Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley, 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery. If you plan on visiting Machu Picchu, you should allow a minimum of 3 days for travel to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Huacachina is a desert oasis and tiny village just west of the city of Ica in southwestern Peru. At its center are the green waters of the Huacachina Lagoon, ringed by palm trees and thought to have therapeutic properties. The lagoon's shores are dotted with bars and clubs. Dune buggies run across the high, rolling sand dunes surrounding the village.
Iquitos is a Peruvian port city and gateway to the jungle lodges and tribal villages of the northern Amazon. Its district of Belén is known for its massive open-air street market and rustic stilt houses lining the Itaya River. In the historic center, the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) is surrounded by European-influenced buildings dating to the region's turn-of-the-20th-century boom in rubber production.
Máncora is a resort town in the Piura Region, on Peru's northwest coast. It's known for sandy Máncora beach, whose large waves attract surfers. Las Pocitas and Vichayito beaches are calmer. Restaurants and cafes line the main street, Avenida Piura. The town's bars fuel a lively nightlife scene. La Poza de Barro hot springs and mud baths lie southeast of town. Migrating whales visit the waters offshore.
Puno is a city in southern Peru on Lake Titicaca, one of South America's largest lakes and the world's highest navigable body of water. A regional trading hub, the city's also considered Peru's "folkloric capital," owing to its traditional festivals featuring vibrant music and dancing. Landmarks include the Andean baroque-style Puno Cathedral and the Yavari, a 19th-century steamship (now a bed and breakfast).
Swim with Sea Lions at Islas Palomino
Llama, Alpacas, Vicuñas, Guanacos
Peruvian Hairless Dogs
Vizcacha (Macchu Pichu)
WORLD CLASS EATS
Lima is home to the World's 4th Best Restaurant, Central, whose menu is organized by altitude corresponding to the region in Perú where the dish is sourced.
Here are our favorite restaurants in Lima.