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Peru is a diverse country with a long coastline along the Pacific Ocean, stretching over 3000 km from Ecuador in the north to Chile in the South. In the coast area the country is mostly arid. The second dominating landmark are the Andes, again stretching from Ecuador in the north to Bolivia and Chile in the south. The highest peak is the Huascaran at 6768 m. Finally, east of the Andes the jungle brings a third unique climate zone, high temperatures and humidity all around the year with the Amazonas and several large inflows dominating the area.

Culturally, Peru was influenced by many cultures, most famous among them the Incas, who governed at their peak time in the 15th and early 16th century over most of Western South America. Older cultures date back until 3500 BC, including the Norte Chico, Chavín, Nazca, Chimú and Moche cultures, to name just a few. In the early 16th century the Spanish conquistadors reached Perú and completely changed the country once more.

Cusco

Cusco is a city in the Andes with around 400 000 inhabitants. It is a location of extreme height. The Plaza de Armas, where the conference will take place, is at 3400m or 11000 ft above sea level. Cusco was the commercial and cultural centre of the Incas and is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Its historical centre is characterised by a mixture of Incan and colonial buildings. Many significant Incan and pre-Incan ruin sites, such as Qoricancha, Sacsayhuamán, Pisaq or Ollantaytambo can be found in or in the surroundings of the city. The famous ruin site of Machu Picchu can be reached as a day trip from Cusco.

Venue

The conference will take place at the Paraninfo Universitario which belongs to the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad. The Paraninfo Universitario is directly at the Plaza de Armas in the center of Cusco.

Accommodation

The Paraninfo Universitario, where all lecture take place, is directly at the Plaza de Armas in the historic center of Cusco. There are plenty of good hotels around. Since Cusco is a popular tourist destination, it is advisable to book early.

Climate

Peru is located in the Southern hemisphere, so spring occurs from September to November.

As this season progresses, the weather in Cuzco changes from dry to wet conditions gradually. The probability of precipitation on an October day is 15% to 25%, increasing as the month progresses. This last meteorological variable could have values of 22mm to 42mm approximately during this period. For this reason it is advisable to bring means to protect yourself from the rain.

In Cusco in the month of October it is usual to expect temperatures of 20°C or 68°F (Maximum) during the day and cold at night around 2°C or 35°F (Minimum), so it is advisable to wear a jacket.

Travel

The Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) is located at a distance of just 5km from the city centre of Cusco (Plaza de Armas). Most international flights will require a transfer in Lima. Direct flights exist to Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and La Paz. The city centre can be reached in around 20 min by taxi.

Entry to Peru

Please inform yourself with the immigration rules and possible Visa applications

Health

For information on required vaccinations please consult your local doctor. Plenty of information - that however also do not replace a visit to a doctor - are found on the webpages of the German Federal Foreign Office or the US Department of State. If you extend your stay for traveling, in particular if you plan to visit the low jungle areas in the east, we urge you to inform yourself on required vaccinations and other measures.

The height of more than 3000m will most likely strongly affect all visitors to Cusco, in particular if you directly fly to Cusco (usually with a stop in Lima, which is at sea level). We recommend to add some time to get adjusted to this altitude if possible. Cities like Arequipa are worth a visit and the (moderate) altitude of 2200 m allows you to slowly approach the height of Cusco. If you know that you are prone to altitude sickness, consult your doctor for possible remedies.

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