Top 10 destinations in Peru

Friday, August 15, 2014

Below, in alphabetical order, a brief description of the 10 most visited tourist destinations in Peru

Arequipa and Colca Valley

The city of Arequipa is also known as the "White City." Its historic center has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by the architecture of the beautiful colonial buildings in white ashlar highlighting their houses, churches, temples and monasteries as Santa Catalina. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside with villages with beautiful scenery. From here you can visit the famous Colca Valley and Colca Canyon, natural protected areas such as National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca and the National Sanctuary of Mejía Lagoons. In the mountains, snowy peaks, rivers and plains are excellent venues to adventure sports. It is ideal for colonial monuments, living cultures and make enjoying outdoor tourism adventure destination nature and biodiversity. Arequipa enjoys one of the best cuisines of Peru.


The town of Friendship. Chiclayo has the fortune of being the gateway to the most recent and spectacular archaeological discoveries as the Lord of Sipan Sipan, Lord of Sican in Batan Grande - Pómac Forest Historical Sanctuary, Valley of the Pyramids and Túcume Tombs of Sipan Museum. Thanks to this, Chiclayo becomes the second destination, after Cuzco, the archaeological and historical interest it generates. Chiclayo is the city of sorcerers, healers and esotericism. Also on the beach circuit will appreciate the ancient reed horses Eten and Pimentel 2nd World Eucharistic city. Three natural protected areas ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers. It has one of the best cuisines of northern Peru.

Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Inca Trail

"The Archaeological Capital of America"; constitutes the biggest tourist attraction in Peru and the most visited. Cuzco was the largest city and capital of the Inca Empire, then was taken by the Spanish conquistadors. Today shows an architecture that fuses the Inka with the Spanish style. Their town conserves with pride its customs and traditions. A must place to visit is the mystical and enigmatic Machu Picchu sacred city of the Incas, the conquistadors never knew and was descubirta to Western culture in 1911, to get to it also through the most famous hike the Inca Trail. Cuzco, Machu Picchu and for its historical value and its beauty have been considered as a World Heritage Site. The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquequirao, Manu National Park and many other exciting places are waiting for you.

Iquitos and the Amazon River

The Amazon Rainforest. An ideal place for lovers of nature tourism and biodiversity and for those who want to feel an intimate contact with the virgin nature of the Amazon forest place. From Iquitos can take a cruise on the Amazon River or staying in hostels and lodges located in the jungle to explore the rainforest and the most daring and adventurous can reach protected areas, highlighting Pacaya Samiria and Allpahuayo Mishana with lush fauna and flora, ideal for bird watching, you can also make contact with the natives of the Amazon or meet ayahuasca rituals.

Lake Titicaca and Puno

Puno is located in the heights of the Andes, on the shores of Titicaca, the highest in the world inhabited by the Uros and wonderful landscapes navigable lake. On the islands of Amantani and Taquile you will have the experience of sharing life with their native and make experiential tourism. Land of the legendary Aymara and Tiahuanaco Culture. Puno is the folklore capital of Peru. The feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria in February, is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the traditions of the people of Puno. It offers an excellent alternative for archaeological tourism, biodiversity and cultures live.


The capital of Peru, a large metropolis, the gastronomic capital. Overall this is the gateway to the country. You will enjoy and learn about its historic center with beautiful colonial constructions declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO; the best museums of Peru, some pre-Hispanic archaeological sites highlighting Caral, also a World Heritage Site. Lima offers a variety of cultural shows, folk, night clubs, luxury casinos, gambling houses and enjoy the renowned cuisine and Peruvian cuisine. Ultra-modern shopping malls and craft markets. Excellent beaches south of Lima for surfing or relaxing, horseback riding and shows the famous Peruvian Paso horse.

Nazca - Nazca Lines

In the desert sands. A unique place in the world, full of mystery and mysticism, with wonderful forms of immense figures and lines of great perfection. Working from a very old Peruvian civilization, the Nazca Lines, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO place. It also offers you to visit the archaeological complex of Cahuachi Estaquería Chauchilla, Cantayoc and Palpa geoglyphs.


On the shores of the Pacific Ocean. An excellent ecological destination for lovers of nature and birds, the National Reserve of Paracas and Ballestas Islands. It also provides historical and cultural attractions with archaeological remains of the Paracas Culture. It is a good alternative to spend excellent moments of rest and relaxation in excellent hotels facing the sea. For lovers of water sports including windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing and discarding not know their arid deserts and have an adventure in buggies for its impressive dunes and waves for surfers of Isla San Gallan.


The Amazon Rainforest. Natural paradise in the Amazon region of Peru, the garden of Eden. The Tambopata National Reserve is located between the basins of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, has an area of ​​274,690 hectares. The rich biodiversity is incalculable, the scientist have already registered 632 species of birds, 1,200 species of butterflies, 169 species of mammals, 205 species of fish, 103 species of amphibians and 67 species of reptiles. The vegetation is typical of tropical regions, the best macaw clay licks in the world, wonderful jungle scenery. Ideal for bird watching and the ayahuasca ritual area. Accessible via Puerto Maldonado.


The Capital of Spring, the old colonial city of lineage, very close to Chan Chan, capital of the Chimu (thirteenth century), one of the largest cities in the world constructed in mud, nation declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . Equally important are the archaeological sites of Huaca del Sol y la Luna and El Brujo complex and the Lady of Cao. An excellent destination for archaeological heritage tourism, paso horses. Chicama excellent setting for surfing.

Because of the proximity between certain destinations, you can schedule the following recommended circuits:
(starting point: Lima)

     Arequipa - Puno - Cuzco (The Golden Triangle)
     Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado / Tambopata
     Trujillo - Chiclayo (Ruta Moche)
     Paracas - Nazca - Cuzco
     Paracas - Nazca - Arequipa


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