07/28/2013 10:51 am ET

9 Awesome Things About Peru (PHOTOS)


Happy Independence Day, Peru!

The mystique that surrounds Peru is often found in tales of ancient empires and lost civilizations, but the beauty of that past and more continues to exist today. From the preservation of Quechua culture and language to a Nobel laureate, the South American country offers wanderers an exquisite look into a world wonders and delicious history that never cease to astonish.