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  • 1 Museo de Arte virreinal Santa Teresa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    303 Melgar 303 PER - Arequipa

    It is a treat to wander through the rooms of the Museo de Arte virreinal Santa Teresa. Frescoes, paintings (particularly by Quispe Tito), sculptures and different objects of the colonial era are located in this pleasant early 18C convent, still parti..

  • 2 Plaza de Armas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas PER - Ayacucho

    Enjoy a stroll down the alleys lined with benches and greenery of the delightful Plaza de Armas, admiring the handsome edifices hidden by the arched arcades. From the cathedral and its magnificent altarpieces - others are exhibited in the Museo de Ar..

  • 3 Fortress of Sondor Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Andahuaylas

    The recently restored and embellished mythical fortress of Sondor was one of the main bastions of the Chanca nation, which during the pre-Columbian era, covered almost all the central Andes. It is a colossal pyramid comprised of several stone platfor..

  • 4 Stone of Sayhuite Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Cachora

    Sayhuite stone is a huge stone, some 4m in diameter, adorned with carvings of mountains, rivers, animals (particularly monkeys, pumas and condors) and humans. It is not known exactly when it was carved, but is generally believed to represent the Inca..

  • 5 Lagoon of Llanganuco Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Huaraz

    The two lakes of Llanganuco lagoon, in the heart of the Cordillera Blanca, are one of the spectacular natural sights of the Callejón de Huaylas. The inferior lake (Chinancocha) is much bigger and deeper than the smaller superior lake (Orconcocha), wh..

  • 6 Nevado Pastoruri Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Huaraz

    A great favourite with Peruvian tourists, Pastoruri is one of the most accessible glaciers south of Huaraz and is popular all year round for skiing, snowboarding or just playing in the snow. The road goes over Pachacoto bridge and through the Carpa z..

  • 7 Cañón del Pato Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Caraz

    To the north of Caraz, Río Santa has dug impressive gorges at the junction of the white and black cordilleras, creating the cañón del Pato, a narrow, 1,000m-deep canyon, which is the most spectacular in the north of Peru. To dig an, albeit perilous, ..

  • 8 Chavín de Huántar Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Chavín de Huántar

    Temples and squares linked by impressive staircases, together with unusual underground passageways. The site of Chavín de Huántar is home to the remains of one of the oldest civilisations known in Peru (1000BC), which organised ceremonies here that w..

  • 9 Callejón de Conchucos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PER - Chavín de Huántar

    The callejón de Conchucos is depicted by a series of small, cultivated basins, each of which is occupied by an agricultural town, linked by deep valleys or separated by wild and inhospitable punas. The peaks of the Cordillera Blanca have slopes that ..

  • 10 Cerro Sechín Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Casma

    In 1937 on the slopes of a rocky hillside called Cerro Sechín, archaeologist Julio C. Tello discovered the ruins of a temple dating from the Formative period (1000BC). The outer walls of all four sides of its enclosure are adorned with flat monoliths..

  • 11 Centre historique de Trujillo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de Armas PER - Trujillo

    A multitude of churches, palaces and casonas (colonial houses), such as Casa Ganoza Chopitea and its rococo portal and the elegant abode that is today home to the archaeological museum. The historic centre of Trujillo, most of whose edifices are arou..

  • 12 Pyramids of Moche Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Moche

    The Huaca del Sol (40m high) and the Huaca de la Luna (21m high), a dozen or so kilometres from Trujillo, are some of the major vestiges of the Mochica (or Moche) culture, known for their human sacrifices and their "head cutting" deity ( Ai..

  • 13 Museo arqueológico nacional Brünning Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Huamachuco cuadra 8 s/n PER - Lambayeque

    The exceptional collection put together by the founder of this ceramics museum is regularly enriched by the results of excavations carried out in the region. Apart from the magnificent pieces of textile and jewellery of the Sicán and Chimú cultures, ..

  • 14 Cajamarca Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas PER - Cajamarca

    Begun in the late 17C in the Plateresque style, the cathedral is renowned for its splendid Baroque facade, one of the most richly carved in Peru. Flanked by two unfinished towers, it contains a rococo-style main altar carved out of wood. Next-door to..

  • 15 San Francisco Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas PER - Cajamarca

    Set off the road in a garden, the Baroque façade of the 17C San Francisco church, far more understated than that of the cathedral, is without doubt the first Christian sanctuary founded in Peru. The entrance to the catacombs is near the main altar. T..

  • 16 Ventanillas of Otuzco Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Cajamarca

    It is an amazing sight to see the multitude of square openings dug into the cliff, lined and piled up in neat lines and rows. Although they may initially be reminiscent of troglodyte habitations, the ventanillas of Otuzco (7-13C) were in reality Caja..

  • 17 Aquaduct of Cumbe Mayo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PER - Cajamarca

    On reaching the site of Cumbe Mayo, the visitor is struck by the eroded rocks that seem to have eerie human shapes. Petroglyphs have been found inside a cavity. The Cajamarca Indians dug an amazing aqueduct, nearly 9km-long, here right out of the roc..

  • 18 Revash Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PER - Yerbabuena

    After a 2hr walk, you reach Revash, the site of two groups of funeral mausoleums painted red and cream and built into cavities dug out of the soft limestone rock. A few bones are still visible inside, and the walls are decorated with drawings of feli..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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 ..

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