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Peru Popular Places to Visit

Plaza De Armas

One of the most pleasant places in Lima is the main square, Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), in the heart of the city's historic district. Most of the buildings on the square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, date to the mid 18th century. Many of the structures were rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1746. The highlights around the Plaza de Armas are the cathedral on the east side and Government Palace (Palacio del Gobierno) on the north side. Also of interest are the Archbishop's Palace and the Casa del Oidor.

Lima, Peru

Puerto Maldonado

Just a half hour flight from Cusco, Puerto Maldonado is a key jumping-off point for tours of the Amazon. This is a completely different experience than visitors will find in other parts of Peru, with hot humid jungle and a chance to see all kinds of unique wildlife. Caimans, capybara, monkeys, parrots, turtles, and piranhas are what visitors can expect to find in this part of the country.

Cusco, Peru

Arequipa\'s Historical City Center

Arequipa, at more than 2,300 meters, is often regarded as Peru's most beautiful city. Set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the city center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city's main claim to fame is the old architecture constructed of sillar stone, a volcanic rock that radiates a bright color in the sunlight. Most of the colonial buildings in the historic city center are made from this stone, giving rise to its nickname of the "white city."

Arequipa, Peru

Cusco\'s Architectural Treasures

Walking through the streets of Cusco is like wandering through a museum, with history built upon history in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inca ruins have been used in the foundations of many of the lovely old colonial buildings lining the narrow roads, showcasing the city's long history. The main square, Plaza de Armas, in the city center is home to the Cathedral and La Compania, two equally impressive structures. 

The square is also a great place to start a walking tour, grab a meal, or people watch during the day. And while there are countless buildings and museums worth visiting, the church of Santo Domingo, resting on the ruins of the Inca site of Coricancha, is one of Cusco's must-see attractions.

Cusco, Peru

The Inca Trail

The famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike, which terminates at Machu Picchu, and is regarded by many as the highlight of their trip to Peru. This scenic trail is often more demanding than what many people are expecting, but also more rewarding. There are a couple of different starting points for the Inca Trail, but the traditional four-day hike begins at km 82 of the Cusco - Aguas Calientes rail line. From this point, the trail passes more than 30 Inca ruins and traverses through some spectacular scenery.

The most difficult portion of the trail is the second day of the hike, with a climb of 1,200 meters in elevation gain and two high passes.

The hike must be done with an agency, and reservations should be booked well in advance, particularly in the high season of June to August. Some agencies offer a shorter version of the hike, which entails either the last two days or just the last day of the hike. There are campgrounds at intervals along the trail and one at the base of Machu Picchu.

Inca, Peru

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

One of the largest reserves in Peru, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve exhibits surreal views of the forest reflecting on the water’s surface. Home to an extensive number of various species of flora and fauna, this national reserve is one of the popular places to visit in Peru.

One can spot bright colored birds, different species of monkeys, beautiful orchids, luxuriant vegetation, and much more. The best way to take a look around this national reserve is via a tour on the cruise.

Lagunas, Peru

Chachapoyas

In a valley in northern Peru, is this town called the Chachapoyas surrounded by the cloud forest. The town often attracts history buffs due to its rich heritage and is no doubt one of the best places to visit in Peru, South America. The town is a way to archaeological sites and attracts a lot of tourists each year. If you are an adventurous soul, then you can find hiking opportunities in this quaint town of Chachapoyas.

Chachapoyas, Peru

Huanchaco

This beach town in Peru is located in Trujillo city and is famous for caballitos de totora, ceviche, and surfing. Huanchaco isn’t someplace that would look like a standard beach town to the tourists. The town has been infused with rich history and is located at a close distance to the age-old ruins of Chan Chan.

The historical elements in this place are a reflection of Colonial and Pre-Columbian eras. Therefore, surfers, as well as history buffs, would love this town in Peru.

Trujillo, Peru

Markawasi

Markawasi is considered to be a stone forest and is ideal for the adventurers, as the place gives them the opportunity for hiking in the mountains of Andes. The place is known for its intricate stone structures and is located 6 hours away from Lima.

However, make sure you take a day’s break before coming to this place from Lima, as there’s a chance you would be caught by severe altitude sickness if you travel this far the same day.

Andes Region, Peru

Cordillera Blanca

Round off your list of places to visit in Peru with a trip to Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range that offers plenty of opportunity for hiking. Climbers can also put their skills to the test by summiting Huandoy.

This mountain range is considered to be the part of the larger range of Andes, expanding for about 200 kilometers. This range comprises various peaks that are more than 6,000 meters high. The range even includes about 722 glaciers.

Huaraz, Peru