Peru is probably one of south America’s most well-known destinations and the mysterious settlement of machu picchu has adorned many a tourist postcard, but while the country is certainly celebrated for the in ca trail, and its ancient archaeological site Peru has so much, more to offer than crumbling ruins explore the museums of lima soak in the hot springs of high altitude cusco and fly over the astonishing nazca lines here’s a look at the best places to visit in Peru.
Set in a scenic yet secluded spot far, from the peruvi an coast chachapoya’slies high amid the mountains and is the capital of amazonas foundedby the spanish in 1538the small city is home to a couple of interesting monuments and colonial buildings with plenty ofrestaurants and hotels found around itsma in plaza from here you can arrange to visitincredible sitessuch as the distinctive sarcophagi ofkarahia the pre-in ca city of quelap and the sparkling gokta waterfall.
Nestled within a lush valley eight hoursnorth of limatrujillo is celebrated for it sphoto genic colonial centerfilled with colorful spanish mansions and quaint churches not far from the pacific coast this relativelylarge city was founded in the 1500sclose to the abandonedchun tun ruins one of the largestpre-incan empires of ancient peru with in its impressive once-walled ruins this mud city is the largest adobe city in the americas and boasts a series of religious templesburial groundsand royal residences.
The puzzling nazca lines that crisscross the valleys of palpa and nazca have put this part of peru’s otherwiseuninteresting desert on the map these enormous inscriptions of linesanimals and other geometric patterns were carvedin to the sandy terrainby the nazca people and are believed to have been part of a thousand-year-oldholy road the dry windless stable climate of the nazca deser thas helped keep the lines uncovered to the present day.
Lake titicaca south America’s largestlakestraddles the border of bolivi a and peru at an elevation of just over 12500 feet it is considered the highestnavigable lake in the world many of its 41 islands areinhabitedincluding the floating islands then atives make with heavy reedsa bout 500 species of aquatic life livein the lakewhich has a large population of water birds local belief says the sun was bornat lake titicacai told you.
As peru’s capital and largest city lima is a sprawling metropolis of almost9 million people the city was founded in1535by the spanish conquistador franciscopizarro and offers a rich history as well asexceptional food and a great sense of culture whether you’re taking a stroll through the historic heart of lima central and its craft markets or exploring the more tourist friendly green suburb of mera flores which overflows with antique shops and bars you’re in for something special.
There’s a reason kolka canyon is the third most visited tourist destinationin perustunning views the canyon is one of the deepest in the worldand more than twice as deep as the grandcanyonif you get tired of scenic views you can feast your eyes on the sky where you may see and ean condors and the biggest humming birdsyou’ve ever seen villages are a good place to buy local handcrafts.
The heartland of the in ca empire the sacred valley of the in cas is avalley, in the and esclose to cusco and the ancient city of machu picchu the valley was appreciated by the in casdue to its special geographical and climatic qualities whichever route you take there’s plenty to discover along the way there are gorgeous colonial town sremote villages colorful markets and fascinating in can sites such as the citadels of pisac cinteroandolin taitambo tucked along this mysterious valley.
Lying at the foot of the towering elmisti volcano arequipa’s mountainous setting makes it beautiful to beholddistinct from the rest of the country arikipens rightly have much to be proud of as a stunning array of lavishcolonial architecturegreets you as you wander around the city streetsexamples of spanish colonialarchitecture can be found throughout the center of the city among the most significant of these is the santa catalina convent which has some lovely little streets and captivating architectural designs for visitors to explore.
Formerly the capital of the in ca empirecusco is mesmerizing to wander aroundas decadent colonial churches jostle forsupremacy with the in can temples and modern fast food joints that line its ancient cobbled streets the archaeological capital of the continentis simply breathtaking for its fantasticwealth of historical sites and rich cultural heritage thesurrounding areais full of amazing sights just waiting to be explored and as the gateway to machu picchu cusco is a must-see city in peru.
Machu picchu is a magnificentrepresentation of the in can civilization before the spanish came nestled in the peruvi an and esmachu picchu served as a palace for theem perora fortress and as a site for religiousceremonies where human sacrifices were made toap pease the godsun touched by the spa nish the site wasa bandoned after the conquest only to be discovered by an American professorin the early 1900s built from polisheds tones the city is a fascinating example of classical in can architecture with its spectacular views machu picchu is peru’s most visit edtourist attraction.