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Peru Destinations

Desert and of jungle, coast and mountains, there are several destinations in Perú that offer endless activities, ancient and modern treasures, and the spectacular beauty of our forests, mountains and coasts.


Traveling to Peru is to wake up pending dreams, is to connect with oneself, is to enter 5 thousand years of living history. Get ready to master waves on totora horses, surfboards and enjoy sunsets in oases with protective dunes. In the mountains, with the sound of quenas in the wind, you will breathe the pure air of the Andes and contemplate with devotion the harmony of man with nature in Machu Picchu. In the jungle, the Amazon River will welcome you with pink dolphins and invite you to dance, to be free. To cross the destinations in Perú is to enjoy a mestizo gastronomy, unique and recognized in the world. If your heart says yes, dare to visit the Top Peru Tourist Destinations.


Top 10 Peru Tourist Destinations

Visit the impressive ruins of the Incas, citadels, emblematic rivers, beaches, historical valleys and natural places of Peru. Do not miss the Top 10 Peru Tourist Destinations that we mention below.


1.- Sacred Valley of the Incas

Magical area of gorges, archaeological sites and picturesque colonial towns, which follow one after another, inhabited by indigenous communities, who have kept their folklore and traditions alive.


Its main enclaves correspond to the archaeological complex and town of Pisac, the town of Chinchero with its famous weavers and the archaeological zone of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca city that remains practically intact, and whose buildings are now inhabited by their descendants. The place was one of the main places of corn grain production for the Incas, due to its geographical location and climatic condition. To explore this magnificent city we recommend you the Sacred Valley Tour with Ollantaytambo & the Pisac Market or Moray  and Salt Mines Tour.


Sacred Valley-Best destinations in Perú


2.- Machu Picchu

Impressive Inca city raised above 2,360 meters above sea level, breathtaking landscape of walls, terraces and ramps that seemed sculpted in the rock itself, immersed between majestic mountain peaks, cliffs and the greenery of the Amazonian forest.


Located in the province of Urubamba, Machupicchu district, 80 kilometers northwest of the city of Cuzco. The site is designed in two sectors: urban and agricultural, about 200 buildings are erected.


Declared World Heritage by UNESCO today and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, it allows you to recreate through its temples, palaces and stairways, what was once the most splendid construction built by the Inca Empire, comprising an extensive area of 530 meters long by 200 wide, which includes at least 172 enclosures.


Machu Picchu is the first tourist destination in South America and Perú. It presents a mystical and romantic atmosphere for a honeymoon trip to Machu Picchu.


Machu Picchu- Best destinations in Perú


3.- Lake Titicaca

Located at the northern end of the endorrine basin of the Altiplano, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, in the department of Puno. Located at 3,812 meters above sea level, it corresponds to the highest navigable lake in the world, an immense body of water hidden between the mountainous landscapes of the Andes Mountains, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, near the city of Puno.


The lake is composed of 2 sub-basins, fed by 5 river systems: Ramis, Coata, Llave, Huancané and Suchez.


Its main attraction is its islands, home to various indigenous communities that keep their ancestral traditions alive. The most famous among them, correspond to Taquile, home of the Quechuas, famous for their clothing and textile art, Amantaní with archaeological remains left by the Tiahuanaco culture and the floating islands of the Uros, corresponding to a group of artificial islands made in totora by the Uru ethnic group, who live there surviving fishing, hunting and weaving.


Lake Titicaca-Best destinations in Perú


4.- Mancora

Undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Peru to enjoy the rest, between kilometers of white sand beaches and warm waters surrounded by lush vegetation, exceptional waves for surfing and a privileged climate, with summer temperatures practically all year round.


The beach is located 3 kilometers from Máncora (Piura), the geographical name is "Máncora Chico". It is one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches in Peru.


The rather small town also has its interest, an extensive main avenue, crammed with craft shops and stores where to rent surfboards; and at least a dozen bars that light the nights with reggae rhythms.


Máncora-Best destinations in Perú


5.- Nazca Lines

Located 80 kilometers from the cities of Nazca and Palpa, 400 kilometers from the South of Lima. The lines are a series of geoglyphs in the desert. The largest figures measure 370 meters.


Enigmatic archaeological site located in the Pampas de Jumana, where huge geoglyphs that occupy kilometer surfaces, extend between the hills and the surface of the desert, adopting animal, plant and geometric shapes.


Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, they probably correspond to one of the tourist places in Peru and possibly in America, which have generated more curiosity and mysticism regarding their authorship and purpose. Although it is known today that they were traced by the Nazca culture 200 years BC, their raison d'être is still under study, theories that they would have been carried out as a giant astronomical calendar, which would indicate the various movements of the sun, the moon and the constellations.


Nazca Lines-Best destinations in Perú


6.- Amazon River and Iquitos

Gateway to the extraordinary beauty of the Amazon rainforest, the most extensive tropical forest on the planet, declared 2011 as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From the city, most of the exploration routes that allow you to enter its virgin forests begin, either by navigating the mighty Amazon River or through walks through its impressive reserves.


One of the largest rivers in the world has a width of 4 kilometers between its banks. There they flow more than 1100 rivers. It is one of the most beautiful tourist places in the Peruvian jungle.


Among these, the huge Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, known as the “Forest of Mirrors”, stands out, with a size that could be compared to 50% of the area occupied by Switzerland or Denmark, housing huge swamps and lagoons, where it is possible to observe alligators, pink dolphins and anacondas boas, among other 1,025 animal species.


Iquitos-Best destinations in Perú


7.- Tambopata National Reserve

It is a natural reserve of the Peruvian Amazon that stands out with its ecosystem represented in the native flora and fauna with more than 1700 species of plants, 103 species of mammals, 1300 species of butterflies and 90 species of amphibians.

The Tambopata National Reserve is located between the Tambopata and Madre de Dios river basins, has an area of 274,690 hectares. The richness of its biodiversity is incalculable, scientists have already recorded 632 species of birds, 1,200 species of butterflies, 169 species of mammals, 205 species of fish, 103 species of amphibians and 67 species of reptiles. The vegetation is typical of the tropical regions, the best macaw layers in the world, wonderful jungle landscapes. 


Tambopata-Best destinations in Perú


8.- Colca Valley

Located 160 kilometers northwest of the city of Arequipa. A colorful valley with pre-Inca roots, currently inhabited by inhabitants of the Collagua and Cabana cultures. The tradition of pre-Inca crops is still maintained.


The main activity in this area is to see the flight of the condors, the largest non-marine bird in the world and the one that reaches the highest height. In the Andean worldview, this species is of great importance and stars hundreds of legends, myths and superstitions, so seeing your flight is a wonderful mystical experience.


During the walk you can also visit indigenous communities, hot springs and practice extreme sports such as canoeing and paragliding.


Colca Valley-Best destinations in Perú


9.- Kuelap Fortress

On top of the northeastern Amazonian Andes of Peru, the imposing Kuélap Archaeological Complex, belonging to the pre-Inca Chachapoyas culture, is built. From the top, the green landscape shows that nature privileged this place, dressed in impressive flora and fauna, offering an adventure trip very close to heaven.


This mountainous jungle located in the Amazon, served as a defense against some ethnic rebels due to its location and structure. Its mountains, surrounded by dense vegetation, show from afar a great stone wall 20 meters high that protects the city. This fortress has only three entrances, all in the form of narrow and walled alleys.


It is believed that the word Kuélap comes from the deformation of the word "Cónlap", name of a village that lived in the region. The fortress houses 505 homes, many of them circular, while on the outside you will see 420 circular stone houses with friezes in the shape of rhombuses and zigzag. 


Kuelap-Best destinations in Perú


10.- Huascarán National Park in Ancash

The park was created in 1975, so that the State takes charge of conserving its flora and fauna, geological formations, archeological sites and landscape beauties. It was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Within its 340,000 hectares, which comprise almost the entire Cordillera Blanca, you can see a wide variety of high Andean plant species and 300 lagoons. Among the animals of the place include the spectacled bear, the Taruca and the Andean condor (the three endangered species), the puma, the deer, the Andean cat and a diversity of birds.


The Huascarán National Park also offers rock walls, to practice climbing: Wall the Sphinx and Llaca. Countless mountain bike routes. The most important peaks for ascents are: Vallunaraju, Pisco, Ishinca, Huascarán, Chopicalqui and Alpamayo. Keep in mind that to perform adventure tourism it is necessary to hire an authorized agency or an accredited guide.


Huascarán-Best destinations in Perú


Lima Peru Attractions

Capital of Peru, recognized in 2013 with the Travelers' Choice award as the best emerging destination, a city that captivates with its mixture of modernity and history, where Lima Perú Attractions intersect with the old colonial architectures of the Historic Center declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Near this city there are many incredible Lima Perú Attractions that you can visit.


  1. Ica

This is the perfect destination to make that full day that you want so much. The ticket costs approximately 42 soles and it will only take you 4 and a half hours to arrive.

In Ica you can take the time to tour the city, the square or take a tour to learn about the best wines and pisco (and taste them). In addition, you will have time to enjoy a ride in the tubular vehicles through the desert, which ends in the renowned Huacachina lagoon.


Ica-Lima Peru Attractions


  1. Village of Obrajillo

An economical and very close option. It is located northeast of Canta, just 2 hours from Lima. This town is characterized by offering, in the surroundings, trekking routes for walking surrounded by nature.


There is a river where you can fish to get fresh trouts; This fish is the emblem of local cuisine. On the other hand, during the walks you will witness impressive waterfalls, some natural and some artificial.


Obrajillo-Lima Peru Attractions


  1. Churín and the thermal baths

If you want a relaxing day, this is the perfect place. It is known for thermal baths such as La Juventud, Fierro, Pozo de la Amistad, Baños de la Meseta, among others. The smell of minerals and hot waters will give you healthy benefits, such as improving your blood circulation or relaxing your muscles. The town of Churín is located less than 5 hours from Lima.


Churín-Lima Peru Attractions


Peru Vacations Packages

If you like to visit this magnificent country, our Peru Vacations Packages will show you the best of the country. Peru has different activities and experiences: Tierras Vivas is a vacation specialist in Peru.



From the capital of Lima, you can go to the nearby Ballestas Islands or the Nazca Lines overflight! Afterwards, you can continue to the city of Arequipa, where you can observe condors flying during a Tour to the Peruvian Highlands. Then, I will go to Puno, to visit the picturesque floating Islands of the Uros. After that, you can continue to the ancient capital of the Inca Empire - Cusco to visit the wonder of the world: Machu Picchu!


During our Peru Vacations Packages, we include amazing tours to the Amazon rainforest, where you can see wild animals, 500-year-old trees and other amazing plants. You can choose between an Amazon Trek to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail and Amazon Tour.


Hiking is a great way to see the country. The best known route is the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Also, there are different adventure tours to get to Machu Picchu, such as the Inca Trail 2 Day, the 2 Day Inca Trail with Camping, and the 1 Day Inca Trail Hike, all with the same destination, reach Machu Picchu through the ancient paths of the Incas.


The spots for the Inca Trail sold out faster. We recommend you book the Inca Trail Tours 2020 in advance.


Other popular routes include Cordillera Blanca - Huaraz, Colca Canyon - Arequipa, Ausangate Peru Trek, Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Vilcabamba Trek and Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu - an adrenaline trip to Machu Picchu.


Peru also offers a wide variety of adrenaline sports such as rafting, kayaking, cycling, zip line, horse riding, surfing, ATV, motocross, paragliding, canopy, canoing, sandboarding, etc.


If you want to explore more than the southern part of Peru, you can fly to the city of Chiclayo, where you can learn about the Moche civilization. The next day, you will visit Chachapoyas to visit the overwhelming fortress of Kuelap and learn about this ancient culture, developed in the cloud forest of the high Andes. In this case, you can see the most impressive monuments in the country in just one tour!


Peru Luxury Vacations

Peru has become a country that offers a wide variety of natural, archaeological, cultural and gastronomic attractions, which has contributed to position it as a luxury destination. The are different typr of Peru Luxury Vacations:

  • Experiential lodging: One of the most outstanding trends is that this type of tourists seeks to participate and interact with nature and the local community to achieve an immersive experience, so there will be some who choose to stay in native communities and live day to day with the residents. Other Peru Luxury Vacations include to stay in a hotel in the middle of Lake Titicaca or a hanging lodge in the Sacred Valley to enjoy the nature of the place.
  • Flight over natural attractions: These types of tourists are also looking for experiences that are associated with their lifestyle, that are unique and, there is nothing better than, for example, enjoying the snow, lagoons or archeological sites found in our country from a last generation helicopter, because they will have an incredible panoramic vision of the place, while they receive information from the culture and will be able to capture landscape photographs that portray their trip.
  • Private visits: These types of Peru Luxury Vacations on demand have always been part of the luxury, since tourists like to feel privileged, but at the same time linked to the destination, therefore, visiting site museums, communities, producing centers, events of cultural agenda and Exclusive local artists will be highly valued by these travelers.
  • Products that combine luxury and responsible footprint: These visitors are increasingly aware of the impact of their actions and the negative consequences of their consumption, so they will seek to buy souvenirs, edible products and clothing that offer added value, whether from buying from companies that support native communities. , to consume products that contribute to the environment and health.

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