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  • 1 Island of Taquile Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - Puerto Chilcano

    Time seems to have stood still on the island of Taquile. In a hilly landscape whose slopes can be steep enough to prevent cars from getting around, the locals have preserved their customs and continue to make their own clothes of which they seem very..

  • 2 Capachica headland Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - 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..

  • 3 Compañía Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas PE - Arequipa

    Whether it be the interior or the exterior, Compañía Church (17C) is a gem of Baroque architecture. Surprising plant, animal and Indian interlaced motifs and patterns adorn the portal and the cloister, while the church's nave is graced with finely ca..

  • 4 Museo Santuarios andinos Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    110 La Merced PE - 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..

  • 5 Historic town of Arequipa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - Arequipa

    The historic heart of Arequipa is built out of volcanic sillar and paints one of Peru's most homogeneous architectural pictures. European styles mingle happily with local traditions, in particular in the Baroque decoration of the facades. In addition..

  • 6 Museo de Arte virreinal Santa Teresa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    303 Melgar PE - 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..

  • 7 Ballestas Islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - Paracas

    If you visit the natural reserve of Paracas, make sure you include a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. The bright white coastline is in fact entirely covered in guano (bird excrement used as fertiliser or to manufacture explosives). Cormorants, pel..

  • 8 Plaza de Armas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - 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..

  • 9 Fortress of Sondor Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - 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..

  • 10 Stone of Sayhuite Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - 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..

  • 11 Lagoon of Llanganuco Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - 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..

  • 12 Nevado Pastoruri Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - 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..

  • 13 Cañón del Pato Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - 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, ..

  • 14 Chavín de Huántar Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - 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..

  • 15 Callejón de Conchucos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    PE - 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 ..

  • 16 Cerro Sechín Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - 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..

  • 17 Centre historique de Trujillo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PE - 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..

  • 18 Pyramids of Moche Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PE - 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..

  • 19 Museo arqueológico nacional Brünning Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8 Av. Huamachuco cuadra PE - 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, ..

  • 20 Cajamarca Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de Armas PE - 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..

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