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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 ..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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. ..

  • 14 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...

  • 15 Sacsayhuamán Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - 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..

  • 16 Huaro Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    PER - 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 ..

  • 17 Salines de Maras Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - 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..

  • 18 Inca Trail Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - 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..

  • 19 Capachica headland Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Llachón

    The headland of Capachica (or Llachón) is full of treasures. From lazing on one of the lovely beaches, admiring the stunning panorama from the top of Auki Carus mountain (where a few vestiges of the Tiahuanaco civilisation are still visible) or wande..

  • 20 Museo Santuarios andinos Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    110 La Merced 110 PER - Arequipa

    The Museo Santuarios Andinos was opened following the discovery in 1995 at the top of the Nevado Ampato (some 6000m high), of the body of a young girl, sacrificed by the Incas 500 years earlier. Called the Ice Maiden, she was remarkably well preserve..

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