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Lima's Miraflores district is a pleasant, tourist-friendly part (Credit: Getty Images)

Lima's Miraflores district is a pleasant, tourist-friendly part of the city of 10 million. (March 21, 2013)

Peru

Explore Peru, from the bustle of Lima to historic wonderment of Machu Picchu.

The bay of Miraflores in Lima. (March 23,
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The bay of Miraflores in Lima. (March 23, 2013)

In El Olivar Park in Lima, Peru, olive
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In El Olivar Park in Lima, Peru, olive trees dating from saplings first planted in the 16th century by the Spanish grow in a peaceful residential section of the San Isidro district. (June 21, 2012)

Lima's Miraflores district is a pleasant, tourist-friendly part
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Lima's Miraflores district is a pleasant, tourist-friendly part of the city of 10 million. (March 21, 2013)

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Find pre-Columbian art at Lima's flower-draped Museo Nacional
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Find pre-Columbian art at Lima's flower-draped Museo Nacional de Arqueología, famous for X-rated pottery.

The Museo Nacional de Arqueología in Lima.
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The Museo Nacional de Arqueología in Lima.

People tour the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru's
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People tour the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru's top tourist destination. (March 26, 2008)

People tour the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru's
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People tour the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru's top tourist destination. (March 26, 2008)

Sheltered by a parasol, travelers take in the
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Sheltered by a parasol, travelers take in the classic Machu Picchu view from just below the site's ancient guardhouse.

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Tourists walk among the ruins of the Machu
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Tourists walk among the ruins of the Machu Picchu citadel. (July 6, 2011)

Tourists walk among the ruins of the Machu
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Tourists walk among the ruins of the Machu Picchu citadel. (July 6, 2011)

The town of Aguas Calientes in Peru, also
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The town of Aguas Calientes in Peru, also known as El Pueblo de Machu Picchu, stands at the foot of Machu Picchu and near the railroad tracks that lead to Cusco.

Llamas patrol the ruins at Machu Picchu, charming
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Llamas patrol the ruins at Machu Picchu, charming tourists and nibbling the grass.

At Machu Picchu's sculpted Intihuatana stone, known as
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At Machu Picchu's sculpted Intihuatana stone, known as "hitching post of the sun," guides invite travelers to hold out their hands and feel for emanating energy.

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A view of Cusco from the Museum of
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A view of Cusco from the Museum of Coricancha.

In the Sacred Valley outside Cusco, Peru, livestock
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In the Sacred Valley outside Cusco, Peru, livestock are still crucial to daily life.

A weavers' collective in Chinchero, in the Sacred
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A weavers' collective in Chinchero, in the Sacred Valley also known as the Urubamba Valley.

The town of Maras, in the Sacred Valley,
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The town of Maras, in the Sacred Valley, is known for its shimmering Salineras, or "salt pans," where the Inca harvested salt in terraced holding ponds. Tourists walk along the spring which fed the pools as a local tour guide explains what the mining process was like.

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