Top things to do

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 French in Aguas Calientes

Indio Feliz

Hospitality is the strong suit of French cook Patrik at this multi-award-winning restaurant, but the food does not disappoint. Start with sopa criolla (a potent and flavorful broth, served with hot bread, homemade b…
Top Choice Peruvian in Chachapoyas

El Batan de Tayta

This hip bar-restaurant serves creative versions of traditional dishes and great fusion cuisine, plated with style on pieces of granite and inverted terracotta roof tiles. Try the arroz shutito con bife y chica de j…
Top Choice Bar in Cuzco

Museo del Pisco

When you've had your fill of colonial religious art, investigate this pisco museum, where the wonders of the national drink are extolled, exalted and – of course – sampled. Opened by an enthusiastic expat, this muse…
Top Choice Peruvian in Trujillo

El Celler de Cler

This atmospheric spot is the only place in Trujillo to enjoy dinner (coupled with an amazing cocktail) on a second-floor balcony; the wrap-around number dates to the early 1800s. The food is upscale, featuring pasta…
Top Choice Peruvian in Máncora

La Sirena d’Juan

Local boy done good, Juan has turned his intimate little main drag seafooder into northern Peru’s best restaurant. Yellowfin tuna fresh from Máncora’s waters is the showstopper here, whether it’s prepared as a tirad…