This slideshow is comprised of stills taken during the May 2004 Elderhostel Tour of Peru. The tour took us to the capital city of Lima; then to several archeological sites to the North in the Departamento Lambayeque; then to the ancient Inka capital of Cusco where we visited the Qoricancha and walked among the giant stones at Saqsayhuman; and ultimately boarded a train for the Inka sanctuary at Machupicchu. Now all you have to do is click above and you too can join the tour and see the “Majesty and Mystery of Peru”.
The place name Peru is derived from Birú, the name of a local ruler who lived near the Bay of San Miguel, Panama, in the early 16th century. When his territories were visited by conquistadores in 1522, the area was the southernmost part of the New World yet known to Europeans. Thus, when Francisco Pizarro explored the regions farther south, his men referred to the region as ” Biru’ ” however, over time through vernacular usage the place name became “Peru”.