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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Historic heart of Lima Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas PER - Lima

    In addition to the cathedral, Torre Tagle Palace - both on plaza de Armas - and the Iglesia y convento San Francisco, the historic heart of Lima conceals a host of other magnificent buildings from the colonial era. The charm of this district, a liste..

  • 3 Plaza de Armas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas PER - Lima

    The genuine heart of the city during the colonial era, the Plaza de Armas is the site of remarkable colonial edifices, most of which were rebuilt after the damage caused by the earthquake of 1746. The elegance of the cathedral's façade vies with the ..

  • 4 Torre Tagle Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    363 Ucayali 363 PER - Lima

    Today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Palacio Torre Tagle is a favourite with picture postcard publishers. Begun in 1690 and finished in 1735 by Marquis Torre Tagle, this small palace is reckoned to be one of the subtlest examples of colonial ar..

  • 5 Iglesia y convento de La Merced Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Angle La Unión et Miró Quesada PER - Lima

    The Iglesia y convento de La Merced form a unique architectural complex. The facade of the church features a superb crossbred Baroque-style portal, also referred to as Renaissance Inca, featuring arabesques, plants and sculptures, while the sobriety ..

  • 6 San Agustín Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Angle Ica et Camaná PER - Lima

    San Agustín Church (18C), rebuilt several times after earthquakes, has preserved period elements, some of which are quite splendid. It is impossible to miss the ornamental profusion of the Baroque frontispiece. The sacristy, from the same period, con..

  • 7 Santo Domingo Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Angle Conde de Superunda et Camaná PER - Lima

    A visit to Santo Domingo Church (16C) is well worth the effort for its two cloisters (17C), among the oldest of the city. The azulejos and elegance of the first cloister are delightful, while the second cloister with its fountain and lush garden, is ..

  • 8 Museo de la Nación Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2465 Javier Prado Este. San Borja 2465 PER - Lima

    The Museo de la Nación provides a remarkable insight into the evolution of Peruvian art from the first pre-Incan civilisations until the present-day. On display are major works of art depicting the main artistic trends that have contributed to the na..

  • 9 Museo Larco Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1515 Bolíva. Pueblo Librer 1515 PER - Lima

    Stone sculptures, ceramics, mummies, jewellery, fabrics and erotic art are among the incredible wealth of objects collected by archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, bearing witness to the civilisations that inhabited the north of Peru. The Museo Larco co..

  • 10 Art Museum of Lima Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    125 Paseo Colón 125 PER - Lima

    Since 1960, the Art Museum, housed in the former exhibition palace built in 1872, has been home to a vast collection of Peruvian Art: Chavín, Mochica, Nazca, Tiahuanaco, Chancay and Inca ceramics, Paracas fabrics, Chimú and Mochica gold and silver je..

  • 11 Los Descalzos convent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Alameda de Los Descalzos PER - Lima

    The imposing Los Descalzos convent, built in 1594 to the glory of the Franciscans, cannot fail but delight. As you tour the refectory, kitchens, cells and the library, try to picture the monks going about their daily business in the arcaded patios, g..

  • 12 Barranco Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Pedro de Osma PER - Lima

    With its flower-decked lanes, late-19C villas and views of the Pacific, this slightly bohemian district is one of the most appealing of Lima. A perfume of nostalgia seems to float over this curious mixture of Montmartre and Valparaiso, whose pubs and..

  • 13 Pedro de Osma Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    421 Pedro de Osma 421 PER - Lima

    Pedro de Osma Museum is a fabulous museum devoted to colonial art with paintings from the 16C to the 19C, a wide variety of sculpture (wood, stone and marble), furniture, fabric and engravings. The collections belong to the Spanish Pedro de Osma fami..

  • 14 Pachacamac Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Lima

    The ruins of what was one of the most prestigious sanctuaries of pre-Columbian Peru stand at the mouth of the fertile Río Lurín valley, between the coast and the southern Panamerican Highway. Dedicated to Pachacamac, the God who created the world, an..

  • 15 Templo y convento de La Merced Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    121 Calle Mantas 121 PER - Cuzco

    Behind the Renaissance portal of the templo y convento de La Merced (17C) resides a lovely church adorned with works by masters such as Rubens, Zurbarán, etc, but above all stunning cloisters, in the centre of which plays a fountain surrounded by gre..

  • 16 San Blas District Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza San Blas PER - Cuzco

    Abutting a steep hillside, San Blas, once an Incan neighbourhood of Totocachi where the nobility lived, is today the most picturesque and romantic district of Cuzco. Its lanes are paved with well-polished slabs of stone, a tumbling maze of tiny white..

  • 17 San Blas Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plazoleta San Blas PER - Cuzco

    Built in 1536, then rebuilt in 1650, the modest whitewashed adobe church of San Blas in fact stands on Inca foundations. The interior is a fine example of the Churrigueresque style, whose flamboyant Baroque decoration features a profusion of subjects..

  • 18 Hatun Rumiyoc Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hatun Rumiyoc PER - Cuzco

    Hatun Rumiyoc is a paved street lined with impressive walls of polygonal stones. Towards the middle of the street, a group of children and adults dressed up as Incas seem to be laying siege to the famous 12-cornered stone, a polished monolith, cut in..

  • 19 Museum of Religious Art of Cuzco Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Angle Hatun Rumiyoc et Palacios PER - Cuzco

    Built on the ruins of Inca Roca's palace, the residence of the Marquis of Buenavista features, among others, two delightful Moorish-Andalusian patios adorned with azulejos, a gilt sitting room with a Mudejar-style painted ceiling and a small chapel. ..

  • 20 Museo Inka Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    103 Cuesta del Almirante 103 PER - Cuzco

    The Museo Inka is housed in the lavishly ornamented Plateresque-style Palacio del Almirante. It contains Incan jewellery, mummies, ceramics, weapons, fabric, and in particular, a unique collection of 450 wooden goblets (qeros) adorned with paintings...

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