Within a country roughly one-third the size of the U.S., one finds the jagged cordillera of the Andes and its tallest mountain peak, Aconcagua; the horizon-less pampas or prairies, of the heartland; 18 national parks; seaside, lake and ski resorts; colonial towns; the fjords of Patagonia in the south and the Indian villages of the north; and of course, the lively, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.
The country’s capital, Quito, is a welcoming, culture-rich town with scenery that takes one’s breath away. Nearly two miles high and almost directly on the equator, this Andean capital stretches along the foothills beneath the Pinchincha Volcano, and in its superb colonial churches all that glitters is undoubtedly pure gold.
Tourism to Peru is booming and its capital city is now a must-visit destination. What’s old is new in Lima, showing off her rich history in the Larco Museum and highlighting her colonial splendors with the Magic Circuit of Water—high-tech fountains set to lights and music in historic Plaza Mayor.