One of the most curious and mysterious countries is in South America, very close to Brazil. Nicknamed “The Land of the Incas”, Peru was conquered and colonized by Spain in the 16th century. Today the country is one of the most sought after destinations by adventurers and curious people from all over the world. Getting to know the land of the Incas is an immersion in the culture and rich history of the country, its archaeological remains and its colonial architecture is one of the attractions that Peru has in store.
If you are planning to visit, or return to the country, we have separated some must-see attractions for your next trip.
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One of the most mysterious attractions that can be seen in the country is the mysterious Nazca lines. There are more than 500 images that represent different animals, people and geometric designs that can only be seen on an airplane, due to their proportion. The most acceptable explanation among scholars is that the drawings were made for religious reasons, but many suspect that they may also be linked to astrology. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, the lines were rediscovered in 1930 after the use of planes as a means of transport.
Huacachina is a small village situated right in the middle of the desert in southeastern Peru. Built around a lagoon, the city is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, the city offers several options for activities such as standboarding and buggy rides on the dunes of the region.
The highlight of a trip to Peru is undoubtedly the incredible city of Machu Picchu, built at 2,400 meters high. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Surrounded by mysteries, the Inca city intrigues scientists to this day, and asks us how a pre-Columbian city could build an entire city with stones between 10 and 15 kg and others reaching up to 20 tons.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most sought after attractions in the country, second only to Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco. The valley encompasses several towns and archaeological sites on the banks of the Urubamba River. The region contains numerous archaeological remains and villages, including the Inca cities of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
The Islas Ballestas are accessible from the beach in the town of Paracas (near Pisco) by boat, typically lasting around 2 hours. Often described as the Galapagos Islands of Peru, the islands are home to many rare bird species, including pelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies and Inca terns.
Trekking in Huaraz
Huaraz is located in north-central Peru, about 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway to the Cordillera Blanca, the highest range of the Peruvian Andes and famous for its magnificent snow-capped peaks and glaciers. The Cordillera Blanca includes Huascarán, the highest mountain in Peru at 6768 meters (22,205 ft) and the third tallest in the Western Hemisphere. It is without a doubt the best place in South America for trekking.
Used as a popular base for exploring the ruins of the famous city of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Located in southeastern Peru, Cusco is one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru.
The capital of Peru draws attention for its colonial and modern architectural ensemble. The city was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and offers a rich history, vibrant culture and lively nightlife.
Iquitos is a unique city, really! The place that is inaccessible by roads, leaving the typical planes and boats of the region as a way of entry to this paradise. leaving planes and boats as the main forms of entry. However, that doesn't stop it from being one of the most popular places to visit in Peru. Due to its location on the banks of the Amazon River in northeastern Peru, Iquitos is the gateway to exploring the Amazon.
Mancora is considered a paradise for surfers. The resort is located in the state of Piúra, 1,172 km from Lima. In addition to the beaches, the city is also famous for its bars, restaurants and its lively and trendy nightlife.
The port city of Puno is located on Lake Titicaca in the Peruvian altiplano. Despite its location far from the main airports, the region is the starting point for the famous islands of Lake Titicaca.
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