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Welcome to Peru

From the lush Amazon rain forest to the high-altitude Andes Mountains, Peru packs a topography as diverse as its offerings, weaving colonial architecture, Inca ruins, multi-day hikes, Amazonian wildlife, and culinary diversity into a South American adventure. The iconic Machu Picchu, which must be booked via tour, tops most Peru travel itineraries, as do the surrounding archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the colonial town of Cusco. A tour guide can unlock the mysteries of the Inca Empire as you trek the trail to the lost city of Choquequirao, summit the Andes on the Inca Trail, bike from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, and take in the views of Lake Titicaca in Puno. To make sense of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, take to the skies via helicopter or scenic flight. Meanwhile, in the south of Peru, don't miss the view from a volcano in Arequipa. A sightseeing tour of the Peruvian capital of Lima will take you to its colonial center for catacombs, pre-Colombian artwork, lively nightlife, and relics of Inca history, while nearby Miraflores is a popular novice surf spot. In Cusco, opt for a food tour to sample lomo saltado (stir-fried beef), Peruvian corn on the cob, and even cuy (guinea pig); or delve into traditional drinks such as pisco sour cocktails and coca tea. Explorer-types should head to the rainforest—near Iquitos there's a vast mass of wetlands full of wildlife and plant diversity, while the Tarpaca River Walk is ideal if you're after a stroll.

Top 10 attractions in Peru

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Chan Chan

Chan Chan

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The ancient city of Chan Chan, in Peru’s Moche Valley, was once the largest city in the Americas. For nearly 600 years, this metropolis of adobe buildings was the seat of the Chimú Kingdom (1000–1471 AD) and home to around 60,000 people. Today, the ruins constitute one of the world’s most important archaeological sites.More
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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

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The lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in Peru and, arguably, all of South America. The UNESCO World Heritage–listed collection of temples, terraced hills, and plazas was once the mountaintop citadel of the ancient Inca empire. It may now be world famous, but Machu Picchu still hasn't revealed the mysteries behind its construction, function, and eventual demise.More
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Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca)

Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca)

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Plunging 13,650 feet (4,160 meters) down, Peru’s Colca Canyon is officially one of the world’s deepest canyons—with a breadth of activities to match. Visitors opt to visit this off-the-beaten-track attraction for its opportunities for adventure in a stunning natural environment, its large population of Andean condors, and its pre-Inca historical sites.More
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Amazon River

Amazon River

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The mighty Amazon River and its enormous, thickly forested basin are the heart of South America and the guardian of 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. Visitors from around the globe come to Iquitos to cruise the river’s storied waters and catch a glimpse of diverse fauna both above and below the surface.More
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Peruvian Amazon

Peruvian Amazon

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The sprawling Peruvian Amazon covers nearly 60 percent of the entire country, stretching from the Andes Mountains to the borders of Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia. The expanse is generally divided into two ecological regions—the lowland jungle and the highland jungle—with two main gateways, Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado.More
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Nazca Lines

Nazca Lines

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The enigmatic Nazca Lines (or Nasca Lines) are second only to Machu Picchu as the most famous archaeological site in Peru. The mysterious geoglyphs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site range from geometric shapes and swirls to a hummingbird and monkey. Theories on their purpose include astronomical markers, irrigation canals, and alien messages—an enigma that has spurred intrigue since their 1927 discovery. The spectacular etchings likely date from 500 BC and 500 AD.More
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Pastoruri Glacier

Pastoruri Glacier

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There was once a time when Pastoturi Glacier was a massive river of ice, but today this glacier in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca is shrinking so quickly that the glacier’s retreat has become a site in itself. Located in Huascaran National Park, Pastoturi Glacier—despite its demise—continues to offer an exceptionally scenic way to visit the Andes, and has become a spot to view the effects of climate change in action. Shining blue and white against the craggy peaks, the glacier consumes about three square miles of pristine Peruvian countryside, and is one of the world’s most accessible glaciers you can reach by just driving a car.To get an up close view, however, you’ll need to get out and walk, which can take about 30-45 minutes along a weaving walkway. Up here in the mountains it can seem the clouds are right at the tips of your fingers, and the gaping blue sky stretches out like a canvas that rests on the snowcapped peaks. In addition to visiting the glacier itself, tours from Huaraz also stop at sights like shimmering Lake Patococha, and scenic vistas that instantly help you feel the magic of these mountains.More
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Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

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Lake Titicaca, glistening atop the Andes Mountains, is a tourist attraction, spiritual oasis, and cultural hub all in one. It is also South America’s highest (at 12,507 feet/3,812 meters) and largest (at an astounding 3,230 square miles/8,366 square kilometers) lake, as well as the highest navigable lake in the world.More
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Inca Trail

Inca Trail

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South America's most famous trek is an unforgettable way to reach the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Along the way, the four-day trek takes hikers past three Andean mountain passes, Inca ruins, and views of the snow-capped Andes, culminating in a stellar sunrise over Machu Picchu—a UNESCO World Heritage site—from the Sun Gate.More
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Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas)

Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas)

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A cluster of tiny islands off the Peruvian coast, the Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas) are often touted as the “Peruvian Galapagos,” famed for their spectacular variety of birdlife and rugged coastline of soaring cliffs, rocky beaches, and remote sea caves.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Lima

How to Spend 3 Days in Lima

Top activities in Peru

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Amazing Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding from Lima (Small Group)

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Rainbow Mountain in Quad Bike

Rainbow Mountain in Quad Bike

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Machu Picchu by Train in 1 Day

Machu Picchu by Train in 1 Day

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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Recent reviews from experiences in Peru

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My dream trip to view the Nazca Lines
Diana_L, Jul 2021
Private Tour To Nazca Lines From Lima
I appreciate the efforts this tour company took to make my trip to see the Nazca Lines possible, as airport and flights were still restricted in Peru.
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Unreal. Magical. Unforgettable.
Geraldine_Y, Jul 2021
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
I couldn't have explored the places I wanted to see in Cusco without them!
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Awesomeness!
NimfaWon2019, Aug 2019
Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
Lisa was great fluent both in English and Spanish.
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the real Peru!
bcYoYo, Jun 2019
Pachacamac & Peruvian Paso Horse Show
It was fun to see the real Peru, the ocean sights, the squatters, the Peruvian Pasos!
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Beautiful Countryside!
Anne C, May 2019
Pisac Inca Market, Platerie and Ollantaytambo Living Inca town
It was interesting to visit the more rural areas in Peru.
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Fantastic adventure
Inspire13870895003, Jan 2019
Best of Peru 6-Day Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca Tour
A must do for all to see and to learn about there culture from the past to the way the Peruvian life outside of the big cities
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Great experience!
Departure58375061010, Dec 2018
All Inclusive Private Excursion to Caral from Lima
His English was good and did a good job translating throughout the day.
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Touring the Sacred Valley was one of...
Thomas H, Jan 2018
Sacred Valley Private Tour: Chinchero, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq
Our guide Viktor, was knowledgeable, accommodating and provided us with enough time to visit all of the sites.
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Great tour! Got to see sooooo much...
ferrufino_brenda, May 2017
2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Got to see sooooo much in the two days and all the tour guides were very friendly and knowlagable.
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I had a great trip. Fredi the...
Ravi D, Aug 2017
Best of Peru 6-Day Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca Tour
Peru is a great place to visit and Machu Picchu is the crown Jewel.
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We had a great time and it was...
Sylvia J, Sep 2017
Food & Art: Lima Colors and Flavors Walking Tour
Nathaly was very knowledgably about Peru and was great to visit Lima with!
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It was a great experience. We were...
Jennifer N, Sep 2017
Lima Shanty Town Tour Local Life Experience
His English was superb and he was very detailed in his knowledge.
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This was THE highlight of our Lima...
Mary W, Dec 2017
The Bohemian Charm of Barranco Bike Tour
It was a fantastic way to see many of highlights in Miraflores and Barranco.
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With only 1 full day dedicated to...
Kayla C, Nov 2017
Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing
We were able to see all that Lima has to offer outside of Miraflores.
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Long day but a good day. Peru Hop is a...
Sandra C., Jun 2018
Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
It was amazing to see so many birds in Ballestas Islands.
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Really enjoyed the Tour , It felt...
Kathleen S, Apr 2017
Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour
Really enjoyed the Tour , It felt like your friend from Lima was taking you around to see the sites.
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Well balanced trip to see Peru...
rose, Mar 2017
7-Day Peru Deep Dive: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu Tour
Well balanced trip to see Peru!
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The guide was very nice and...
Patrick M, Dec 2015
Private Tour: Lima City Sightseeing and Magic Water Circuit
The fountain park is also amazing to see at night.
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Great tour! You are able to see two...
Bandit, Jul 2014
Uros floating islands & Taquile island Titicaca Full Day
You are able to see two completely different cultures - those of the Uros and the local who live on Taquile.
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Fabulous city tour of of Lima Peru...
gscasson, May 2014
Half-Day Lima City Sightseeing
The guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
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