Peru’s Eternal Allure秘鲁探秘
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。