Peru’s Eter­nal Al­lure秘鲁探秘

ZbBZ (Singapore) - - IN THE FIRST PLACE - Dr Ng King Kang

From the beaches to the deserts, from the high­lands to the forests, and from the past to the present, Peru has l ong been the per­fect play­ground of archaeologists and ex­plor­ers. Of late, this Latin Amer­i­can na­tion has also put it­self on the food map in a big way, where a tourist may as likely fly half­way across the world to savour ceviche as to see Machu Pic­chu. A ma­jor l and grab i s also on­go­ing i n the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor as global ho­tel brands in­vade Peru to serve its ris­ing num­ber of in­bound trav­ellers.

On my re­cent trip to South Amer­ica, I passed through Brazil, Ar­gentina, Chile and Peru, spend­ing most of my time i n the l at­ter. While my itin­er­ary was packed, noth­ing could take away from the rich ex­pe­ri­ences that each and ev­ery one of th­ese places of­fered to me. From the Nasca Lines to Cusco, Machu Pic­chu and the Sa­cred Val­ley, my breath was taken away at each stop of my j our­ney through this mys­te­ri­ous and mag­nif­i­cent land of old.

What added to its beauty was how peo­ple re­sponded to it. From the silent revelry that filled many of the im­por­tant spots, it was clear that lots of peo­ple were ful­fill­ing a dream and were touched by what they saw. At Machu Pic­chu, I was moved to tears by the scene of a fa­ther and son, who had taken a pho­to­graph of their late wife and mother up the moun­tain, and pleaded to en­ter the site on time be­cause she had al­ways wanted to catch the sun­rise there.

At Cen­tral Res­tau­rante i n Lima, re­cently ranked South Amer­ica’s best, I tasted my first Latin Amer­i­can meal and left crav­ing for more. And then there’s the mar­vels of the Inca civil­i­sa­tion, which mod­ern peo­ple may find hard to un­der­stand. Truly, be­ing there tells me that the his­tory of the an­cient civil­i­sa­tions i s feel­ing l ess and l ess li ke a mo­ment from the past, as we get ac­quainted with them, one trav­eller’s tale at a time.

In this month’s Peru spe­cial, I hope to con­vince you that this fas­ci­nat­ing land should hop to the top of your bucket list to be your next

travel des­ti­na­tion. 海滩、沙漠、高原、森林,到神秘的古文明,秘鲁一直是考古学家和探险家的乐园。这个近期在美食地图上占有一席之地的南美洲国家,每年吸引的旅客不断增加,各大奢华酒店集团也纷纷在该地扩展业务。

不久前的南美洲之行,在巴西、阿根廷、智利和秘鲁四国当中,我在秘鲁呆的时间最久,行程虽然匆忙,但丝毫没有削弱一景一物给予我的震撼。纳斯卡线条、库斯科古镇、马丘比丘遗址,以及圣谷的清幽,每一处都有让人惊叹的地方,使我对这个神秘古国有了一次难忘的初体验。

在马丘比丘,一对父子想方设法要将妻子/母亲的遗照带上山,那一幕让我飚泪;在利马的Cen­tral Res­tau­ran­te品尝的拉丁美洲第一美食,盘绕在我舌尖久久不散,还有无法用常识解释的古印加文明,都在在说明秘鲁有很多东西值得发掘。

这一期的秘鲁专题,虽不足以概括这整个国家,但作为一个开场式的介绍,我有信心秘鲁会成为你下一个想探索的大地。

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