Attractions

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 Area in Iquitos

Belén

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 and a…
Top Choice Museum in Lima

Museo Larco

In an 18th-century viceroy’s mansion, this museum offers one of the largest, best-presented displays of ceramics in Lima. Founded by pre-Columbian collector Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926, the collection includes over 5…
Top Choice Church in Lima

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

One of Lima’s most storied religious sites, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and its expansive convent are built on land granted to the Dominican Friar Vicente de Valverde, who accompanied Pizarro throughout the conques…
Top Choice Museum in Chincha

Casa-Hacienda San José

Providing reason alone to make the trip down from Lima, this former slave plantation with its stately hacienda offers a rare opportunity for Afro-Peruvian historical immersion – some of it gilded, some of it gruesom…
Top Choice Museum in Leimebamba

Museo Leimebamba

The mummies found at Laguna de los Cóndores are housed in the Museo Leimebamba, 3km south of town. The museum is owned by the local community and is housed in a wonderfully constructed complex with multitiered roofs…
Top Choice Museum in Ayacucho

Museo de Arte Popular

The popular art here covers the ayacucheño (natives of Ayacucho) spectrum – silverwork, rug- and tapestry-weaving, stone and woodcarvings, ceramics (model churches are especially popular) and the famous retablos (or…
Top Choice Fountain in Lima

El Circuito Mágico del Agua

This indulgent series of illuminated fountains is so over the top it can’t help but induce stupefaction among even the most hardened traveling cynic. A dozen different fountains – all splendiferously illuminated – a…
Top Choice Museum in Iquitos

Historical Ships Museum

Moored below Plaza Castilla is the diverting new Historical Ships Museum, on a 1906 Amazon riverboat, the gorgeously restored three-deck Ayapua. The exhibitions reflect the Amazon River's hodgepodge past: explorers,…
Top Choice Museum in Ayacucho

Museo de la Memoria

In an unlikely location 1.5km northwest of the center is Ayacucho’s most haunting museum, remembering the impact the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) had on Peru in the city that was most deeply affected by the confl…