Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Kuélap

Kuélap

The 700m-long oval fortress of Kuélap, made up of millions of cubic feet of remarkably preserved stone, was constructed between AD 900 and 1100, and rediscovered in 1843. Shaped like an ocean liner atop a 3000m-high…
Top Choice Lake in Parque Nacional Huascarán

Laguna Parón

Silent awe enters people's expressions when they talk of Laguna Parón. Nestled at 4185m above sea level, along a bumpy road 25km east of Caraz, and surrounded by spectacular snow-covered peaks, many claim this to be…
Top Choice Market in Iquitos

Belén Mercado

At the southeast end of town is the floating shantytown of Belén, consisting of scores of huts, built on rafts, which rise and fall with the river. During the low-water months, these rafts sit on the river mud, but …
Top Choice Monastery in Arequipa

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

This convent shouldn’t be missed, even if you’re overdosed on colonial edifices. Occupying a whole block and guarded by imposing high walls, it is one of the most fascinating religious buildings in Peru. Nor is it j…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Barranca

Caral

Caral culture arose in the Supe Valley some 4500 to 5000 years ago, making it one of the world’s earliest large cities, alongside those in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. This ancient culture was a conglomerati…
Top Choice Ruins in Around Trujillo

Huacas del Sol y de la Luna

The Temples of the Sun and the Moon, attributed to the Moche period, are more than 700 years older than Chan Chan, yet parts of the complex are remarkably well preserved. Located on the south bank of the Río Moche, …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar

The quintessential site of Peru's Mid–Late Formative Period (c 1200–500 BC), Chavín de Huántar is the most intriguing of the many relatively independent, competitive ceremonial centers constructed throughout the cen…
Top Choice Museum in Lambayeque

Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán

Opened in November 2002, the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán is the pride of northern Peru – as well it should be. With its burgundy pyramid construction rising gently out of the earth, it’s a world-class facilit…
Top Choice Waterfall in Northern Highlands

Catarata de Gocta

This 771m waterfall somehow escaped the notice of the Peruvian government, international explorers and prying satellite images until 2005, when German Stefan Ziemendorff and a group of locals put together an expedit…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Cañón Del Colca

Cruz del Cóndor

This famed viewpoint is for many the highlight of their trip to the Cañón del Colca. A large family of Andean condors nests by the rocky outcrop and, with lots of luck, they can occasionally be seen gliding effortle…