TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS OF PERU
Lima is the capital of Peru and is the perfect combination of traditional and contemporary architecture. While touring its streets, you can admire its churches, archaeological sites and mansions with balconies that coexist with modern buildings. In 1991, its Historical Center was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO and recognized in 2013 by Travelers’ Choice as the best emerging destination.
Its beaches are perfect for surfers and on its boardwalks, the gentle breeze is very refreshing during bike rides and walks. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can also try paragliding over the Pacific Ocean.
Due to the excellent quality and passion of the Peruvian cooks, Lima is also famous for being home to one of the best gastronomies in the world. Known as the Gastronomic Capital of America, it is home to an inexhaustible number of places to enjoy the spicy flavors which are present in more than 400 typical dishes.
2. Machu Picchu (Cusco)
It is no wonder that Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) is the most visited place in Peru. This architectural wonder of stone, dating from the middle of the fifteenth century, is located in the heart of the jungle.
Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city, in the Andes of Peru located at 2,430 meters (8,000 feet). This beautiful place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is not only one of the most famous symbols of the ancient Inca Empire, it is one of the most famous and spectacular ruins in the world. In addition, it is one of the new wonders of the modern world. A visit in Peru would not be complete without visiting Machu Picchu.
Even today, it remains a mystery how they were able to carry immense blocks of stone to the top of the mountain to build such a magnificent example of their knowledge and culture.
3. Colca Canyon (Arequipa)
The Colca Canyon is one of the most popular excursions in Arequipa. The canyon was formed by the erosion of the Colca River and is one of the deepest of the earth reaching 3400 meters in the area of Canco. This is a destination that combines the richness of beautiful inter-Andean natural scenery, villages and people who continue to preserve their ancestral customs, where you can enjoy thermal springs and excellent settings for adventure sports such as rafting and kayaking, paragliding, mountain biking , mountaineering, trekking, horse riding among others.
4. Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Also known as the “Sacred Lake,” Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3812m (12507ft) and is one of the most popular attractions in Peru due to the great importance it had for ancient cultures like the Tiwanaku and Inca. It is the second largest lake in South America with a surface area of 8372km2 and is shared by Bolivia and Peru.
This paradise is ideal for lovers of tourism as it is one of the most beautiful and mysterious places in America. You can take tours of the lake and visit some of the islands. You can even arrange an overnight stay on of the islands with a local family.
Make sure you use sunscreen on the lake and wear warm clothing in the evening because it gets very cold very quickly.
5. Nazca Lines (Nazca)
The enigmatic Nazca Lines are curious geoglyphs (figures built using stones). They are located in the Pampas de Jumana, in the desert of Nazca, between the city and Palpa. Both the creators and the meaning of these striking abstract figures and animals remain a mystery, but they are still an incredible site to see. Tourism to this area is directly related to Nazca lines and archaeological complexes. The city has comfortable hotels and restaurants, easy land access from Lima, Ica or Arequipa and an airfield without regular air traffic, but widely served by air-taxis from Ica or Lima.
6. Choquequirao (Cusco)
Choquequirao is a jewel nestled in the heart of the jungle of Peru. The ancient city of Choquequirao, in Cusco, is known as “the sister city of Machu Picchu.” This beautiful Inca citadel surprises everyone who visits it. Choquequirao Trek has only recently come into prominence and is arousing the interest of many tourists and researchers. For its impressive andeneria, ceremonial plazas, temples and network of Inca roads. This route to Choquequirao is of all the treks in Peru, undoubtedly one of the most demanding, sacrificed, long and, above all, beautiful but well worth doing. There are talks of developing a cable car line but it has not been confirmed when it will be ready for tourist use. Choquequirao has topped in the prestigious Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 Top Regions list.
7. Iquitos (Loreto)
Iquitos is one of the main attractions in Peru because of its charm and flavor. It is located in the northeastern part of the Peruvian territory and is the largest city in the world to only be accessible via river and air. Besides having exotic landscapes with a variety of fauna and flora, it has become one of the most visited cities by Peruvians and foreigners. You can also travel along the mighty Amazon River, reveling in its forests and animals. Travelers recommend visiting the market and the “floating city” of Bethlehem. You can also see the colorful creatures of the butterfly farm and an animal rescue center, as well as enjoy a cruise on the great river.
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