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

    Museums and art

    Av. Juan Pablo Vizcardo y Guzmán PE - 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..

  • 2 Torre Tagle Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    363 Ucayali PE - 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..

  • 3 San Agustín Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Angle Ica et Camaná PE - 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..

  • 4 Santo Domingo Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Angle Conde de Superunda et Camaná PE - 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 ..

  • 5 Museo de la Nación Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2465 Javier Prado Este PE - 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..

  • 6 Art Museum of Lima Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    125 Paseo Colón PE - 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..

  • 7 Los Descalzos convent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Alameda de Los Descalzos PE - 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..

  • 8 Barranco Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - 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..

  • 9 Pedro de Osma Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    423 Pedro de Osma PE - 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..

  • 10 Pachacamac Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - 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..

  • 11 Templo y convento de La Merced Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    121 Calle Mantas PE - 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..

  • 12 San Blas Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plazoleta San Blas PE - 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..

  • 13 Museum of Religious Art of Cuzco Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Angle Hatun Rumiyoc et Palacios PE - 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. ..

  • 14 Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Cuzco Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    231 Plazoleta de Las Nazareñas - Casa Cabrera PE - Cuzco

    The Casa Cabrera, 16C home of conquistador Alonso Díaz, was restored and turned into the pre-Columbian Museum of Art (MAP) in 2003. It contains a selection of the 450 works of art from Lima's Larco Museum, dating from 1250BC to 1532AD, as well as col..

  • 15 Museo Inka Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    103 Cuesta del Almirante PE - 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...

  • 16 Sacsayhuamán Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - Cuzco

    The amazing remains of Sacsayhuamán stand on top of a hillside overlooking Cuzco: huge blocks of stone, some of which weigh several hundred tons, perfectly embedded one into the other, form what look like ramparts and a cluster of round-shaped buildi..

  • 17 Huaro Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    PE - Andahuaylillas

    Huaro, a 17C Renaissance sanctuary, bears without doubt the hallmark of the Peruvian Jesuits' religious syncretism, missionaries that differed from the Spanish colonists by their relative tolerance of local culture. For example, the frescoes such as ..

  • 18 Salines de Maras Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - Maras

    From the picturesque village of Maras, home to colonial houses adorned with coats of arms, a rocky path winds its way through a stunning panorama of lush green pampas framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Urubamba and Vilcabamba cordilleras. An amaz..

  • 19 Inca Trail Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - Ollantaytambo-Agua Caliente

    An Inca Trail adventure cannot be improvised (book several months ahead) and is also very demanding. You will spend four days climbing countless passes (up to 4,200m in altitude) and staircases and crossing rivers. From km88 of the railway line linki..

  • 20 Lake Titicaca Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - Puno

    Lake Titicaca, an immense expanse of water (8,500km2) at an altitude of nearly 3,800m, between Peru and Bolivia, straddles mountains and plains, offering a magical vista. Thousands of fish and birds have found refuge among its reeds and rushes ( toto..

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