Peru and Ecuador have been among the winners in this month's "travel industry Oscars".
The former had special reason to celebrate its success at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards.
It hosted the awards' South & Central America Gala Ceremony on Saturday (July 20) at one of its most prized and easily recognisable cultural sites.
The Huacca Pucllana Temple is usually first on tourists' tick-lists when they enjoy city breaks in the capital of Lima.
It is a 1,600-year-old great sun-dried brick and clay pyramid in the Miraflores district which served as a key ceremonial and administrative centre for the ancient Lima Culture society.
Peru won top honours as South America's Leading Airport, given to Jorge Chavez International Airport, and South America's Leading Culinary Destination.
PromPeru also scooped the title of South America's Leading Tourist Board.
Ecuador's capital of Quito, the world's second-highest capital with an elevation of 9,200 feet (2,804 metres) in a valley surrounded by the Andes Mountains, captured the title of South America's Leading Destination.
This will help cement it still further as a favourite with visitors on trekking holidays.
The World Travel Awards are globally recognised as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those brands which are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.
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