Holbrook Travel Celebrates Machu Picchu Centennial with Special Programming

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In honor of the centennial celebration of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu, Holbrook Travel has created a special eight day program to Peru.

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In honor of the centennial, Holbrook Travel will be offering an eight-day program to the hotspots of Peru, including Machu Picchu and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco.

July 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu, the “lost city” of the Incas, by the American historian Hiram Brigham III. This is an event of global interest and is anticipated to be one of the greatest cultural events of the modern world.

The five-day celebration will begin on July 7, the day Machu Picchu was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The centennial events will take place in Lima and will include fairs, a film festival, conferences, and a variety of other shows and activities. Celebrations will also occur on and around July 24, the anniversary of the day Brigham discovered the ancient citadel.

In honor of the centennial, Holbrook Travel will be offering an eight-day program to the hotspots of Peru, including Machu Picchu and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco. Visitors will learn about the rich history of the Inca in Lima, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley, as well as Andean culture. For those wishing to experience more of the rich destinations within Peru there are many opportunities for extending their stay. Peru offers multiple options including:

· Arequipa: Peru’s second largest city was founded in 1540 and is one of the country’s most attractive cities, full of colonial churches and mansions. It is known as the White City because much of the city is built of ashlar, the smooth white building stone carved from volcanic lava quarries.

· Shores of Lake Titicaca: Puno, regarded as the folklore capital of Peru on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, the cradle of the Aymara civilization, and the legendary birthplace of the founders of the Inca empire.

· Nazca Lines: two- to three-day desert excursions south of Lima, including the Paracas wildlife sanctuary, home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds who share their habitat with herds of sea lions and fur seals, and the home of Peru’s signature alcoholic beverage – pisco.

· Peruvian Amazon: A region that contains an exuberant array of wildlife including both exotic and endangered species, tropical plants, a multitude trees, and a rich quantity of flora and fauna rarely found in other parts of the world.

· Amazon River Basin: The Peruvian region of Amazonia is renowned for its exceptional beauty, remaining close to its virgin, natural state.

For more information about travel to Peru and across the globe, contact Holbrook Travel at 800-451-7111, visit http://www.holbrooktravel.com, or e-mail travel(at)holbroooktravel(dot)com

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