Ancient Ruins

Kuélap Perched atop a limestone mountain, this monumental stone-fortified city is the best-preserved site of Chachapoyas.

Cahuachi When in Nazca, it’s worth checking out these expansive 2000-year-old pyramids and other ancient buildings.

Chavín de Huántar Explore the maze of tunnels around the Castillo in these beguiling ruins.

Wari The capital of the empire that ruled the roost in the highlands before the Inca invaded.

Huanuco Viejo Ascend to the high plains above La Unión for an exploration of this extensive Inca settlement.

Caral From its stone pyramids to millennia-old bone flutes, routing through this ancient sight is chilling.

Marcahuamachuco Billed as the Machu Picchu of the north, this unexploited beauty is well worth exploring.

Tambo Colorado An understated gem on the south coast, it’s worth going with a guide for a fuller appreciation.