Home to a segment of the Amazon rain forest and highest tropical mountain ranges, the beautiful country of Peru boasts of spectacular natural beauty and exotic wildlife. Called the ‘Land of the Incas’, the Peruvian territory was once inhabited by the sun-worshiping Incas, forming the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. One of the world’s richest heritage, Peru has an immense wealth of archaeological remains and captivating sites for history buffs.
From striking jungle to shoreline desert via the magnificent peaks of the Andes, Peru’s astounding variety of places to visit means the potential for adventure is unlimited. A single trip is not enough to explore all the facets of Peru. So here’s a list of the Top 5 places to visit in Peru:
Situated in the Great Plains of the Amazon Basin and surrounded by the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers, the city of Iquitos is the largest city of Peru that is inaccessible by roads. Though linked to the outside world by boats and planes, it is still one of the most visited cities of Peru.
Iquitos gives you an incredible opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the world’s largest tropical rain forest.
You can experience the vibrant and varied Amazonian wildlife at the butterfly farm, protected natural reserves and animal orphanages while taking a sail on the great Amazon. During your stay in this vibrant city, make sure to stopover one of Peru’s most intriguing markets in the ‘floating village’ of Belén.
Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. A modern city, it naturally blends the historic Peruvian culture with the 21st century flamboyance.
This fascinating city offers you rich history, a vivacious culture and a buzzing nightlife too.
The beach-fronts in the north and south ends of the city, which have shopping centers, restaurants and fabulous hotels, draw a lot of crowd. Flaunted as one of the world’s gastronomic hot spots, this city offers an assortment of exquisite cuisine. From museums to archaeological sites, from scenic valleys to warm beaches, Lima is a destination you cannot afford missing.
Prevalently known as ‘The White City’, Arequipa is the second most densely inhabited city of Peru. Guarded by three histrionic volcanoes and the snow-capped peaks of the western Andes, the city enjoys a splendid setting.
The city’s architecture, an agglomeration of decorative buildings grafted from the pearly sillar stone, make this city worth visiting. Apart from the magnificent cityscape, Arequipa is also known for its classic spicy dishes and exotic culinary.
The 215,000 square footed Santa Catalina Monastery (a city within a city) complete with cascades, flowers and paved stone paths is the top attraction of the city.
Cusco epitomizes the perfect balance of Andean culture and the Incan majesty. This splendid city was once the historical capital of the Incan empire.
Located in Southern Peru, this metropolis serves as a base to explore the famous Machu Picchu and the Sacred Incan Valley.
Cusco features many well-preserved structures such as the Qoriacancha palace, the church of Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Colorful textiles, wild fiestas and lively summer carnivals add to the charisma Cusco.
5. Machu Picchu
One of the world’s famous archaeological wonders, Machu Picchu is the South America’s biggest draw. This outstanding 15th century Incan site is situated 7,970 feet above sea level at the meeting point of the Andes and the Amazon basin.
Built in the conventional Inca style, the 200 odd structures include places of worship, houses, baths, cascades and agricultural terraces.
The polished architecture of this magnificent ancient city blends right in with the picturesque natural surroundings. Despite heavy tourist inflow, this antique site maintains is splendor. Number one on our list, Machu Picchu is a must for all visitors to Peru.