of bustling coastal cities and traditional Andean towns literally built on the foundations of the Inca Empire. The books are right.
Journalist Chris Nichols and his wife left Southern California in late July to explore this South American country. ‘a destination that's not at the top of most travelers' lists. but ought to be.’ he says.
‘We had long wanted to visit Peru for separate reasons: I wanted to see Lima. the nation's capital where my father spent two of his high school years while my grandfather worked at the U.S. Embassy.
‘My wife. on the other hand. wanted to experience Machu Picchu. the ancient Inca city known to most only through stunning photographs in world history books.
‘We visited both places and others during our 10-day tour. which took us from coastal Lima to the Andean high country of Cuzco and finally to Machu Picchu. on the edge of the Amazon jungle.
‘At times it was a whirlwind adventure. complete with river rafting in the Andes and navigating the crowded streets of Lima. where cars rule the road and taxi rides are a white-knuckle experience. Click here to read his full story at North County Times.