The history of Peru continued to be enriched after the Spanish conquest, and we have inherited the beauty of its architecture, painting, music, handicrafts and other great artistic expressions, many of them with the contribution of the mestizo style.
They are more than 460 years, from the arrival of the Spaniards, and nowadays Peru has cities and corners of singular beauty, which inherit the traditions of the western and Indian cultures united in one. It is common to travel through the streets in which millenary traditions and the soul are preserved.
Peru is one of the most diverse and interesting destinations in the world. It is a country full of real historical monuments, ruins and cities lost in time, where once, lived one of the most amazing and majestic cultures in the history of mankind. Today, the ruins and monuments of those glorious cities are some of the biggest tourist attractions in Peru.
Throughout the national territory are preserved Historical Centers of great importance for being a sign of the influence of the Spanish conquest in our country. Thus, the physical form of the cities was changing little by little. New urban centers were created whose characteristic were the typical "checkers", that is, the distribution of square or rectangular blocks arranged around a main square from which the cities were growing under that same scheme.
Like the Monumental Zones, the Monumental Urban Environments are numerous in our country. Generally, the main squares of each department have been recognized as such, as they are urban centers of great relevance not only for their streets and avenues, but also for the architecture that defines them.
The Peruvian Artistic Heritage is found, not only in its museums, but also in its countless churches and public and private buildings. A historical process so complex and full of manifestations of extraordinary cultural value, makes this heritage acquires special characteristics and that finds the qualification of art in a broad and almost universal sense; In that sense, pre-Hispanic objects are a sample of Peruvian art as well as colonial or republican painting and contemporary photography.
It consists of a wide series of ruins of an ancient Inca city located in southern Peru and has certain similarities with Machu Picchu. Choquequirao ("the cradle of gold"), is located in the northwest region of the city of Cusco and is built on the highest point of the Salkantay mountain, at 3,085 meters, which implies a 2-day excursion to reach the ruins. The first non-Inca visitor to visit this historic Inca monument was Juan Arias Díaz, who arrived there in the year 1710.
Chavín de Huantar is an archaeological site of great historical and cultural value, since it was built no less than between 850 and 300 BC. It is believed that the construction was carried out by a pre-Inca group called "Chavin" and is located 250 kilometers from Lima, the capital of Peru. On the other hand, Chavín de Huantar also has a very considerable elevation, equivalent to 3,200 meters.
This is the longest city of the pre-Columbian civilization in all South America. Chan Chan is located in the west of Trujillo and in total, the place has an area of 20 square kilometers. It was built by Chimor, Kingdom of Chimú, a civilization that arose from what until then was of the Moche. Around 30,000 people lived on this site.
Kuelap is associated with the Chachapoyas culture and consists of a huge wall that, even today, shelters more than 400 ancestral buildings behind its solid and gray rocks. Kuelap is located in the north of Peru, about 600 meters long and 110 meters wide. It is estimated that the construction could have been done to protect against hostile attacks from other communities.
Founded in 1540 by a group of Spanish conquistadors, the historic city of Arequipa offers an exotic and attractive combination of Spanish culture and native culture. Similar to many other ancient cities of Peru, the charm of Arequipa is truly unique. Among its greatest attractions are the various monuments, plazas and structures with religious themes that date back to the 16th and 19th centuries.
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The Huaca Pucllana is a beautiful archaeological site located in Miraflores, being one of the most mystical and attractive corners. This site belongs to the Limeña culture and houses the Great Pyramid, which constitutes the central nucleus of the Huaca Ceremonial Center.
The Chavín de Huántar Archaeological Site is located in Ancash. The characteristics of the constructions are truncated pyramids. These buildings have galleries, compartments and corridors inside. Inside you can find the New Temple or Castle, Old Temple, North Structure, Circular Square, Tello Pyramid, North Platform, South Platform and Square Foursquare.
The Temple of Cerro Sechin is one of the most important archaeological monuments of Peru. Sechin has a Site Museum that exhibits the most important pieces obtained from archaeological excavations.
The Ventanillas de Otuzco are funerary constructions in window forms. It is a built cemetery that is located in Cajamarca, being one of the places you must visit if you are going through the area. In addition the place where it is is a landscape that presents eucalyptus forests that combine with the greenery of the cattle area.
It is a hill whose summit is built a temple in honor of the gods. The museum exhibits ceramics, metals, textiles and natural elements found during the excavations. It also has maps and photographs.
The cemetery of Sillustani, famous for its ninety chullpas, where the authorities of the town of Collao were buried. The Sillustani Chullpas are located on top of a gentle hill overlooking the Umayo Lagoon. Apparently here nobles, rulers or priests were buried who were then revered, that's why their preferential place.
Kotosh is considered one of the oldest temples in Peru. The most known precincts are the Temple of the Crossed Hands and the Temple of the Nichitos, located above the first.
For those who know, nazca lines can be seen through a helicopter tour but also the shore excursion can be enjoyed in the same way. In the area there is a large metal tower 13 meters high from which you can see very clearly 2 of the famous figures or geoglyphs of Nazca, also allows you to see several geometric figures and many straight lines.
Chan Chan is composed of 9 palaces or monumental complexes, 35 architectural units or semi-monumental complexes, 6 pyramids, 4 large popular neighborhoods and several ceremonial roads. Chan Chan is the largest adobe-built city in America and the second in the world.
Marcahuasi is a forest of stones with incredible shapes that seem to have been made by a skilled and imaginative sculptor. The Monument of Humanity, the symbol of Marcahuasi, measures approximately 25 meters high and, depending on the angle from which it is observed, can adopt a different face. Their lithic formations resemble characters and animals. The ascent to the plateau is a walk of approximately two hours, from the town of San Pedro de Casta, this can be done on foot or in acémila.
Peru offers you the opportunity to meet incredible cultures, live captivating festivities and perform such diverse activities ranging from a traditional visit to archaeological sites to the practice of adventure sports and encounters with nature. We invite you to discover and enjoy the best Peru Trip.