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PeruSouth America

Experience fascinating ruins, bustlingcities, magnificent landscapes, wild rivers and the Amazon jungle in thebirthplace of the Inca Empire.

Fromancient civilizations and colonial heritage to striking natural scenery, wildlifeand high-adrenalin sports, Peru has an astounding variety of attractions. Youcan retrace the footsteps of the Incas, cruise the world’s highest navigablelake, hike across the Andes and surf at glorious beaches. Peru sits on the west coast of South America, nestled between Amazonianrainforests and the Pacific Ocean.

See astoundingremnants of Peru’s millennia-old civilizations. The most famous is the mysticalMachu Picchu, a mountain-top citadelthat was once the center of Incan culture. Arrive here by hiking along thesacred Inca Trail. Visit the archaeological ruins of Chan Chan, the former home of the Chimú Kingdom, or the pre-Incanadobe pyramids in the Lambayaque Valley,better known as Valley of the Pyramids. Gaze in wonder at the mysterious Nazca Lines geoglyphs in the southernPeruvian desert.

Peru’stowns and cities showcase a fusion of colonial history, Peruvian heritage andmodernity. Peru’s capital, Lima, hasremarkable architecture, a dynamic nightlife and an excellent culinary scene.Wander the narrow streets of Cuzcoto find hidden Inca ruins and indigenous markets. Admire the legacy of Spanish-eramonuments in Arequipa. Don’t miss PuertoBelen, a floating village on the Amazon River.

Visitsmall island communities while you cruise LakeTiticaca, the highest sailable lake on earth. Watch condors glide high upin the mountains that surround ColcaCanyon. See colorful butterflies, monkeys and jaguars in Manu National Park. Spot sea lions andflamingos at Paracas NationalReservation and the stunning Ballestas Islands.

For adventurousvisitors, there’s excellent hiking in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. Join kayaking and white-water raftingexcursions on the Apurimac and Urubamba rivers. Try sand-boarding or ride in adune buggy over the huge dunes at HuacachinaOasis. Surf at palm-fringed beaches such as Puerto Chicama and Máncora Beach.

Explorethis large country easily with Peru’s extensive network of cheap and reliable busesand affordable domestic flights. Peru’s fascinating culture, mesmerizingancient ruins, breathtaking landscapes and wildlife make it an excitingvacation destination.

Popular cities in Peru

Lima
Lima
Known for dining, shopping and museum

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Reasons to visit
  • Plaza San Martin
  • Plaza de Armas de Lima
  • Government Palace
Cusco showing a church or cathedral and heritage architecture as well as a large group of people
Cusco
Known for shopping, tour and historicalBuilding

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Reasons to visit
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Cusco Cathedral
  • San Pedro Market
Lake Titicaca - Puno featuring general coastal views, landscape views and a lake or waterhole
Lake Titicaca - Puno
Known for lake, tour and island

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Reasons to visit
  • Puno Plaza de Armas
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Puno Cathedral
Trujillo showing tranquil scenes and a beach
Trujillo
Known for historicalBuilding, surfing and ruins

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Reasons to visit
  • Huanchaco Beach
  • Chan Chan
  • Trujillo Cathedral
Machu Picchu showing mist or fog, hiking or walking and building ruins
Machu Picchu
Known for mountain, hiking and historicalBuilding

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Reasons to visit
  • Aguas Calientes Hot Springs
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Popular places to visit in Peru

Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu

The sacred Inca city, built high in the Andes and hidden for centuries, is now one of Peru’s most spectacular and popular tourist destinations. 

Plaza de Armas de Lima
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Plaza de Armas de Lima

Visit the birthplace of Lima. It has an antique fountain at its center surrounded by a majestic cathedral, a palace and colonial buildings.

Larco Herrera Museum
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Larco Herrera Museum

Discover treasures from 10,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history, including a large collection of erotic pottery, in this museum built on a 7th-century pyramid.

Huaca Pucllana Ruins
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Huaca Pucllana Ruins

This pyramid was the hub of activity for an ancient civilization. Now, it stands as an example of architectural ingenuity and a tribute to the Lima Culture.

Church and Convent of San Francisco
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Church and Convent of San Francisco

Visit this 17th-century monastery complex with a temple and an eerie underground cemetery. It is also home to a convent, an illustrious library and two churches, in Lima’s historic center.

Sacsayhuaman
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Sacsayhuaman

The colossal stones of Cusco’s hilltop fortress are a powerful testimony to the ingenuity of Incan construction techniques.

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