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A continent of delights

With the World Cup in Brazil later this year, South America should be figuring large on people's travel radars. Then there's that list of Latin America's top 50 restaurants, which put countries like Peru on the world gourmet stage. There are now more reasons to hightail it over to the region that's halfway across the world. Cheah Ui-Hoon doles out tips on the top spots to visit as well as gourmet restaurants

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The place to visit: Machu Picchu

Part of 15th century Machu Picchu's allure is how the Incas had removed the trails leading to the city when the Spanish conquistadors invaded Cuzco, giving rise to the speculation that it was a sacred site for the Incas. Machu Picchu was officially rediscovered four centuries later, in 1911, but the indigenous Quechua tribes were already living and farming there, among the ruins. In 1981, Peru declared the 325.92 square kilometres surrounding Machu Picchu as a "Historical Sanctuary". Machu Picchu was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983.

The dining scene: Peru has one of the best local cuisines and also gourmet dining, and it strikes a comfortable...

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