Things to see in Peru
Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Peru.
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Machu PicchuAguas CalientesMachu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca citadel located 2430 meters (8000 feet) above sea level. It's on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Cusco and by the Urubamba River. It's called "Th...
Lake TiticacaPunoThe magic of Lake Titicaca is not only to be found in nature but also in its people. Getting to know the ancient culture that surrounds this place is captivating. From the veneration of the mamacha Candelaria, the worship of Pachama...
ArequipaArequipaArequipa is called the White City and it is built with stones that centuries ago were spat out by the redoubtable Misti Volcano. There are colonial mansions of noblemen, and a main square shaded by palm trees where at work benches s...
CuscoCuscoTravelling in Peru was incredible, not only because of the landscape, but also for the great social and cultural differences of the different regions. The warmth of its people make you feel at home so you stop worrying about your sa...
LimaLimaLima, the city of kings, a tourist attraction, where history still remains hidden. Last week I traveled there on a business trip. As "trujilla" as I am, I love how Lima is growing. Of course we know that not everything is perfect th...
ChincheroChincheroOn January, 1 we decided to go to Chinchero, which is what we know as the Sacred Valley, we took a local combi for 4 soles (less than $2). As we arrived we realized that there was a party atmosphere but instead we went to the ruins,...
Colca CanyonChivayThe Colca Canyon is a beautiful valley near the village of Chivay, in southern Peru. To go, you have to take a guided tour with a car, privately or as part of a group. The canyon is more than 3,000 feet deep, the deepest in the worl...
OllantaytamboOllantaytamboOllantaytambo is located in the Sacred Valley and Cusco very near Inca town is practically today, the ruins are almost inside of this and all the people prehispanic buildings are preserved. It is really worth staying at least one ni...
The Grand Plaza or Plaza de Armas of Lima, was the founding site of the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. It's the main public space of the city. Located in the historic center of Lima, it's surrounded by buildings such as the Gov...
The "Cathedral Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption" was built between 1560 and 1664. Its outstanding reddish color was from the Spanish using it for building stones of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca fortress located on top of the city....
Nazca LinesNazcaThe Nazca lines are some pictures (some animal form, some geometric, and even a alien) and is only a little bit away from Nazca desert. Nobody knows how it was done, who did it, or why. There is an observatory, named Maria Reiche t...
Now I am traveling alone with my backpack and my camera, with only a plane ticket and my backpack. Peru was my first trip as a solo backpacker and, without a doubt, this experience was the most memorable of that trip. I had been in ...
Pisac, Anta, PeruPísacPisac (also Pisaq) is located 33 kilometres from the city of Cusco, Peru. The archaeological site is one of the largest of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Situated to the east of the Vilcabamba mountain chain. As was customary in In...
Huayna PicchuUrubambaIt seems that around here it rains a lot. In my case it was drizzling and fog that made it hard to see the ruins from the top, having to wait for it to appear. The wait was worth it. As colleagues have said the rise and fall is half...
TrujilloTrujilloTrujillo is a city that belonges to the Main Botanical department, in it there are lovely beaches, and it is one of the areas where it is warm in Peru, and you can walk on reed boats in the Huanchaco zone. Here you will also find ho...
Taquile IslandPunoThe main villa is 3950 m above sea level and at its highest point is 4050 m. It is about 35 Km from Puno, to get to the island by boat takes about 3 hours, if we add to this the 533 steps that you have to climb to reach the village,...
Arequipa CathedralArequipaBuilt entirely in ashlar, this Renaissance Cathedral contains some Gothic influence. Its facade is made up of seventy columns with Corinthian capitals, three portals and two lateral arches, all surmounted by two tall Renaissance tow...
MirafloresLimaMiraflores is a district of Lima, where you can find many attractions, great shopping, restaurants, and recreational areas. And the most beautiful part of the district are the views of the sea from the cliffs. When you find yourself...
Santa Catalina MonasteryArequipaThe fascinating history of the Convent of Santa Catalina could have been written by Garcia Marquez or another great Latin American writer. Dark, secret, full of mysteries, the Arequipa Nunnery keeps in its heart the memory of wome...
LarcomarLimaIt is a mall that has nightclubs, bars, cinemas and of course shops. You have all kinds of shops both big-brand stores and ones selling Peruvian handicrafts and products. But what makes it different, when most malls are the same wor...
This is is an oasis which is situated 5 kilometers west of the city of Ica, a few miles away from the Pacific coast of Peru, just south of Lima. It is a true natural oasis amid the white sands of the desert. It was formed by upwelli...
San Pedro MarketCuscoThe San Pedro market is opposite the train station of San Pedro and is huge. They sell what you'd imagine (mainly food) and it also has a sort of food court where you can eat very cheap typical food. I think that if you are in Cusco...
A walk in Lima is obligatory, as it runs along the sea from the Love Park in the district of Miraflores to Barranco. Street vendors, joggers, couples, families, small manicured parks and the sea is what you can find.
Huaca Pucllana RuinsLimaThe ruins of Huaca Pucllana are Incan ruins located in the heart of Miraflores, the business district of Lima. This site has been the center of Lima since the fifth century. You can see the pyramid measuring 23 meters high, where y...
Uros IslandPunoBeing in the highest navigable lake in the world, and visiting the Uros Islands, a set of floating islands made of totora reeds, was an unforgettable and unmissable experience. The inhabitants speak Aymara and Quechua, so I learned ...
Ballestas IslandsPiscoBallestas Islands Nature Reserve is five hours south of Lima, near Pisco. In the mornings ferries go to the islands where there are a lot of different species of birds, sea lions, Humboldt penguins and with some luck you can even sp...
MancoraMáncoraI took a trip in July of last year to Pocitas Mancora in Piura, Peru. There were white sandy beaches and palm trees in northern Peru. I remember one afternoon I walked to where there were no people, and it was here that I found mys...
Choquequirao Archeological ParkSanta TeresaCoquekiraw is an Inca city, known as the sister of Machu Picchu. It's not easily accessible, as it's 3033 m above sea level in the Salcantay foothills. It's in the valley of the Apurimac river. We arrived at a neighboring town and s...
The Qorikancha Site was the largest temple of the Inca empire. It was looted during the Spanish conquest and a church was built in the same place. Now a small museum was is there and it contains various elements like prehistoric Inc...
Indian Market of PisacCalcaAlong with the Inca ruins, Pisac market brings a lot of visitors to the city. These markets are open Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. There is great participation all of these days. On Sunday Pisac craft market is a bit touristy, b...
Huanchaco BeachTrujilloThis is the making of a sunset on the beach at Huanchaco, in that moment a fisherman was getting out of his boat after a day of fishing, this boat is called "Caballito de totora" and was used since pre-Inca days by the residents of ...
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