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  • 1 Iglesia y convento San Francisco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3 Ancash cuadra 3 PER - Lima

    Few edifices have withstood the various earthquakes that have shaken the city over the centuries, as well as the church and convent of San Francisco, masterpieces of the colonial era, built in the late 16C. You will be amazed by the intricate carving..

  • 2 Museo nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Plaza Bolívar. Pueblo Libre PER - Lima

    Located in one of Lima's prettiest neighbourhoods in a spacious abode with numerous patios, the Museo nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú paints a comprehensive picture of the cultures that inhabited pre-Columbian Peru from preh..

  • 3 Museo de Oro del Perú Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1100 Alonso de Molina 1100 PER - Lima

    The Museo de Oro del Perú is a genuine treasure trove of pre-Columbian Peru: testimonies to the prehistoric past, sumptuous collections of pre-Incan ceramics and jewellery, collections of Incan keros and quipus (also called talking knots to count and..

  • 4 Plaza de Armas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas PER - Cuzco

    This area was formerly the nerve centre of the Inca city. Today, the Plaza de Armas is home to most of the major colonial edifices. The imposing cathedral vies for pride of place with the Compañia de Jesús, a stunning Baroque edifice, while a superb ..

  • 5 Machu Picchu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Aguas Caliente

    Imagine the surprise of Hiram Bingham, when he discovered the city of Machu Picchu in 1911. This almost intact entire Inca city is perched on a rocky outcrop at an altitude of almost 2,400m. Now the emblem of Peru, it is also the object of continuing..

  • 6 Intihuatana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Machu Picchu PER - Aguas Caliente

    Intihuatana, literally "hitching post of the sun", is the citadel's largest structure. From this astronomical observatory, made up of a perfectly polished stone table from which a spur protrudes that serves as a focal point (carved out of a..

  • 7 Santa Catalina Convent Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    301 Santa Catalina 301 PER - Arequipa

    Santa Catalina convent (16C), the highlight of a visit to Arequipa, is nowadays only inhabited by twenty or so nuns who live an austere life. Yet back in the 18C, nearly 500 sisters enjoyed unparalleled freedom and a lavish lifestyle within these wal..

  • 8 Nazca Lines Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Nazca

    Drawn on the red pampas soil between 900BC and 500AD, the geoglyphs of Nazca remain one of the greatest enigmas of archaeology. Only visible from the sky, these huge drawings depict living and imaginary creatures, stylised plants and geometric shapes..

  • 9 Cañón del Apurímac Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Curahuasi

    The Cañón del Apurímac is famous for its suspension bridge. Up until the 19C, people went over the precarious one made by the Incas out of planks and rope, taking travellers over the Río Apurímac at a dizzying height. Today the Puente Cúnyac, which r..

  • 10 Punta Callán Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Casma

    For those who may not feel like a strenuous trek, there is another way of admiring practically the whole length of the cordillera (170km) without burning all your calories in one go! Just go to the top of the Punta Callán (alt. 4210m), a pass over wh..

  • 11 Parque nacional Huascarán Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Huaraz

    Set in the Cordillera Blanca, the superb Parque nacional Huascarán has no lack of treasures. Glaciers and lakes reel past the eye in the midst of the puna and the sky is filled with countless birds (including the famous condor). You don't have to emb..

  • 12 Laguna Parón Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Huaraz

    A trip to Parón lagoon is one of the tourist highlights of this region. From Pueblo Parón, take the path (4hr-walk) to reach the other shore of the lake where there is another refuge of the Huascarán National Park. Parón lagoon is one of the Cordille..

  • 13 Callejón de Huaylas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Huaraz

    The Callejón de Huaylas is a valley stretching for nearly 200km, wedged between the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra. Anyone who ventures here will be rewarded with a stunning series of vistas, light years from the pitfalls of mass tourism. The..

  • 14 Cordillera of Huayhuash Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Chiquián

    The town of Chiquián is a departure point popular with Andeans, experienced hikers, photographers and botanists who want to discover the awesome and magnificent Cordillera of Huayhuash, whose 30km features a jagged ridge, immaculate summits reminisce..

  • 15 Chan Chan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Trujillo

    A dozen adobe fortresses, grouped quite close together and probably built by different sovereigns, all of which contain a palace, houses, water tanks, ceremonial areas and mortuary chambers. Such is the exceptional archaeological site of Chan Chan, c..

  • 16 Fortress of Kuélap Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Tingo

    At the summit of a rocky outcrop stands the exceptional fort of Kuélap (600m long), at the top of which you can enjoy a superb view of the Cordillera Central. Built by the Cachas Indians (also called Cahchapoyas), it was home to some 400 extremely we..

  • 17 Cuzco Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas PER - Cuzco

    It is difficult not to be overpowered by the highly Baroque cathedral of Cuzco (16C). Everything, from the immense façade and its sculptures to the interior, embodies the desire of Christianity to spell out its triumph over Incan beliefs. Composed of..

  • 18 Compañía de Jesús Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas PER - Cuzco

    Constructed by the Jesuits in the 18C, the grandeur and rich ornamentation of the Compañía de Jesús seems to defy the next-door cathedral. Behind the profusely carved Baroque façade are a host of elements such as the imposing main altar entirely cove..

  • 19 Qoricancha y convento Santo Domingo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plazoleta Santo Domingo PER - Cuzco

    The huge Qoricancha, or temple of Gold, occupied a major position in the Incan faith. Pizarro made off with its amazing riches (precious stones, gold and silver) during the conquest of the town in 1534 and the edifice was later replaced by Santo Domi..

  • 20 Museo Tumbas Reales of Sipán Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Juan Pablo Vizcardo y Guzmán PER - Lambayeque

    At the end of the 1980s, following the arrest of tomb looters, research began at Huaca de Sipán, unveiling the burial place of a Mochica nobleman surrounded by his family. The treasures unearthed, a magnificent sceptre, gold jewellery, weapons, statu..

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