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10 Great Destinations in Peru

The ruins of the Inca Empire that was founded in Peru make it well-known as the “Land of the Incas”. But Peru is not only famous for its rich history but also for its nature, from mountain to beach. Even the Amazon, the world’s biggest river, can be found there. Here are the 10 great destinations in Peru that you should visit.


10. Mancora

Those who love the beach, surfing, or nightlife should add Mancora to their itinerary. Mancora is a beach town located on the northern coast of Peru. During holidays, this city is a popular destination among Peruvians. The accommodations along the beach will be fully booked. The best time to go surfing is during December and January when the huge waves break along the beach. But it’s not only surfing — you can also enjoy the sun or swim at the beach.


9. Trujillo

Trujillo was founded in 1534 and is located in northwestern Peru near the Pacific Coast. This city is famous for its seafood and beaches because of its geographic location. The most popular attractions are Chan Chan, the Marinera Festival, the Spring Festival, and El Brujo. Chan Chan is an archaeological site which is the largest adobe city of the ancient world. The Marinera festival is held in late January, while thr Spring festival in late September. Cultural events are held during the festivals. Meanwhile, El Brujo is an archaeological complex that has museums and views from the coast to the Andes.


8. Iquitos

Located on the banks of the Amazon River in northeastern Peru, Iquitos is interesting for those travelers who want to explore Amazon River. This city is surrounded by water and thick Amazon rainforest that require you to use planes and boats as the primary ways to enter. That’s why people know it as the largest city in the world that’s inaccessible by roads.  You can take flights from Lima, the capital of Peru, to Iquitos or go there by boat from any navigable port on the Amazon River.


7. Cusco

Located close to the famous Inca ruins such as Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco is one of Peru’s most important destinations. Cusco is the gateway to exploring Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. History said that Cusco was the historical capital of the Inca Empire. You’ll find an Incan site known as Sacsayhuaman  located outside the city limits. Another attraction is the main square, called the Plaza de Armas, where you can find restaurants, cafes, and churches.


6. Lima

Lima is the largest city and the capital of Peru. It was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Fransisco Pizarro. That’s why you can find some Spanish palaces in this city. The beaches are located in the north and south of the city where you can find a vibrant culture and enjoy the nightlife. The popular suburb is Miraflores, which has many hotels and restaurants. Other attractions are enjoying the historic district that offers you interesting old churches, monasteries and one of the oldest universities in the Americas.


5. Puno

Puno is a city located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Its main attraction is the Uros Floating Islands, the home of Uru people. The island is interesting because it’s made of reeds. Even the people’s houses and their boats also made of reeds. Tour boats will take you to some different islands and show you how the islands are built. You can also visit several llama farms and learn about the history of llama.


4. Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley contains many Inca ruins. The location of the valley is in the Andes. That valley has some of the best lands in the region and special climatic qualities. That’s why it is called Sacred Valley. Visitors can take a tour package which includes a visit to the market at Pisac, an Inca village, the fortress of Ollantaytambo and lunch in Urubamba. It can be a private tour or a group tour, depending on your needs. But if you don’t want to take the tour, you can travel on your own by local bus. Everything is up to you.


3. Nazca Desert

The main attraction in Nazca Desert is Nazca Lines which are  UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a series of large ancient geoglyphs that created between 200 BC and 700 AD. John Reinhard wrote a book about it. The title is The Nazca Lines: A New Perspective on their Origin and Meaning. Through his book, he reveals that the straight and trapezoidal line has relation with water and it is part of a ritual. You can take a tour package that offers round flights to view the lines. It’s a bit pricey but worth it.


2. Arequipa

Arequipa is a city in Southern Peru. Its nickname is “the white city” because white stones are used to build many buildings. The stones were quarried from many volcanoes around the city. One of the famous buildings in this city is the Monastery of Saint Catherine. It is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order where you can find charming streets, colorful buildings, and flowers. Buildings that have Spanish colonial architecture can be found in the center of the city.


1. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the most popular attraction in Peru. It is located in the Andes Mountains, 2,100 meters above sea level. According to archaeologists, it was built as an estate for the Inca emperor. That’s why people mention this place as “Lost City of the Incas”. Even though this place isn’t easy to reach, many people all over the world add Machu Picchu to their bucket list. The peak season is May until August and the number of daily visitors is limited. So, if you don’t want tickets to be sold out, then book your ticket in advance or avoid May-August.


Source: touropia, wikitravel, national geographic, andean travel, amusing planet, luxurylaunches, landlopers, boldtravel, ancient summit, zicasso, getmetravelled, perumission, 10lugaresturisticosdelperu

Originally posted 2017-04-05 07:53:54.

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