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Lake TITICACA

The meaning of the name Titicaca is uncertain, but it has been variously translated as Rock of the Puma or Crag of Lead. Titicaca lies between Andean ranges in a vast basin (about 22,400 square miles [58,000 square km] in area) that comprises most of the Altiplano (High Plateau) of the northern Andes. In the snow-covered Cordillera Real on the northeastern (Bolivian) shore of the lake, some of the highest peaks in the Andes rise to heights of more than 21,000 feet (6,400 m).

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Mummy bundles of Puruchuco

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MACHU PICCHU

The New7Wonders organization is happy to announce Machu Picchu has been elected to represent global heritage throughout history.

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Sunrise on the Machu Picchu

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Legado Mochica al Mundo

Legado

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Mysterious World - Peru

In Peru, there are places which are the most dry of the planet. It doesn't rain, and the desert advances. Heat, a dry climate, and the absence of bacteria: these are ideal conditions for the conservation of extraordinary and unique remains. A documentary which is truly moving, with rare images of mummies from the Nazca civilisation. For more than a thousand years the wind has modified and changed these places, remains of bones, skeletons and mummies buried by the sand, and then unearthed again in a continual discovery of human remains. In Peru, almost all the civilisations which have followed, have left traces of their existence. the cloths and the Paracas mummies, the disturbing mummy "Sarita" conserved at Arequipa, sacrificed on the Andes to placate the anger of the Gods, so well conserved, that it seems to be sleeping still. And then there's Chan Chan, the grandiose capital of the Chimů kingdom considered the largest capital of antiquity, made of the mud which is inexorably crumbling. Then the erotic ceramics, the deformed or transplanted craniums...to end with the "Signore of Sipan" one of the ancient Emperors of the Moche dynasty, buried with his gold and his family in a pyramid very similar to that of ancient Egypt. A zone which in fact, the architects define as the "Valley of the Gods" of South America.

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