Peru is a South American country that encompasses a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city high in the Andes. The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail, and the colonial city of Cuzco, is rich in archaeological sites. On the arid Pacific coast of Peru is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art.

The area around Cusco offers some close unforgettable highlights for travelers. With a local visit, dreams often come true.

Historic town of Cusco, Peru

Old Town of Cusco

Cusco is recognized as the "Archaeological Capital of America". The ancient capital of the Incas is a place full of archaeological sites, museums, temples, etc. There you can see the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha, Qenqo and Tambomachay. Although it is possible to visit these places on your own, the best way is to do a 'City Tour'. In addition to many museums of great importance in the history of Peru.

Sunrise at Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

This ancient Inca city is one of the most precious treasures in Peru. It was built in the middle of the 15th century by the Inca Pachacuteq . Its name means old mountain, and refers to the place where it is located, at about 2453 meters above sea level, on a rocky mountain.The truth is that Machu Picchu is one of the greatest symbols behind what was the impressive architecture and engineering of the Inca Empire.

board member Karin Röösli at the Inca Trail

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is considered the best trek in South America. It is a 43 km route through ancient Inca trails to Machu Picchu. The Incas covered much of the South American continent. To maintain communication in such a vast territory it was necessary to build a network of roads to connect the empire. these roads or paths where of great need, some roads also went from Peru to Bolivia and other parts of south America.

famous Inca ruin "Moray" at Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is one of the most important destinations in South America. It houses beautiful traditional towns settled since colonial times. There the Incas built ancient citadels such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. They also cultivated diversity of agricultural products on terraces such as the beautiful Moray. Today, all these places are very attractive for visitors around the world.

An excursion to the "Rainbow Mountains" over 5,000 m.a.s.l.

Rainbow Mountains

The Mountain of Colors, also called Vinicunca or simply ‘rainbow’ mountain, is one of the new and best attractions in Peru. Located more than 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco, on an altitude summit located at 5,200 masl. It is a mountainous formation tinged with various shades product of the complex combination of minerals, which make these beautiful colors look like a rainbow.

Indigenos with horses on the Ausangate Trek in Peru

Ausangate Mountain

In the heart of the Cusco Andes, in the district of Ocongate, a majestic Mountain that looks imposing over the rest of the mountains that make up the Cordillera of Vilcanota. With its 6384 msnm, Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru and is the most representative of the region. Its size is such high that it can be seen even from the Sacsayhuamán Fortress, close to the city of Cusco.

Testimonials

"Over the years, the Rotary Club of Aarau has been able to generate various projects together with Con Corazón. One of the highlights was certainly the construction of the Medical Center at over 4,000 meters above sea level. The cooperation is always very sustainable, efficient and professional."

Martin Bachmann

Martin Bachmann

Rotary Club Aarau

"What I remember most about my involvement was working with the people in the remote Andean region, where the organization provides valuable support. The unique insight into the culture and way of life of those people is definitely one of the most beautiful and memorable of my stay."

Livia Hollenstein

Livia Hollenstein

Volunteer

"The Andes are my birthplace and I feel deeply connected to this region. To have the opportunity to support the people there in a direct way and without detours is something great. Knowing that donations are going to the right place, to the right people, is what I thank and trust Con Corazón for."

Anna Alberti

Anna Alberti

Donor & Visitor

"I support Con Corazón because Danièle's involvement has convinced me, from the beginning, that the help arrives directly, without any detours. What is also fascinating to me is the constant further development and the focus on the long-term perspective. The highlight was the visit in 2019."

Cordula Sonderegger

Cordula Sonderegger

Donor & Visitor

"I have been following Con Corazón for years, so a visit to Peru was logical and very precious for me. It was extremely impressive to enter into this unknown world and to capture it photographically. As a professional photographer, I still enjoy the impressive images from the Andean region."

Hana Solenthaler

Hana Solenthaler

Donor & Visitor

"In August 2019 finally I had the opportunity to go to the Andes in South America. There I had finished one month of volunteering at the dental clinic in Cusco, Peru. I really enjoyed helping poor people through making dental cleanings for the patients. What an incredible team to work with!"

Mette Højborg

Mette Højborg

Volunteer

"Wow, what an impressive landscape at over 4,000 m.a.s.l., what a beautiful place in the Andes, what unbelievable warm-hearted people! Immediately there was another wow, there is a lot to do for me in the next four months! Marampaqui became a second home for me".

Moritz Mitterer

Moritz Mitterer

Volunteer

"'The only thing that can eliminate poverty is to share with each other. ' Mother Teresa's quote points out how important Con Corazón's mission is to fight poverty in the long term and to give people a perspective. I am very grateful that I was able to visit the organization in Peru."

Anna Alberti

Anna Alberti

Donor & Visitor

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