Things not to miss in Peru
#01 Pisac Market
The ruined citadel of Kuelap is one of the most fascinating archeological sites in the Andes.
#03 Lagunas de Llanganuco
The deep blue of these lakes in the Cordillera Blanca changes with the weather.
This sacred healing lagoon, ringed by palm trees and hidden among massive sand dunes, draws sandboarders and dune-buggy riders from all over the world.
#05 Uros islands
One of Lake Titicaca’s many treasures, these man-and-woman-made floating villages have existed in the lake since Inca times.
#06 Andean agricultural terraces
These mountainside terraces in the magnificent Cotahuasi and Colca canyons give evidence of the impressive organization of pre-Conquest native societies.
Though it doesn’t attract the hype of Lima or Cusco, Peru’s third city charms with its colonial architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
#08 Ballestas Islands
Often called the Peruvian Galapagos, these islands located off the coast of Pisco are teeming with bird and marine life.
Peru’s national dish is a refreshing treat – fresh fish soaked in lime juice and chillies.
#10 Rainforest canopy walkway
Peru’s jungle can be viewed at its best from the Amazon’s longest tree-top canopy walkway, reaching 35m above ground at the Amazon Explorama Field Station.
#11 Reserva Nacional Paracas
Just a few hours out of Lima, Paracas is a coastal wildlife haven, boasting some fantastic beaches alongside archeological sites.
#12 Cordillera Blanca
The glacial scenery of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range is among the finest and most accessible on the planet.
This white stone city, beautiful and intriguing, is watched over by the awesome, ice-capped volcano of El Misti.
Bustling streets, impressive churches, passionate religious processions and unique artesanía make this Andean city a standout.
The zigzag megalithic defensive walls of this Inca temple-fortress are home to the annual Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun.
#16 Chavín de Huantar
Dating back over 2500 years, this large temple has many striking stone carvings and gargoyles, both externally and within its subterranean chambers.
#17 Puerto Belén
A frenetic, floating jungle port that has been called the Venice of the Peruvian jungle.
Peru’s most popular surfer hangout features gorgeous beaches and buzzing nightlife.
#19 Valley of the Pyramids
Over twenty adobe pyramids built by a pre-Inca civilization surround a sacred mountain at Túcume in the northern deserts.
#20 Nasca Lines
Take a helicopter tour to get the full impact of these intricate symbols, etched into the deserts of southern Peru.
#21 Colca Canyon
Twice the size of the Grand Canyon, the enormous Colca, one of the deepest canyons in the world, is also one of Peru’s biggest destinations.
#22 Machu Picchu
With mysterious temples and palaces nestling among hundreds of terraces, this fabulous Inca citadel is awe-inspiring.