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Tourism

Peru is a very diverse country, which has 11 eco-regions and 84 life zones of the 117 that exist in the world. It has an enormous multiplicity of landscapes due to its geographical conditions, which in turn gives you a great diversity of natural resources. In its territory can identify three major regions according to their altitudes. This has been the traditional way of dividing: north, center and south, as well as coast, mountain and forest.
 
Pre-Inca cultures settled over 3,000 years mainly on the coast and the mountains of Peru.
Some reached with his power and influence large territories that, decline, gave way to minor regional centers. Many of them stood out for their ritual pottery, their ability to adapt and superb management of natural resources; vast knowledge from which later the Inca culture nurtured.

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Cajamarca

Location: Highlands of northern Peru, bordering Ecuador.
 
Size: 33,318 Km2 (13,057 sq. Miles)
 
The scene of the final days of the Inca Empire, Cajamarca offers its noble Andean heart of sensual landscapes, home to Peru's best cattle and a remarkable dairy production. It boasts magnificent colonial architecture like the Cathedral and the churches of San Francisco, Belén and Recoleta. This is a land of history with places like the Baños del Inca (Inca Baths), the Ventanillas de Otuzco and Cumbemayo.
It's a bucolic nature destination like the La Colpa Estate and Porcón Farm. A colorful region that every year, in February and March, is dominated by carnivals.

Porcon Farm (Atahualpa Jerusalen Agricultural Cooperative)

Location: 30 km north of Cajamarca.
 
It is a cooperative decided to open the doors to tourism. Here visitors can appreciate their way of life and participate in farm work, cattle raising, and forestry work. Additionally, visitors can go for walks through the pine forest. In one single place it is possible to experience agro-tourism, nature, and cultural exchange, and visit the small zoo with vicuñas, deer, tigrillos, monkeys and eagles.

Cumbemayo Archaeological Complex

Location: 20 km south-west of Cajamarca.
 
Discovered in 1937, it is surrounded by an interesting forest of stones that seem to mimic the silhouettes of penitent friars (which is why they are commonly known as the "big friars"). Also of note is the Aqueduct (1000 B.C.), an exceptional work of hydraulic engineering; the "Sanctuary", a cliff face resembling a gigantic human head; with cave art, or petroglyphs. 

Hacienda La Colpa (Farm)

Location: 11 km from Cajamarca.
 
Dedicated to the raising of cattle and milk production. Famous for the "calling of the cows," which obediently occupy places bearing their own names, in order to be milked. It features a small artificial lagoon and a chapel in honour of the Virgin of Carmen. There is also a lookout point next to the bell tower that offers a splendid view of the great mountainous landscape. Cheeses, "manjar blanco" (a sweet similar to toffee), natural yoghurt, and handicrafts are on sale.

Ventanillas (small windows) de Otuzco

Location: 8 km north-west of Cajamarca.
 
The Otuzco necropolis is commonly known as the "Windows of Otuzco" because of its peculiar appearance - rows of square or rectangular funerary niches carved into the surface of volcanic rock in consecutive rows. Due to looting of the site, it is difficult to determine its exact age, but certain clues point to an association with the Cajamarca civilization, which was influential in the region between 300 and 800 a.D.

Cutervo National Park (Cutervo)

Location: 260 km north of Cajamarca.
 
Home to flora and fauna indigenous to the Los Tarros Mountain Range. A wildlife haven for jaguars, tigrillos, spectacled bears, and otters, among other species. One of its main attractions is the guácharos, nocturnal birds inhabiting what is known as the Cave of the Guácharos. Particularly striking are its landscapes encompassing scrublands, dwarf forests and cloud forests.

Amazonas

Mysterious and natural

Amazonas destinations are famous for its cloud forests and exceptional microclimate, orchid habitat, Andean bears and cocks-of-the-rocks; the Amazonas Province offers the perfect combination of adventure, culture, and archaeology. Archaeological sites with the enigma of Kuélap, the citadel built between the Andes and the jungle, as well as mysterious tombs and sarcophagi, the legacy of the Chachapoyas culture that once reigned here, are unique features of the Amazonas in Peru.
 
Mansions and colonial balconies, hot springs, scenic lakes, and gigantic waterfalls like Gocta and Yumbilla create a destination with endless possibilities.
 
Location: Highlands, jungle outskirts, and Amazon rainforest in northern Peru.
 
Size: 39,249 Km2 (15,154 sq. Miles).

Yalape Archaeological Remains (Chachapoyas)

Location: 21 km south of Chachapoyas.
 
Archaeological complex with remains from the Chachapoya civilization (1100 - 1300 A.D.). It stretches over 4 hectares at 2,700 masl. The site contains classic circular buildings with friezes in high relief in rhomboid and zigzag shapes.

Lagoon of the Condors (Chachapoyas)

Location: Leymebamba district is located 93 km south of Chachapoyas (2 hours 30 minutes by car), from which the lagoon is located 45 km away (between 8 - 12 hours by foot and mule). Hiring a guide is mandatory.
 
Amazonas.
 
Also known as Laguna de las Momias (Mummies Lagoon), as a tomb was discovered on its shores containing over 200 well-preserved mummies despite the warm and damp climate of the region. Approximately 3,000 objects belonging to the Inca and Chachapoya civilizations were found with the mummies. The ourcrops are decorated with cave paintings.

Leymebamba Museum (Chachapoyas)

Location: ave. Austria w/o No, Leymebamba. 93 km south of Chachapoyas (2 hours 30 minutes by car).
 
Amazonas.
 
A modern museum exhibiting mummies and objects found in Laguna de los Cóndores (Condor Lagoon), as well as textiles, ceramics and weapons found in the area.

Kuélap Fortified Citadel (Luya)

Location: 72 km south-west of Chachapoyas (2 hours and 30 minutes by car) to the site known as the Malcapampa, followed by a 30-minute walk.
 
Amazonas.
 
Iconic tourism and archaeological site in the north-west of Peru. The political, religious, administrative and military centre (500 - 1450 A.D.) of the Chachapoyas civilization. The entire citadel is surrounded by a long wall with a perimeter of 1,900 metres. There are three entrances, two on the east side and one on the west. The entrances have unique and interesting features, becoming increasingly narrow further into the citadel until there is only room for one person at a time. The Torreón Norte fortress, which is 584 metres long and 110 metres wide, and it has an elliptical shape from South to North.

Gocta Waterfall (Bongara)

Location: 44 km to the north of Chachapoyas to Cocachimba (1 hour and 30 minutes by car), followed by 6 km to the waterfall (3 hours on foot).
 
Known as La Chorrera, this is an impressive waterfall, 771 metres high, divided in two falls and surrounded by exuberant flora and fauna, including "gallitos de las rocas" (cocks of the rock) and monkeys. It is the third highest waterfall in Peru.

Sarcophagi of Karajia (Luya)

2 metres tall and anthropomorphic, these are also known as the Purunmachos. Built with small stones and joined with mortar made of mud and straw, with fine rendering on the outside and layers of ochre-red and smoky white body and face paint. Each sarcophagus was built to hold just one person (mummified and placed in the foetal position, wrapped in a cotton blanket and tied with reed or "cabuya" ropes, to later be placed facing forwards on a deer hide).
 
Location: 51 km north-east of Chachapoyas (2 hours by car) to the Cruzpata community, from which visitors can walk 2 km (30 minutes).

Lambayeque

Here, in the desert and the sweltering valleys, lie important archaeological remains, such as pyramids and administrative centers. This is the land of the kings that ruled the north of Peru centuries ago, one of whom has returned from the past: the Lord of Sipan.
 
Location: On the north coast of Peru. Size: 14,213 km2 (5,488 sq.miles).

Huaca Rajada, Lord of Sipan Archaeological Complex (Chiclayo)

Location: 35 km south-east of Chiclayo (45 minutes).
 
Lambayeque.
 
In 1987, a tomb was discovered containing the intact remains of a member of the Moche royalty, the Lord of Sipán. The discovery revealed the ritual and tributes received in the tomb of a Moche ruler, who was accompanied by by a warrior, a priest, two women, a child, a dog, a llama and a guardian with amputated feet. The funeral dowry included numerous gold and silver jewels decorated with turquoise and lapis lazuli stones. The structure or huaca is formed of a funeral platform and two truncated adobe pyramids, also belonging to the Moche culture (1st - 6th century a.D.).

Pimentel Beach Resort (Chiclayo)

Location: 11 km west of Chiclayo (20 minutes).
 
Lambayeque.
 
A modern beach resort, perfect for surfing, motorboating and windsurfing. Visitors can also see fishermen in "caballitos de totora" (reed horses), traditional rafts like those used by their ancestors on the Peruvian coast since the pre-Columbian era.

Chaparri Ecological Reserve (Chiclayo)

Location: 95 km south-east of Chiclayo (1 hour 30 minutes by car).
 
Lambayeque.
 
Property of the Muchik Santa Catalina de Chongoyape rural community. The first private conservation area in Peru. Its goal is to preserve the dry forests and rich biodiversity in the area. It is home to numerous important endangered species, including the Spectacled Bear, Guanaco, White-Winged Guan and Andean Condor.

Ferreñafe City (Ferreñafe)

Location: 18 km north-east of Chiclayo (30 minutes).
 
Lambayeque.
 
Populated by farmers who grow rice. The old Santa Lucía church (baroque style) is a highlight. Known as the "Land of the Double Faith", owing to the presence of both Catholic and shamanistic (witchcraft) beliefs.

San Martín

Waterfalls beyond imagination

It has waterfalls, orchids and butterflies, and is characterized by florid landscapes and a tropical environment. The Río Abiseo (declared a UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site) and Cordillera Azul National Parks are sanctuaries for endangered species. Its lakes, like Lake Lindo and Lake Azul, have crystal-clear water, and there are towns and cities surrounded by vegetation, such as: Lamas, Rioja, Moyobamba and Tarapoto.
 
Its archaeological sites are not well known, for example the citadel of Gran Pajatén.
 
Location: North-east jungle of Peru.
 
Size: 51,253 km2 (19,789 sq.miles).

Plaza de Armas

Location: city centre.
 
The main attraction is a fountain with three waterfalls decorated with statues representing the beautiful women of the jungle.

Las Puntas or Natural Scenic Viewpoints

Location: On the outskirts of Moyabamba city.
 
Name for the San Juan, Tahuishco, Fachin and Doñe viewpoints. The most beautiful sunsets can be witnessed from the striking slopes.

San Mateo Hot Springs (Moyobamba)

Location: 4 km from Moyobamba (5 minutes by car).
Known for their medicinal properties, it is said that the waters are ideal for treating arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pains and stress. The temperature varies between 32°C and 40°C.

Renacal del Avisado Aguajales (Swamps) (Moyobamba)

A wet and globally unique ecosystem due to its altitude (800 masl). Highlights of its abundant plants are the aguaje palm and the renaco. This is a habitat for mammals (otters, capuchin monkeys, marmosets, tufted capuchin monkeys and sloths), birds, fish, reptiles and insects.

Paccha Waterfalls (Moyobamba)

Location: 30 km from Moyobamba (1 hour 45 minutes by car and a further 15 minute walk).
 
Surrounded by leafy vegetation, its waters come from the Paccha ravine. There are three, 30 metre high waterfalls that form natural pools ideal for bathing.

Gran Pajaten

The Citadel of Great Pajatén is located 2,850 meters above sea level, nestled on a plateau. It was only discovered in 1964. Studies in 1968 by archaeologist Duccio Bonavia, led to results, descriptions of at least 18 circular buildings covered by the citadel.
The Citadel would be an important legacy of the Chachapoyas, during the years 1200-1500, a group of men whose buildings were characterized by their location in areas of difficult access, which guaranteed the safety and defensive strategies of their enclosures. Pajatén City is no exception to the architectural design of these men as constructions that are on the top of a slope at the foot of a limestone cliff, with a narrow slope access, besides being very distant from other civilizations.
 
Find out more about San Martín Living culture, nature and adventure: For fans of archaeology and local traditions, those interested in nature, waterfalls and wildlife and bird watching, and lovers of hiking, rafting, kayaking and adventure sports.

La Libertad

Temples, pyramids and cities of mud that survive inclement weather: Chan Chan, Huaca del Sol y la Luna, el Brujo are some of the most remarkable destinations in the province of La Libertad. It offers exquisite colonial architecture in the beautiful mansions that line its streets, living culture with deeply-rooted customs like fishing on Caballitos de Tortora (the traditional reed rafts of the northern coast), and renowned beaches that attract surfers from around the world.
 
It is the birthplace of the seductive "marinera", the national dance of Peru. La Libertad, the very picture of ancient nobility.
 
Location: North coast of Peru, beaches, fertile valleys, mountains and jungle.
 
Size: 25,962 Km2 (10,024 sq. Miles).

Chan Chan Citadel (Trujillo)

Location: 5 km north-west of Trujillo, in Moche valley (10 minutes by car).
 
La Libertad.
 
The largest pre-Hispanic mud city in the Americas. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986. Chan Chan is thought to have been the capital of the Chimú kingdom, originally extending over more than 20 km2 from Huanchaco Port to the Campana hills. Archaeologists believe that it housed over 100,000 workshops, streets, walls and pyramid-shaped temples. Its massive walls are decorated with geometric figures, stylized animals and mythological creatures. The tour is supplemented with a visit to the site's museum.

Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) (Trujillo)

Location: 8 km south of Trujillo.
 
La Libertad.
 
The Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) served as a political-administrative centre and the Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) as a ceremonial centre. The Urban Zone is located between the two and composed of houses, large avenues, alleys, passages and plazas, confirming the high levels of political, religious, economic and social organisation in the Moche culture. The Huaca de la Luna is made of temples built on top of one another as a result of the different stages of the Moche era. On some walls, beautiful polychrome murals can be seen, whose figures clearly depict the god Ai-apaec. Within the temple, archaeologists have discovered a tomb with over 40 sacrificed warriors. Currently, tourists can only visit the Huaca de la Luna.

Huaca El Dragón (Dragon Temple) or Arco Iris (Rainbow Temple) (Trujillo)

Location: 4 km from Trujillo.
 
La Libertad.
 
An adobe pyramid, which is of great importance because its construction is believed to have occurred at the start of the Chimú culture and at the end of the Tiahuanco–Wari culture, between the 10th and 11th centuries. It is estimated to be 1,100 years old. The building has a quadrangular shape and walls decorated with tall reliefs that depict zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures. The name of the temple originates from one of these figures, a two-headed being with innumerable feet, similar to a dragon. Researchers believe that one of the roles of the site was ceremonial (potentially linked to rites in honour of the rainbow and other natural phenomena related to fertility).

Huanchaco Beach Resort (Trujillo)

Location: 13 km north-west of Trujillo.
 
La Libertad.
 
According to legend, Prince Tacaynamo and his entourage landed in Huanchaco 800 years ago, founding the first Chimú dynasty. "Caballitos de totora" (reed horses), traditional rafts used by fisherman on the north coast of Peru since the pre-Hispanic era, still navigate its waters. It is one of the most popular Peruvian beaches for surfing enthusiasts.

Ancash

Mirror of the sky

Among its wide variety of attractions you can find snow-capped mountains, lakes, valleys, beaches and unique flora and fauna. You can also appreciate the buildings of ancient, pre-Incan civilizations, and enjoy festivals that bring together tradition and the present-day way of life of its new inhabitants. Ancash has strikingly varied scenery, with its high peaks, like the snow-capped mountain Huascarán (6,768 meters above sea level), hundreds of lakes, picturesque valleys, like the Callejón de Huaylas, and trails bordered by eucalyptus trees and retama flowers that cross over the Andes to the archaeological site of Chavin de Huantar.
 
This is just a small taste of the cultural richness of Ancash – a destination that promises adrenaline-filled experiences.
 
Location: Northwest coast and highlands of Peru. Very diverse geography, with beaches and very steep, snowy mountains in the Andes Mountain Range, the highest in Peru (Huascarán, 6,768 masl - 22,205 fasl).
 
Size: 35,459 Km2 (15,154 sq. Miles).

Huascaran National Park

Visiting hours: During the day, times may vary according to the season and management.
 
Location: In the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), in the central mountains of Peru, in the high parts of the Callejón de Huaylas and the Eastern Ancash Mountains, at 6,655 masl.
 
Ancash.
 
The park was created in 1975 for the state to take responsibility for preserving the wild flora and fauna, geological formations, archaeological sites and beautiful landscapes. It was awarded Natural World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1985. Within its 340,000 hectares, which cover almost the entire Cordillera Blanca (White Range), the wide variety of high Andes vegetation and 300 lagoons can be admired. Animals that inhabit the area include the spectacled bear, the North Andean deer and the Andean condor (three endangered species), the puma, deer, the Andean mountain cat and many different birds.

Callejón de Huaylas

Location: It forms a narrow and picturesque valley, approximately 180 km long (measured between Catac and Huallanca). It is home to important cities including Recuay, Huaraz, Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz.
 
Ancash.
 
The area is located to the north of Lima, between the Pacific Ocean and the Marañón River. A broad, open Andean valley between the Cordillera Blanca (White Range) and the Cordillera Negra (Black Range). A clear sky, warm sun, benign climate, snowy peaks, crystal clear lakes, hot springs and dreamlike landscapes present the ideal conditions for experience-based tourism and adventure sports, including mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing, rafting and trekking.

Huayhuash Mountain Range (Chiquian town)

Location: 50 kilometres to the south of the Cordillera Blanca (White Range) and 111 km from Huaraz.
 
The dozens of peaks make the area ideal for trekking. The full trek takes nine days to complete and includes four trails at over 4,700 masl. Far from any urban zone with natural landscapes and wild fauna.

Cañón del Pato (Duck Canyon) (Huaylas)

Location: 25 km to the north of Caraz (30 minutes by car).
 
Ancash.
 
Formed by the Santa (Saintly) river as it passes through the Callejón de Huaylas, this is the point where the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra are closest to each other. The canyon, between 1,400 and 1,850 masl, is 15 metres wide and almost 1,000 metres deep. The Cañón del Pato hydroelectric dam, which supplies electricity for most of northern Peru, was built there.

Chavin de Huantar Archaeological Complex and Chavín National Museum (Huari)

Ancash.
 
Location: 109 km to the south of Huaraz.
 
Built in approximately 1200 B.C. The complex comprises ceremonial areas and pyramid structures built with enormous stone blocks. The "Templo Viejo" or Old Temple holds a series of underground galleries that provide access to the hall of the Lanzón; an impressive stone sculpture in the shape of a knife. The sculpture, which is 4.53 metres tall, was carefully carved with images of cats, birds and serpents, characteristic of Chavín iconography.

Lima

Location: on the central, western coast of Peru, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
 
 Area: Lima metropolitan area: 2,817 km2.
 
The founding of the viceroyalty transformed the city into the main political and administrative centre of South America. During this period, important temples, convents, mansions and balconies were built.
 
Find out more about Lima Living culture, nature and recreation For those interested in colonial monuments, archaeology enthusiasts, handicraft collectors, birdwatchers, museum lovers, beach lovers and those who like to eat splendid food.

Lima Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

Location: Historic Centre of Lima.
 
Lima.
 
Centre of the old colonial city. Around its edge are the Lima Cathedral, Government Palace and Provincial Municipal Authority of Lima. A highlight of the central part is a bronze fountain from the 17th century.

Lima Cathedral

Location: Lima's Plaza Mayor.
It occupies the site where the first major church in Lima once stood. It has an austere interior, although it is home to genuine historical treasures including the Baltasar Noguera choir stalls, several side altars and the remains of Francisco Pizarro. Tourists can also visit the Museum of Religious Art, which holds a significant collection of paintings, sculptures, chalices and chasubles.

Government Palace

Location: Lima's Plaza Mayor.
 
Residence of Francisco Pizarro (1535), who built it on the ground previously occupied by Taulichusco, chief of the Rímac valley. Since then, the site has been the centre of political power in Peru. The building was rebuilt in the 1920s after a fire. It has many courtyards and halls dedicated to important figures in Peruvian history which have been carefully decorated with outstanding works of art. Daily, at 11:45, the Patio de Honor (Honour Courtyard) is the setting for the changing of the guard under the responsibility of the glorious Battalion of the Hussars of Junín.

Gastronomy House

Location: jirón Conde de Superunda, 170.
 
Lima.
 
The museum offers a tour through over 500 years of history and ancient wisdom, up to the fusion of flavours and the influence of other cultures on Peruvian cuisine. Located in the house of Lima's old Post Office, next to the Government Palace, there are four rooms: the Permanent Hall, the Temporary Hall, the Multimedia Hall and the Pisco Hall, dedicated to our national drink. The tour also demonstrates the evolution of Peruvian cuisine, which also shows the products used in the present day.

Mamacona Estate (Lurín)

Location: km 25 on the Panamericana Sur. 20 minutes from Lima.
 
A traditional manor house, whose owners have been involved in breeding Peruvian Paso horses for years. Twice a week they put on a show in which visitors can see the delights of these unique animals, accompanied by a dinner of regional food and a folkloric show.

Pachacamac Archaeological Complex (Lurín)

Location: 31 km south of Lima, on the Panamericana Sur Highway (1 hour).
 
Lima.
 
The most important commercial centre on the Peruvian coast since pre-Inca times. The site holds palaces, plazas and temples built with mud (some of which have been restored), among which the Temple of the Sun and the Acllahuasi are highlights. Both were built during the Inca era (1440-1533), in the best preserved sector. There is a site museum with items discovered during excavations. 

Lunahuaná (Cañete)

Location: 181 km south of Lima.
 
This is a very fertile land where orchards and vineyards stretch along both sides of the Cañete River. Perfect for adventure sports or open-air activities, including rafting, mountain biking and hiking. It offers a varied cuisine, as well as delicious pisco and regional wines. In its surroundings, the Incahuasi archaeological site can be found, which dates back to the middle of the 15th century. The site has beautiful hanging bridges, temples and towns that can be toured on horseback.

Caral (Barranca)

Location: 206 km north of Lima, at km 184 on the Panamericana Norte.
 
The Caral Sacred City has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. The site corresponds to the most ancient civilization in Peru and the Americas (5,000 years old). Together with Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Mesoamerica, it is one of the cultures that allowed States, cities and great civilizations to flourish. Plazas at the foot of imposing pyramid constructions have been discovered. This is where inhabitants met to worship gods and exchange products, under the gaze of political and religious authorities.

Cerro Azul (Blue Hill) (Cañete)

Lima.
 
An ideal beach for surfing and cultural sites, with good food on offer. Perfect for bonfires and camping, it also boasts good hotels. Highlights include the Punta del Fraile (Friar's Point), the 1924 pier, the solar-powered lighthouse and the Guarco archaeological site.
 
Location: South of Lima's centre (1 hour 30 minutes).

Arequipa

Majestic and volcanic

Arequipa is the city of "sillar" (white stone), with snow-capped peaks, volcanoes, such as El Misti, deep canyons like the Cotahuasi and Colca, renowned cuisine, small coves and beaches.
 
Nestled between the coast and the southern highlands of Peru, it stretches to the Andes and contains the Ampato (6,288 masl), Chachani (6,075 masl) and Misti (5,825 masl) mountains.
 
Size: 63,345 km2.

Arequipa Cathedral

Location: Located to one side of the Plaza de Armas.
 
Arequipa.
 
One of the first 17th century monuments in the City. It was built of "sillar" (a volcanic stone) in the neoclassical style. It houses invaluable objects, like a church pulpit brought from Lille, France, and a 15-metre high monumental Belgian organ.

Santa Catalina Monastery

Location: Santa Catalina street 301.
 
Arequipa.
 
Built in 1580 and eventually expanded to include cloisters, plazas, streets, tiled roofs, and cobblestone paving, this walled citadel served as a totally enclosed convent for nuns from the city's most distinguished families. The town's interior houses valuable colonial paintings of the Cusco School, carvings and figures, religious relics, and well-preserved physical settings typical of daily life more than four hundred years ago.

Chiribaya pre-inca museum

Arequipa.
 
It possesses southern Peru's only collection of pre-Inca gold. It is currently part of the Municipal History Museum.
 
Location: Plaza San Francisco, 407.

Sabandía (Arequipa)

Location: 8 km to the south of Arequipa.
 
Traditional village surrounded by unique landscapes, broad terraces and three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Some of its houses have even retained characteristics of the viceregal or 19th century republican style. There is a recreational complex with two swimming pools fed by the cold water of the springs in the surrounding area.

Sumbay Caves - Cave Art (Arequipa)

Location: 97 km to the north of Arequipa along the Caylloma.
 
Located within the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, they are home to more than 500 cave paintings. These depictions, possibly made by the first settlers in the area, are approximately 6,000 to 8,000 years old.

Misti Volcano (Arequipa)

Location: The volcano slopes are 20 km to the north-east of Arequipa.
 
The Misti volcano, at 5,825 masl, is the city's guardian. From its peak it is possible to make out the city of Arequipa, the Chili River Valley, and the Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes.

Colca Canyon and Valley (Caylloma)

Arequipa.
 
A never-ending destination that combines natural riches, living history, and adventure sports like canoeing, mountain biking, mountaineering, hiking, and horse-riding. The canyon is 3,400 metres deep. Along the length of the valley there are fourteen colonial towns, where it is possible to see extraordinary examples of civil and religious architecture, stone houses with thatched roofs, and temples such as those of the Lari, Yanque, Cabanoconde, and Sibayo, which constitute true masterpieces of Mestizo Baroque art. At the top of the canyon there are scenic viewpoints placed strategically to allow visitors to admire the landscape and the flight of the majestic condor.
 
Location: The valley is 151 km to the north of Arequipa. The canyon is located 42 km to the west of Chivay.

Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve (Caylloma and Arequipa)

An impressive landscape of volcanoes, rivers, salt flats, and fanciful rock formations. It protects the threatened ecosystem of dry highlands that has been key to the conservation of both the Chili River Basin and the vicuña, in addition to other species of flora and fauna indigenous to that habitat. Among them, three species of flamingo, in addition to 358 plant varieties and 141 types of bird. It covers an area of 340,000 hectares and is home to three volcanoes: the Misti (5,825 masl), Chachani (6,075 masl), and Ubinas (5,676 masl), the most active in Peru.
 
Location: Approximately 80 Km. to the north-west of Arequipa.

Puno

Located on the Andean plateau, this region is dominated by Lake Titicaca, sacred place of the Incas and home to natural and artificial islands. There are pre-Hispanic archaeological sites with circular constructions that still go by their original name of “chullpas”. Its churches are characterized by their distinctive colonial architecture. Its inhabitants are proud of their Quechua and Aymara past, and their folkloric tradition that can be seen every year in the form of dances and rituals during the Candelaria festival. Puno is a legend, a multicolored festival, and home to natural and artificial islands.
 
Puno is a legend, a multicolored festival, and home to natural and artificial islands.
Location: Located in the mountainous south of Peru, it shares a border with Bolivia. The land is more or less flat, because much of it is on the Collao plateau.
 
Size: 71,999 km2 (27,799 sq.miles).

Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Location: 11 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
 
Puno.
 
An important lake in Andean mythology, from which, according to legend, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, children of the Sun god and founders of the Inca Empire, emerged. Peru and Bolivia share sovereignty over this navigable lake, which is the highest in the world at 3,810 masl. It has an area of 8,559 km2 and has a maximum depth of 283 metres. The annual average temperature of its waters varies, from between 9°C and 15°C from October to May, and from -14°C to -2°C, June to September. The lake works as a temperature regulator for the area regulator for the area; if it did not exist, the chance of any type of life would be nil. The Peruvian side has various islands, including Amantaní, Taquile, Ticonata, Suasi, Soto and Anapia (natural islands) and the floating areas created by the Uros (artificial islands). Totora (cat-tail) reeds grow on its shores, in which various birds and fish like carachi, catfish and the suche (which is endangered) live. These are all native species, valued because they are very nutritious. They coexist with trout and smelt, both species that have been introduced into the lake.

Uros Floating Islands (Puno)

Location: 5 km west of the port of Puno, (20 minutes by car).
 
Puno.
 
There are approximately 63 artificial islands floating in Lake Titicaca (3,810 masl), each inhabited by between 3 and 5 Uro-Ayamara families, who build and roof their houses with reed bundles. The main islands include Kantati, Flamengo (Flamingo), Pachamama, Suma Wiljpa, Tupiri, Santa María, Tribuna, Toranipata, Chumi and Paraíso (Paradise). The Uros describe themselves as the Kotsuña, "the lake people", with origins that stretch back to pre-Inca times. They still fish in the traditional manner, especially for carachi and smelt, and they also hunt wild birds. The men are skilled sailors of totora reed rafts and the women are expert weavers. The cold and dry climate, typical of the region, is produced by bodies of water that are constantly evaporating.

Ica

Valley of Mysteries and Good Pisco

Ica boasts characteristic dunes and a vast desert etched with enigmatic figures, the Nazca Lines, transformed into fertile fields by ancient cultures: The Paracas and the Nazca. Land of valleys, sun, beaches and a Natural Reserve inhabited by a lush variety of flora and fauna, it is also a mysterious land of villages, home of fine wine and "pisco", Afro-Peruvian music, and an oasis like the Huacachina, a patch of life in the heart of a blanket of sand.
Ica: more than one reason to enjoy it.
Location: Central coast of Peru.
Size: 21,305 km2 (8,226 sq.miles)

Vista Alegre Winery

Location: 3 km north-west of Ica (10 minutes).
 
Ica.
 
A traditional winery dedicated to wine and pisco making. The site still features vine processing techniques from colonial times.

Huacachina Lagoon

Location: 5 km south-west of Ica (10 minutes).
 
Ica.
 
Traditional relaxation spot for Ica residents. An oasis in the middle of the desert, with a splendid landscape of palm trees, "huarangos" (acacias) and dunes, where you can go sandboarding. Its waters are said to have curative properties.

Beaches and deserts

Location: 60 km from Ocucaje.
 
Ica.
 
An area with beautiful beaches, perfect for fishing, underwater hunting and camping. El Morro, El Negro, La Hierba, Lomitas, Oyeros, Antana, Barlovento and La Cueva are highlights. The desert has to be crossed to see them, in the company of a guide and with an appropriate vehicle.

Nazca Lines (Nazca)

Ica.
 
An enormous network of lines and drawings of animals and plants, attributed to the Nazca culture, covering an area of approximately 350 km2. Some of the best drawings depict humming birds, dogs, monkeys and "chaucato", long-tailed mockingbirds. From a 12 metre high viewpoint, the figures of the hand and the tree can be partially seen. However, to fully appreciate the drawings, the area must be flown over in a light aircraft. The Nazca Lines were declared a World Heritage Site in 1994.
 
Location: Pampas de San José, 25 km from Nazca (15 minutes)

Ballestas Islands (Pisco)

Ica.
 
They constitute a habitat for a wide variety of birds and sea lions, which can be easily seen from a motorboat. The trip around the islands is one of the most popular from Paracas.
Location: 2 hour trip from El Chaco quay (Pisco).

Paracas National Reserve (Pisco)

Ica.
 
A shelter for sea lions, Humboldt penguins, flamingos and many other birds. Various trips can be organised in the reserve, which holds numerous natural and archaeological attractions over its 335,000 hectares. One of these is the Candelabra, a geoglyph over 120 metres long, which can be best observed from the sea, on the route to the Ballestas Islands. The Interpretation Centre offers an interesting explanation of local biodiversity and the dangers it faces. The Julio C. Tello Site Museum permanently displays items from the Paracas civilization, discovered in cemeteries in the region.
 
Location: 250 km south of Lima (4 hours).

Madre de Dios

A paradise of biodiversity

Madre de Dios is home to never-ending forests, winding rivers and abundant wildlife. It is a wildlife reserve and refuge for endangered species, like the maned wolf and marsh deer. This region is also home to indigenous communities that promote ecotourism in regions with some of the richest biodiversity in the world, such as Lake Sandoval, Lake Valencia, Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, the only tropical, humid savannah ecosystem in Peru.
 
Location: It is located both by the coast and in the mountains, in the southeast of Peru. It has ravines and valleys, as well as rocky, desert regions.
 
Size: 85,183 km2 (32,889 sq.miles).

Puerto Maldonado (Maldonado Port)

Location: city centre.
 
Madre de Dios.
 
Capital of the region and departure point for journeys along the Tambopata and Piedras rivers and the lower part of the Madre de Dios river. 

Valencia Lake (Tambopata)

Visiting hours: daytime.
 
Location: 60 km from Puerto Maldonado (4 hours on a 55 horsepower boat).
 
Madre de Dios.
 
A 15 kilometre lake, 800 metres wide and 15 metres deep, this is a very special area due to the presence of trees such as the pumaquiro, quinilla, cedar, lupuna (kapok), palm and chestnut. Highlights of the local wildlife include bush turkeys, turtles (charapa and motelo varieties), lizards, monkeys, cormorants and herons. The wealth of its waters allows both the native population, the Huarayo, and the settlers nearby to fish for wrasse, palomenta (bonefish), carp, piranhas and araipama (paiche), the latter being a species that was introduced into the lake. Another regional occupation is chestnut harvesting.

Tambopata National Reserve (Tambopata)

Visiting hours: daytime.
 
Location: 45 km south of Puerto Maldonado (2 hours by motorboat). An alternative route can also be taken, 25 km over land (using a 4x4) to where the Infierno (Hell) community is located, followed by travelling on the river to reach the reserve (2 hours on a 55 horsepower motorboat).
 
Madre de Dios.
 
The reserve, which sits between the Tambopata and Heath river basins, covers 274,690 hectares and stretches into the Madre de Dios and Puno regions. It boasts an incalculable wealth of biodiversity: 632 species of bird have been discovered in the area, along with 1,200 species of butterfly, 169 species of mammal, 205 types of fish. Flora typical of the tropical regions can be seen; its most common ecosystems include aguaje palm areas, swamps, pacales and riverside forests, whose characteristics allow local people to take advantage of the natural resources. In order to access the area, visitors require prior authorisation from the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (Sernanp).

Manu National Park (Manu)

Madre de Dios
 
The area extends into the Cusco and Madre de Dios regions, stretching over 1,716,295.22 hectares. Since 1977, the area has constituted the core of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. The Park allows for research, education and recreation, as well as contributing to the preservation of archaeological heritage. Its presence contributes to the recognition and protection of cultural diversity. The area holds over 1,000 species of bird, including the harpy eagle, jabiru, jungle goose, cock-of-the-rock and roseate spoonbill; 200 species of mammal including the common woolly monkey, Peruvian spider monkey, otters, jaguar, margay, spectacled bear, Northern Andean deer and over 100 species of bat. Furthermore, trees can be seen that reach heights of over 45 metres and measure 3 metres in diameter. Typical species are the lupuna or ceiba, cetico, topa, cedar, huaira caspi and matapalo. The area is currently home to 30 Quechua-speaking rural communities, as well as many ethnic groups indigenous to the Amazon, including the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yaminahua, Piro, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire and Nahua.
 
Hours: daytime.
 
Location: 280 km from Cusco along the Cusco-Paucartambo road (10 hours using a 4x4) is Atalaya, from where the trip continues by river to Boca Manu (7 hours by boat). Afterwards, you have to travel along the Manu river to access the park. It is also possible to reach Boca Manu from Cusco by light aircraft (45 minutes).

Bahuaja-Sonene National Park (Tambopata)

Madre de Dios.
 
The site was established to protect the only tropical wet savannah in Peru. It is located between the Madre de Dios and Puno regions, in the provinces of Tambopata, Carabaya and Sandia. With a size of 1,091,416 hectares, it also crosses into Bolivia. Among the most important animals found in the area, highlights are the maned wolf, swamp deer, giant anteater, giant otter or sea wolf, bush dog, black caiman and harpy eagle.
 
Hours: daytime.
 
location: 90 km from Puerto Maldonado (5 hours on a 55 horsepower boat).

Cusco

Birthplace of the world

Seductive, striking and natural, Cusco’s history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns.Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons can be seen in Choquequirao, Saysayhuamán, Kenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Peruvians in an ecological environment. Captivating landscapes such as the Sacred Valley, where the mountains are clothed by terraces.
 
Pictures villages where the past forms part of the present. Cusco really is the birthplace of the world.
 
Location: Andes mountain range in the south of Peru.
 
Extension: 72,104 km2.

Cusco Plaza de Armas

Visiting hours: daytime and at night.
 
Location: surrounded by the Provincial Municipality's headquarters, the city cathedral and the Church of the Society of Jesus.
 
Cusco.
 
In Inca times, it was called "Huacaypata," a quechua word meaning a place of meeting or of weeping. It was an important ceremonial site, where the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was celebrated each year. It was also the site where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. With the arrival of the Spanish, the plaza was transformed: they built stone arches and erected the buildings that still surround it to this day.

San Blas neighbourhood

Visiting hours: daytime.
 
Location: 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
Cusco.
 
Named "T'oqokachi or hueco de sal" (salt hole), with steep, narrow streets and lovely colonial-style houses. It is known as the artisan's neighbourhood. Many families offer accommodation in their homes

Archbishop's Palace and The Stone of Twelve Angles

Cusco.
 
The building is a viceregal structure with Arab influences, erected on the foundations of the palace of the Inca Roca. Currently it is the central office for the Museum of Religious Art. On Hatunrumiyoc street one can admire an ancient Inca wall that was part of the palace of the Inca Roca, and which is an amazing example of the ancient Peruvians' skill at masonry and stone-polishing. In this structure, one particular stone, the "Stone of Twelve Angles," stands out for the perfect craftsmanship and alignment of its corners.
 
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.; Sun and public holidays 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
 
Location: Crossroads of Hatunrumiyoc and Jr. Herrajes streets.

Larco Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

Cusco.
 
The mansion was "Kancha Inca" in 1450; in 1580 it was the home of conquistador Alonso Díaz; and in 1850, that of Count Cabrera. It was completely restored, and reopened as the Museum of pre-Columbian Art in June 2003. The museum's 11 rooms are home to some 450 works dating from 1250 B.C. to 1532 A.D. They were selected from a repository of some 45,000 pieces in the care of the Larco Archaeological Museum of Lima.
 
Hours: Mon - Sun and public holidays 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
 
Location: Plazoleta (small plaza) Nazarenas 231. (084) 23-3210.

Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Complex (Cusco)

Visiting hours: Mon - Sun and public holidays 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
 
Location: 2 km north east of Cusco (10 minutes by car).
 
Cusco.
 
The complex comprises 33 archaeological sites, the best known of which is the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The building was probably used for religious purposes but, due to its location and style, the Spanish and contemporary writers assumed it was a military structure. The consensus among historians suggests that the construction of Saqsayhuaman began at the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century, under the leadership of Inca Pachactueq. In terms of how long the construction took, contemporary references indicate it took around 60 years. Saqsayhuaman would have held the most important temple in Hanan Qosqo or Upper Cusco, dedicated to Andean cosmology, worship of the Inti (Sun), Quilla (Moon), Chaska (Stars), Illapa (Lightning) and the other divinities. The building qualifies as a cyclopean construction due to the size of its stones, some of which weigh between 90 and 128 tonnes. On 24 June each year, the fortress is the setting for the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun.

Qenko Archaeological Complex (Cusco)

Visiting hours: Mon - Sun and public holidays 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
 
Location: 3 km north-west of Cusco (10 minutes by car).
 
Cusco.
 
Qenko or "labyrinth" is considered a sacred place in which ceremonies were performed in honour of the Sun, the Moon and the stars.

Puka Pukara Archaeological Complex (Cusco)

Visiting hours: daytime.
 
Location: 7 km north-east of Cusco (15 minutes by car and 2 hours on foot).
 
Cusco.
 
The complex holds numerous halls, inner plazas, aqueducts, watchtowers and paths. Its role would have been a "tambo" or a place of rest and lodging. According to legend, each time the Inca visited Tambomachay, he was accompanied by a large retinue that stayed in Puka Pukara. Its fortified appearance led to it being called a fortress.

Tambomachay Archaeological Complex (Cusco)

Visiting hours: Mon - Sun and public holidays 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
 
Location: 7.5 km north-west of Cusco (20 minutes by car).
 
Cusco.
 
The building would probably have had an important religious role linked to water and the regeneration of the earth. The site stretches over approximately half a hectare, and the material used for its construction was polygon-shaped limestone.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Cusco)

Visiting hours: The best time to visit is during the day.
 
Location: The location of the trail varies depending on the section you wish walk. The most popular route starts at km 82 on the Cusco-Machu Picchu railway line (40 km from Machu Picchu Citadel). A less strenuous alternative is the Camino Sagrado (Sacred Path), which starts at km 104 on the same railway line.
 
Cusco.
 
It forms part of the network of Inca trails (Qhapaq Ñan). This is one of the most famous trekking routes in South America. On the trek, hikers can see numerous ravines and waterways flowing from glaciers. Among the 12 archaeological sites that can be visited, the following really stand out: Qoriwachayrachina, Patallaqta, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipunku, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna.

Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex (Urubamba)

Cusco.
 
It was built during the Inca period as a fortified area, including a temple, terraces and an urban area. Two sections can be distinguished: one was named "Araqama Ayllu", an area related to worship and religion; and the other, "Qosqo Ayllu", was dedicated to housing. It was an important administrative centre that probably also fulfilled military functions, as suggested by its walls and turrets. Traces of ancient paths and aqueducts are found here. Ollantaytambo town is known as the "Pueblo Inca Vivo" (Living Inca Town), and its inhabitants still observe very ancient customs and traditions. From here, tourists can visit the town of Willoc, whose inhabitants, who speak Quechua, are distinguished by their red clothes identifying them as members of a unique group, setting them apart from the rest of the region.
 
Hours: daytime.
 
location: 97 km north-west of Cusco (2 hours 30 minutes by car).

Moray Archaeological Complex (Urubamba)

Cusco
The space comprises 4 slightly elliptical galleries, which the local inhabitants call "muyus". The biggest gallery has a depth of 45 metres and the average height of each terrace is 1.8 metres. It was an important centre of agricultural experimentation during the Inca period. The inhabitants managed to recreate the diverse ecological levels of the Tahuantinsuyo empire through the use of concentric terraces, which produced different temperatures at each level.
 
Hours: daytime.
 
Location: 9 km north-west of Maras (25 minutes by car).

Maras village (Urubamba)

Cusco.
 
It was an important location during the Vice-Royalty era, as shown by the church and houses which still bear the coats-of-arms of indigenous nobility on their facades
 
Hours: daytime.
 
Location: 48 km north-west of Cusco (1 hour by car).

Maras

It is a bizarre site. Area located at 60 km. (37 miles) and 7 km (4.3 miles) from Moray, where layers of beige and white salt pants are still used to crystallize salt from water. These mines were exploited from pre-Inca time. The disposition in the ways used for the extraction of the salt, transforms it into a spectacular scenario. These mines are located very near the town of Maras.
 
The plateau of Maras and Moray are excellent places to trekking or mountain biking; the landscapes are beautiful, and you will be able to have the sensation of touch the sky or snowy peaks.

Chinchero village (Urubamba)

Cusco.
 
The colonial church, with beautiful Cusco school paintings, is a highlight. On Sundays, a fair is held in which traders and farmers exchange their products through a system of bartering. The area features important archaeological sites (3,772 masl).
 
Hours: daytime.
 
Location: 28 km north-west of Cusco (45 minutes by car).

Pisaq

Near the town is located the "Parque Arqueológico de Pisac" (Archaeological Park of Písac), Inca archaeological locations, constructions in finely assembled refined stone, citadel, turrets, military fortresses, astronomical observatories, etc. Outstands the Inca cemetery, the biggest of America.
Every Sunday is celebrated the Sunday feast, headed by the caciques or bosses of Ayllus carrying their "varáyoc" and typical suits, folkloric dance and mass in Quechua. Every Sunday is also carried out the "catu" that is the indigenous fair of exchange of agricultural products in which the exchange, alive custom of Inca character prevails.

Tipón

Inca archaeological area, located at 23 km. (14 miles) southeast of Cusco. According to legends, Tipon is one of the royal gardens that Wiracocha ordered to be built. It is made up of twelve terraces flanked by perfectly polished stonewalls and enormous agricultural terraces, canals, and decorative waterfalls that, along with the native flowers of the area, offers the visitor a stunning vision. The site is composed of different sectors: Tipon itself, Intiwatana, Pukutuyuj and Pucará, Cruz Moqo, the cemetery of Pitopujio, Hatun Wayq´o, among others.

Piquillacta

Inca archaeological area, located at 38 km. (23.6 miles) southeast of Cusco, remains of a city that occupied an area of 50 hectares, big buildings, some of two floors, embankments, big walls that reach up to 7 m height, aqueducts. Also highlights the great quantity of colcas (deposits of grains), and the style of their construction, with small stones, put together with mud. This location is a place where you can also magnify the reach achieved by the Inca in the architecture and urban organization. The historians attribute to this place a character of military defense and center of supplies, for the big deposits of agricultural products, tools, dresses and war weapons that have been found.

Andahuaylillas

Town located at 45 km southeast of Cusco; it has a church with humble external aspect that keeps one of the most valuable jewel of the colonial art in Peru, denominated the Capilla Sixtina of Peru." The interior of the Church of San Pedro of Andahuaylillas is an explosion of Baroque art with great quantity of decorations. It was built in 1631, and according to the Spanish tradition, about an Inca temple, it has numerous and beautiful paintings of the Escuela Cusqueña; its altars and wood carvings are beautiful pieces elaborated in leaf of gold, its colored roof is a perfect beauty.

Raqchi - Wiracocha Temple

117 km (73 miles) from Cusco. Built in the fifteenth century, it is considered by the historians to be one of the most audacious Inca constructions. The remarkable Wiracocha temple, 100 meters (328 feet) long and 20 meters (66 feet) wide is made of adobe walls built on top of volcanic stone foundations. The complex also includes a residential area made for the Inca nobles and dozens of circular warehouses to store food.

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