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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), home to some of Peru’s most interesting pre-Columbian ruins and attractive colonial towns and villages. While many travelers pass through here en route to Machu Picchu, the valley has become a destination in its own right.More
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Miraflores

Miraflores

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The swanky beachfront suburb of Miraflores is one of Lima’s most sought-after zip codes. Here you’ll find the city’s best restaurants, shops, and hotels, plus waterfront mansions and high-rise towers. Lovely parks and beaches decorate the area, as well as the ancient ruins of Huaca Pucllana—a pre-Inca temple.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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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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Barranco

Barranco

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Barranco is an atmospheric, seaside neighborhood in Lima known for its street art and hip, bohemian culture. The area was once a summer playground for fashionable Limeños and is full of old colonial buildings. Small cafes and artist-run boutiques buzz during the day, while bars and dance define the area at night.More

Top activities in Peru

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Recent reviews from experiences in Peru

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One of the best tours in Peru!
Lin_n, Jan 2022
Horseback Riding Tour to the Devil's Balcony from Cusco
Amazing to see Peru from a different perspective!
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Best Way to Tour Nazca and Huacachina
Christopher_S, Jan 2022
Mysterious Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis - Exclusive and Private Excursion
It's also the best way to see the nazca lines, and the sand dunes around Huacachina.
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Unforgettable day!
Scott_G, Jan 2022
Mysterious Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis - Exclusive and Private Excursion
After the Oasis we drove along the shore to the airport and boarded a plane with about 6 other people for the flight to see the Nazca lines.
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AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!
Zachary_S, Jan 2022
2-Day Private Tour: Ballestas, Paracas, Vineyard, Huacachina & Sunset from Lima
And the guide on the boat (different from Armadias) would speak 3 minutes and Spanish, then say 10 words in English on the same subject.
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best cooking class we ever had, must-do in Arequipa
Can_G, Dec 2021
Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información
When we arrived at the House, Diana asked if we prefer English or Spanish.
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Truly a wonder to see in this lifetime
Crystal_C, Dec 2021
Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
Truly a wonder to see in this lifetime.
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Awesome day trip. Intense day but well worth it!
Jessica_R, Nov 2021
From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis
I wanted to see the Nazca Lines and was intrigued by the Islas Ballestas and the Huacachina Oasis, but oh my word everything just blew me away.
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Fun time at the Magic Water Circuit
Melinda_S, Sep 2021
Night Show Magic Water Circuit Fuente de Lima
They had each person stand on "X"s on the ground, so everyone was 6 feet apart, and it was easy to see and take pictures, which was nice.
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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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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!
John_K, 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!
AnneC_A, May 2019
Pisac Inca Town, Artisan Market and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco
It was interesting to visit the more rural areas in Peru.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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