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PLACES TO VISIT IN PERU

WHAT TO SEE IN PERU

Peru is an impressively large country, with regions that span the wonders of the Amazon, the enchanting beauty of the Highlands, and the spellbinding expanse of its Coast and Deserts. Consequently, it’s no wonder Peru is often touted as a land that may require multiple visits, especially for visitors hoping to see and do it all.  

Upon embarking on a tour of Peru, you’ll be delighted to find that the variety of activities available caters to just about every interest and desire. Archeological marvels, gastronomic delights, mesmerizing culture and communities, and exciting adventure sports. 

On this page, you’ll find a thorough breakdown of some of the biggest and best places to experience when you travel to Peru. 

Gastronomy, Culture And Landscapes Of Perú

Top 5 Places to Visit in peru

Based on feedback from our Expert Guides, Tour Operators, and Guests, we’ve identified the following as the most important places to visit in Peru. We recommend including at least one of these within your Peru tour itinerary.

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WHAT ARE PERU'S TOP VISITOR SITES?

Get acquainted with the fantastic visitor sites that several of the regions in Peru are home to.  

LIMA

Lima was founded in 1535 by the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Today it is the capital of the country and the gateway to the rest of Peru.

Due to its fascinating history, culture, and captivating colonial architecture was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a modern metropolis with a population of over 8 million, making it an ideal place for conventions and international meetings. It is also a central spot for a fantastic array of fusion cuisine and an escape across its eclectic gastronomic scene. 

Furthermore, Lima offers tourists superb museums, dozens of art galleries, theater productions, top-notch cultural exhibitions, modern shopping malls, and recreational areas. All of these are in addition to the outstanding archeological and nature attractions. 

CUSCO

The city of Cusco was the “Navel of the World” for the Incas and the capital of their vast Empire. The city, known as the archeological center of the Americas, was one of the largest and most progressive cities in the New World by the time the Spanish arrived. Cusco is today a very cosmopolitan city and the gateway to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its narrow cobblestone streets are still charged with the mysticism and energy that flows amongst its people.  

The architectural legacy of Cusco dates back to the 15th century and includes the following:

  • Fine stone carving.
  • Near-perfectly interlocked stone blocks.
  • The trapezoidal design of entryways.

 

With its vast landscapes, fascinating geography, and interwoven archeology, Cusco is, without a doubt, something all travelers won’t want to miss while taking their tour of Peru. 

MACHU PICCHU

The beautifully preserved lost city of the Incas was a mystic place of worship, a spot for stargazing, and the private hacienda of the Inca Pachacutec. Located four hours by train from Cusco, these astonishing ruins consist of a sprawling stone labyrinth hidden in a spectacular mountain plateau overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River. 

Millions of online votes selected Machu Picchu in 2007 as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” and it’s easy to see why—it’s a remarkable jewel of architecture and engineering that amazes every visitor when walking around its different areas like the palaces, temples, and observatories. Opposite the citadel is Huayna Picchu Mountain, which can be reached via a winding stone walkway. 

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