Peru Travel Guide

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Straddling the Andes Mountains along the western edge of South America stands Peru. A massive country of geographical diversity with some of the most amazing eco-tourism on the planet and a vast array of historical and cultural artifacts and cities as the center of the ancient Inca Empire, the country is one of the most talked-about destinations in South America. From the coastal deserts to the steamy interior of the rain forests that make up the Amazon basin, to the heights of the snow-capped Andes Mountains, Peru is a jaw-dropping experience, regardless of which part of the country you happen to choose for your adventure destination.

Visitors looking to explore current Peruvian culture can stick to the main cities like Lima with her fevered pitch of night-life mixed with colonial architecture and history, or Ayacucho, a mountainous town full of ruins, museums, and local cultural festivals and folklore. Visit the ancient tombs of Chiclayo or enjoy the beaches of Mancora, with its year-round tropical temperature and vibe. Or, if you happen to be someone who enjoys the ancient cultures, get out into the heart of the country, and experience the ancient Incan Empire that roamed these lands millennia ago.

One of the most epic ruins on the planet is the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Located near the city of Cuzco, and undiscovered until the 20th century, this is a must-see for any visitor to Peru. A UNESCO World Heritage site, located at the end of the most popular foot patch in South America, The Inca Trail, the city sits a thousand feet above the Urubamba River, and when combined with the golden splendor of Cuzco, which was the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, makes for the ultimate Peruvian adventure and step back into history.

Hepatitis A and typhoid fever vaccinations are recommended, as well as yellow fever. Guard against mosquitoes, as malaria can be deadly. As a popular tourist destination, Peru is quite safe if the proper precautions are taken, and the major areas are easily traversed by first-time travelers.

Lima #1 most popular location
South America is packed with adventure destinations. However, when it comes time to picking the perfect place to start, Lima offers what many consider to be the ultimate South American city …
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Cusco #2 most popular location
This ancient capital of the Incan Empire and a World Heritage Site since 1983, Cusco—or Cuzco as it is commonly known—is a Peruvian city in the Urubamba region of the Andes Mountains nest…
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Arequipa #3 most popular location
Arequipa is an essential stop in the Peru tourist trail. Arequipa sits in a seemingly dangerous location, propped up between three towering volcanoes, and has a whitewashed, almost Mediterran…
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Machu Picchu #4 most popular location
The astonishing site of Machu Picchu has recently become one of the most talked about travel destinations in the world. Situated 2,350 meters above sea level in a seemingly impossibly…
1,116travelers 49reviews 123blogs
Puno #5 most popular location
A Peruvian city noted for its proximity to one of the country’s must-see sights, Lake Titicaca, Puno is widely – and correctly – touted as simply a place to lay your head, with days inv…
24travelers 30reviews 80blogs
Nazca #6 most popular location
Home to a culture that was undiscovered by the modern world until the latter part of the 19th century, Nazca is a town along the southern coast of Peru that is world-renowned for the famous N…
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Aguas Calientes #7 most popular location
Aguas Calientes is best known as the ending train station on the trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu. As one would expect with the "Gateway to Machu Picchu", it has developed into a town that bas…
3travelers 28reviews 45blogs
Iquitos #8 most popular location
Iquitos is in the Amazonas region of Peru. This is not to be confused with the Department Amazonas where Chachapoyas is located. Iquitos is the capital of the vast Department of Loreto, which…
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Trujillo #9 most popular location
Trujillo, the third largest city of Peru, is located on the northwestern coast of Peru. It is known as "La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera" (The City of Everlasting Spring) because of its beaut…
30travelers 11reviews 23blogs
Ollantaytambo #10 most popular location
Ollantaytambo is a town located in Peru's "Sacred Valley" and is about 40 miles northwest of Cusco on the route to Macchu Pichu. It is located at a fairly lofty altitude of 9,200 feet and th…
3travelers 12reviews 27blogs
Mancora #11 most popular location
If you are looking for a place in Peru where it's always sunny and you can enjoy the beach, waves and also nightlife; Mancora is for you. Located in the north of the country, Mancora offer…
22travelers 34reviews 25blogs
Huacachina #12 most popular location
One of the smallest towns in Peru, roughly an hour in from the rugged Pacific coastline, Huacachina is an oasis in the middle of a desert, surrounded by massive sand dunes and a mystical aura…
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Urubamba #13 most popular location
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Ica #14 most popular location
It was founded in 1563 by Spanish conquistador Gerónimo Luis de Cabrera. The city is located on the Ica River about 300 km to the south of Lima along the desert coast of southern Peru. Fu…
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Huaraz #15 most popular location
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Machupicchu #16 most popular location
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Paracas #17 most popular location
Gorgious and peacefull. Make sure you make a sandbuggy trip through the dessert (a speed - car) and you visit the beautiful Ballesta - Islands.
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Chivay #18 most popular location
Chivay is a small town in Peru, some 12,000 feet above sea level. This is an amazingly beautiful town with hot spring swimming pools and proximity to the wonderful Colca Canyon. Of particula…
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Miraflores #19 most popular location
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Puerto Maldonado #20 most popular location
Puerto Maldonado is a city in Peru. It's located in south-east of Peru, 55km from the Bolivian border and it's the capital of the Madre de Dios region. The population is around 50.000 Th…
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Pisco #21 most popular location
Beautiful city and very nice people.
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Pisac #22 most popular location
Pisac is a small Peruvian village on the Urubamba River, some forty five minutes from Cusco. The village is well known for its huge market every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. However, the…
2travelers 10reviews 14blogs
Chiclayo #23 most popular location
LOCATION, EXTENSION AND POPULATION: The department of Lambayeque is located in the north western region in Perú. With an extension of 13, 736 km², it limits to the north with Piura, to the …
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Tarapoto #24 most popular location
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Colca Canyon #25 most popular location
There seems to be universal recognition that the Colca Canyon, in Peru is the world's deepest canyon. It is certainly much deeper than the better known Grand Canyon, in the United States. The…
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Huanchaco #26 most popular location
Huanchaco is small coastal village few kilometers from Trujillo, nested on the beach under Peruvian coastal desert. It is famous as one of the world's most ancient spots for surfing and for o…
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Huancayo #27 most popular location
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Chachapoyas #28 most popular location
Chachapoyas Land of the "Cloud People". Capital of Amazonas is the doorway of adventure into a world of lost civilizations and ancient ruins. Snowcapped volcanoes and glacier mountain peaks b…
1travelers 3reviews 10blogs
Piura #29 most popular location
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Lake Titicaca #30 most popular location
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Sacred Valley #31 most popular location
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca Capital of Peru. Fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains num…
4travelers 2reviews 5blogs
Cajamarca #32 most popular location
Cajamarca is the place where famous ransom in gold and silver was paid by last Inca emperor to Francisco Pizarro and his conquistadors. Ransom room is the only building left from Inca period …
11travelers 4reviews 9blogs
Colca #33 most popular location
This is one of the most beautiful parts of Peru. Make sure you leave very early to see Condors and it is also very important that you chew a lot of coca - leaves. When you go from Arequipa to…
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Callao #34 most popular location
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Tambopata #35 most popular location
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Machu #36 most popular location
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Barranco District #37 most popular location
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Yanque #38 most popular location
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Lambayeque #39 most popular location
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Macchu Picchu #40 most popular location
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Huancavelica #41 most popular location
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Pucallpa #42 most popular location
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Taquile #43 most popular location
Taquile is an island on lake Titicaca and is accesable from Puno by boat. The island is 5km long, 1 km wide and in aproximatly 2000 people live there. It has unique culture diferent from P…
Colan #44 most popular location
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Cabanaconde #45 most popular location
Tumbes #46 most popular location
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Miraflores District #47 most popular location
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Amantani #48 most popular location
Juliaca #49 most popular location
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Choquequirao #50 most popular location
Choquequirao (Southern Quechua: Chuqi K'iraw, "Cradle of Gold" or Choqek'iraw) is a ruined Inca city in south Peru, similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu. The ruins are bu…
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