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What to see in Peru

Peru Attractions


Peru offers much to see and, more subtly, a great deal to perceive. From breath-taking natural wonders, to tantalising glimpses into ancient civilisations, visitors can look forward to a textured experience. Lost cities, the world's second deepest canyon and mysterious designs in desert sands are among the country's many treasures. Peru's beautiful colonial cities and decent museums make for wonderful stops too.

Getting around the country is fairly cheap and easy, with plenty of internal flights operating on an almost daily basis. Added to that, Peru's public transport system is affordable and reasonably reliable. Travellers should ensure that they use reputable bus and taxi companies, though, as Peru's road safety record is not especially good. Fake taxi drivers have also been known to rob foreigners.

Otherwise, exposure to traditional Andean culture and some wonderfully remote regions makes Peru one of the world's great travel destinations. Culture lovers, history buffs and wildlife fanatics will not be disappointed.


Chan Chan

History lovers should make a point of visiting Chan Chan while they're in Peru. Once the Chimu Kingdom's capital, it was home to around 60 000 inhabitants, and was wealthy in gold, silver and ceramics.…

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Church of San Francisco

San Francisco is the most spectacular of Lima's colonial churches. Thankfully, locals and visitors can still enjoy its striking white and yellow towers and stone façade, as its one of the few…

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Coricancha Inca Ruins

The sacred complex of Coricancha was considered the centre of the Inca world. Its name means something like 'Golden Enclosure', though Inca stonework is all that remains of the ancient Temple of the…

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Machu Picchu

The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is regarded as the most significant archaeological site in South America, and one of the finest examples of landscape architecture in the world. It is the most…

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Pisco

Pisco is a small port and fishing village, and is best known for its fiery white-grape brandy of the same name. One of Peru's major ancient civilisations, the Paracas, established their culture in…

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Plaza Mayor and Plaza San Martin

Shoppers, vendors and sightseers crowd the long pedestrian street that connects the striking Plaza Mayor to Lima's other main square, Plaza de Armas. Visitors will find the heart of the old town in…

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Sacsayhuamán

Of the four ruins near Cuzco, Sacsayhuamán is the closest and most remarkable. Spanish conquistadors used it as a quarry during their day, given its proximity to Cuzco and the dimensions of…

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The Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is the most popular excursion from Arequipa, and the world's second deepest canyon. Culture lovers will relish the extremely picturesque valley, which is home to huge mountains, grand…

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The Nazca Lines

Nazca is a small desert town in southern Peru. Named after the Nazca civilisation, the area is famous for the mysterious lines and diagrams etched into the surrounding desert floor. Visitors will also…

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The Sacred Valley (Urubamba River Valley)

Known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this breathtakingly beautiful and fertile valley stretches between the villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Travellers will navigate it on the winding Urubamba…

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