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The bear as diplomat
Lima, Peru

Paddington Bear of Lima

The little bear in the "funny kind of hat" has made his way from London back to Peru
-12.1312, -77.0311
Salt Pans of Maras
Maras, Peru

Salt Pans of Maras

This Peruvian canyon is filled with geometric salt pools that have been being harvested since the Incan empire
-13.3328, -72.1564
Moray
Urubamba, Peru

Moray

Huge stone depressions which may have acted as an Incan agricultural experiment
-13.3296, -72.1971
Pontoon boat rides at Tres Chimbadas Lake
Tambopata, Peru

Tres Chimbadas Lake

This small oxbow lake has rare giant river otters and some Seussian-sounding birds.
-12.7906, -69.3458
New York, New York

Onieals Grand Street Bar

A prohibition era watering hole for the police
40.7197, -73.9978
One of the famous reed islands on the world's highest navigable lake.
Puno, Peru

The Uros People of Lake Titicaca

The Uros people live on floating reed islands in lake Titicaca
-15.8188, -69.9716
Chullpa
Puno, Peru

Sillustani

These ruined Incan mausoleum towers still bear carvings of sacred animals on their blocks
-15.7211, -70.1583
Macaws on the clay lick.
Tambopata, Peru

Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick

The world's largest clay lick, where parrots gather to snack.
-12.9792, -69.5068
The Last Supper by Marcos Zapata
Cusco, Peru

Guinea Pig Last Supper

A painting in the historic Cathedral Basilica depicts Jesus and his disciples dining on a traditional Peruvian menu.
-13.5162, -71.9779
Sacsayhuamán
Cusco, Peru

Sacsayhuamán

The stones of this Incan wall complex fit together so well you couldn't fit a piece of paper between some of them
-13.5098, -71.9817
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Preserved Inca city and site of the last Inca stronghold against the Spanish Conquistadors
-13.2581, -72.2633
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers
-13.1547, -72.5254
I mean come on
Peru

Huayna Picchu

If you’ve ever seen a picture of Macchu Picchu, then you’ve seen a picture of Huayna Picchu — you just didn’t realize it
-13.1631, -72.5450
Parque Kennedy
Miraflores, Peru

Parque Kennedy

A Peruvian public park has a mysteriously large cat population that a number of locals would rather see dead
-12.1222, -77.0363
Lima, Peru

Convento de San Francisco Ossuary

The mortal remains of an estimated 70,000 people lie in the basement of a monastery in Lima, Peru.
-11.9777, -77.0469
Some of the birds' Green-Wood relatives
Brooklyn, New York

Monk Parakeets of Brooklyn College

Con Edison’s exotic and heat-loving pests
40.6320, -73.9527
Pont de Grenelle Statue of Liberty
Paris, France

Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle

France gave the U.S. the Statue of Liberty in 1886; Americans gave Paris a smaller version of the same statue in 1889
48.8501, 2.2783
Maze
Vancouver, Canada

VanDusen Garden's Elizabethan Hedge Maze

This Elizabethan hedge maze is one of only six in North America.
49.2386, -123.1287
Vancouver, Canada

Steam Clock Gastown Vancouver

A working steam clock, one of only a few in the world, located in Vancouver's Victorian Gastown
49.2849, -123.1113
The Untermyer Memorial in Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx, New York

Woodlawn Cemetery

The end of the 4 Line is also the end of the line for 300,000 souls in one of NYC's most illustrious cemeteries.
40.8888, -73.8739
Plane in Hangar B
Brooklyn, New York

Floyd Bennett Field

Home of aviation trailblazers
40.5819, -73.8913
New York, New York

High Bridge

The oldest surviving bridge in New York City, which reopened to pedestrians in 2015
40.8424, -73.9303
New York, New York

Governors Island

Lie in a hammock where George Washington stood
40.6904, -74.0164
One of the formidable Harris Batteries.
Queens, New York

Fort Tilden

This abandoned seaside fortress is now simply an imposing ruin being taken back by nature
40.5632, -73.8833