The 10 Best Tourist Places In Peru
Impressive Inca ruins, altiplanic towns, colonial cities and countless spectacular natural scenarios make up the proposed destinations in this collection of the best tourist places in Peru.
Capital of Peru, recognized in 2013 with the Travelers’ Choice award as the best emerging destination, a city that captivates with its blend of modernity and history, where neighborhoods of vibrant activity and nightlife such as Miraflores and San Isidro, intersect with the old colonial architectures of the Historic Center declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Famous also for being home to one of the best cuisines in the world, being known as the Gastronomic Capital of America, housing among its many neighborhoods, inexhaustible places to enjoy the spicy flavors that are present in its more than 400 typical dishes. More information on trips to Lima.
One of the most fascinating tourist places of Peru, home of invaluable historical and cultural treasures, ruins that still allow to visualize the splendor of what was the capital of the Inca Empire, and magnificent civil and religious buildings that show the richness of their time colonial.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it allows you to go back in time, walking through narrow streets that make their way between beautiful colonial buildings built on the base of ancient Inca palaces, or among picturesque squares full of history surrounded by cafés, restaurants and pubs.
3- Sacred Valley of the Incas:
Magical area of gorges, archaeological sites and picturesque colonial towns, one after the other, inhabited by indigenous communities, which have kept their folklore and traditions alive over time.
Its main enclaves correspond to the archaeological complex and town of Pisac, the town of Chinchero with its famous weavers and the archaeological zone of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca city that is practically intact, and whose buildings are now inhabited by their descendants.
4- Machu Picchu:
Impressive Inca city raised by over 2,360 meters above sea level, breathtaking landscape of walls, terraces and ramps that seem sculpted in the rock itself, immersed among majestic mountain peaks, cliffs and the greenery of the Amazon rainforest.
Declared World Heritage by UNESCO today and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, it allows to recreate through its temples, palaces and stairways, what was once the most splendid construction built by the Inca Empire, comprising an extensive area of 530 meters long by 200 wide, which includes at least 172 enclosures.
Nicknamed the White City, a city that enchants for its colonial appearance, with a display of architectures in white volcanic stone and a beautiful historic center declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Sites of special interest are the Plaza de Armas with its neoclassical cathedral, convents such as Santa Catalina that resemble true citadels or the Barrio de San Lázaro, with its small squares and narrow cobbled streets that evoke an Andalusian town. More information on trips to Arequipa.
6- Lake Titicaca:
Located at 3,812 meters above sea level, it corresponds to the highest navigable lake in the world, an immense mass of water hidden among the mountainous landscapes of the Andes Mountains, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, near the city of Puno.
Its greatest attraction is its islands, home to various indigenous communities that keep alive their ancestral traditions. The most famous among them, correspond to Taquile, home of the Quechuas, famous for their clothes and textile art, Amantaní with archaeological vestiges left by the Tiahuanaco culture and the floating islands of the Uros, corresponding to a group of artificial islands elaborated in totora by the Uru ethnic group, who inhabit them, surviving from fishing, hunting and making tissues.
Undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Peru to enjoy the rest, between kilometers of white sand beaches and warm waters surrounded by lush vegetation, exceptional waves for surfing and a privileged climate, with summer temperatures practically all year round .
The rather small town, also has its interest, an extensive main avenue, full of craft shops and places to rent surfboards; and at least a dozen bars that light the nights with reggae rhythms.
Known as the city of sorcerers, due to the intense esoteric atmosphere present, being home to a large number of shamans, healers and fortune tellers, who normally cater to people who come from different corners of the country to seek an answer to their ills. Among its most famous sites, highlights the Mercado de los Brujos, a curious market that is installed near the parade ground, where it is possible to acquire all kinds of ingredients for the production of potions and alternative medicines.
Chiclayo, is also a famous city, for its archaeological environments, among which are sites such as the Royal Burial of the Lord of Sipán and the Pyramids of Túcume, impressive enclaves of the Mochica and Lambayeque cultures, civilizations that reached their splendor before the Inca Empire .
Gateway to the extraordinary beauty of the Amazon rainforest, the most extensive tropical forest on the planet, declared 2011 as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From the city, most of the exploration routes that allow you to enter its virgin forests begin, either navigating the mighty Amazon River or hiking through its impressive reserves.
Among these, the enormous Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, known as the “Selva de los Espejos”, stands out, with a size that could be compared to 50% of the surface occupied by Switzerland or Denmark, housing huge marshlands and lagoons, where it is possible to observe alligators, pink dolphins and anacondas boas, among other 1,025 animal species.
10- Nazca Lines:
Enigmatic archaeological site located in the Pampas de Jumana, where enormous geoglyphs that occupy kilometric surfaces, extend between the hills and the surface of the desert, adopting animal, vegetable and geometric designs.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, probably correspond to one of the tourist sites of Peru and possibly America, which have generated more curiosity and mysticism related to its authorship and purpose. Although today it is known that they were traced by the Nazca culture 200 years BC, its raison d’être is still under study, predominating theories that would have been made as a giant astronomical calendar, which would indicate the various movements of the sun, the moon and the constellations.