The Peru Travel Guide

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Arequipa, Peru (Colonial, Peru’s second largest city. Dazzling baroque-mestizo architecture)

  • Juanita Mummy
  • Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa
Arequipa, Peru LoggaWiggler / Pixabay


Cusco, Peru (2007 American Capital of Culture; UNESCO)

  • Santo Domingo church, Cusco
  • Qoriacancha Palace, Cucso
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Ancient ruins in city of Cusco, Peru karlomanson / Pixabay


Sacsayhuaman Ruins Inca ruins, Peru (Fortress complex with incredible rock work with huge blocks, former Inca capital)

Sacsayhuaman Ancient Inca ruins, Peru wilddueck / Pixabay
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Sacred Valley, Peru (Collection of small towns/Inca ruins)

  • Moray Inca ruins, Sacred Valley
  • Ollantaytambo Inca ruins, Sacred Valley
Moray Inca ruins, Peru JustinW / Pixabay
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Pisac Ruins, Pisac, Peru (extremely nice ruins above town on hillside, not busy.

  • The Citiadel, Piscac Ruins
  • The Temple of the Sun, Piscac Ruins
Pisac Inca ruins, Peru pvdberg / Pixabay


Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

  • Temple of the Sun, Machu Picchu
  • Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru (cone shaped pinnacle overlooking Machu Picchu, only 300 allowed  per day. Incredible trail, steep, but ancient)
  • Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu (4 days, limited numbers/day. April-Oct main hiking season. Book early. About $800/pp incl. food, cooks, porters, guides, accommodations, everything. Campsites are crowded and dirty however and the trail is very busy).
  • Salkantay to Machu Picchu, Peru (the alternate Inca Trail. No wait times, much cheaper. 5 days. Passes right next to 20,000’ peak of Salkantay, a sacred mountain to the Incas, before arriving in Machu Picchu.
  • Railway Machu Picchu Trek (beginning at kilometer 104 on the railway, pass Wifay Wifay ruins and the Sun Gate along the way. Backdoor into Machu Picchu. Takes a full day to get to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu, Peru karlomanson / Pixabay
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Rail Journey to Machu Picchu, Peru LoggaWiggler / Pixabay


Choquequirao Ruins, Peru (less known Machu Picchu, extremely similar)

  • Choquequirao Trek, Choquequirao Ruins, Peru (A quitter version of the Machuu Pichu Treks to its sister city. 28 miles RT, 4 days. From Cachora, Peru)


Puerto Maldonado, Peru (Amazon town)


Huacachina, Peru (small oasis surrounded by enormous sand dunes)

Huacachina Oasis, Peru Clotina / Pixabay
Huacachina Oasis, Peru williamrod_20 / Pixabay


Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru pvdberg / Pixabay


Mancora, Peru (popular beach resort w/ backpackers and surfers)

Mancora, Peru edsavi30 / Pixabay


Truijillo, Peru

  • Huanchaco Beach, Truijillo


Moche Pyramids

  • Temple of the Sun (Highly eroded step pyramid)
  • Moon pyramid


Chan Chan pre-Incan ruins, Chimour, Peru


Chiclayo, Peru

  • Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
  • Huaca Rejada ruins


Huaraz, Peru (Sits at over 12,000’)

Huaraz, Peru Thorge / Pixabay


Nazca, Peru

  • Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru ($80pp flight to view the Nazca Lines, UNESCO)
Nazca Lines, Peru monikawl999 / Pixabay


Del Colca Canyon Trek, Peru (3-day trek to bottom and out, hotels/tent camps at bottom, Andean Condors; world’s second deepest canyon)

Andean Condors, Peru LoggaWiggler / Pixabay


Lake Titicaca, Peru

  • Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • Floating Reed Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru (homestay)
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Floating Reed Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru licenerenck / Pixabay
Floating Reed Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru LoggaWiggler / Pixabay


Iquitos, Peru


Cordillera Blanca, Peru (Highest range in the world outside of the Himalayas, with 16 peaks over 19,685’ (6000m)

  • Huayhuash Trek, Cordillera Blanca, Peru (120 miles, 12 days. Some of the most beautiful and untouched regions on the continent; along a mountain range with 60 peaks over 16,400 feet)
  • Santa Cruz Trek, Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Cordillera Blanca, Peru Daniel_Nebreda / Pixabay
Huayhuash Trek, Peru Thorge / Pixabay


Manu National Park, Peru (Andean Mountains, Cloud forest, jungle slopes – this NP traverse three entire climate zones. Tribespeople and nearly every known South American jungle creature live in this vast wilderness forest)


Chavin de Huantar ruins, Peru (UNESCO; 1200-800 BC; striking temple like structures and a labyrinthine complex of underground corridors, air ducts, chambers that invite exploration.


Pan-American Highway, Peru: Lima to Tacna; 767 miles


Gocta Falls, Peru (drop 2,530 feet; 5 hour trek to falls – only recently “discovered”)

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