"a llama keeps watch at machu picchu" by thomas wells via national geographic
i remember writing a book report on the incan empire, one of the largest empires in pre-columbian america, in 3rd grade and being interested in the country since. i'd like to visit my mom's birthplace and get a little closer to my own history.
lima is the capital of peru and in addition to being the cultural and architectural center of the country, it is known for having some pretty phenomenal food. there is a melting pot of cultures in the area and the food is a reflection of that, with asian, european, and traditional andean influences. check out this restaurant guide and if you go, make sure to try the signature dish of the region - ceviche. it's delicious!
the cusco (or "cuzco") region is home to the incan lost city of machu picchu, which is one of the new 7 wonders of the world. the incas built the citadel in a remote area that was never discovered during the spanish conquest, so fortunately, it was preserved.
have you ever been in peru? or visited your parent's birthplace? i'd love to hear about it!