The most beautiful places in Peru

The most beautiful places in Peru

The best of Peru

Perú is not only a very beautiful but also a very diverse country. You will find here not only beautiful ice-covered mountains, but also volcanoes or deep canyons. Travelers are also interested in the wonderful Inca monuments or the great Lake Titicaca.

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Machu Picchu
-13.163, -72.545
2 458 m / 8 064 ft

#1 Machu Picchu

The most famous monument of South America

Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the most iconic place of Peru and perhaps all of South America. Not only famous for his legacy of the lost city of Incas, but also for his amazing location between the jungle-covered hills. There is perhaps no tourist who would visit Perú and miss this beautiful monument.

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Alpamayo
-8.879, -77.652
5 947 m / 19 511 ft

#2 Alpamayo

The most beautiful mountain in Peru

Because Alpamayo looks like an impossibly beautiful glacier pyramid, it is ranked among one of the most beautiful mountains not only in Peru, but all over the world. Trekking routes lead both from the south (commercial) and northern (more adventurous) side of the mountain, so you can see it from virtually all sides.

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Titicaca Lake
-15.925, -69.335
3 820 m / 12 533 ft

#3 Titicaca Lake

Freshwater sea

This fabulous lake is situated at an altitude of 3 820 meters above sea level. It is often stated as the highest navigable lake in the world. With its area of 8549 square kilometers it is also the second largest lake in South America. There are 36 islands and it has a clear blue colored water. It is actually a remnant of an ancient sea that once covered almost entire Altiplano.

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Colca Canyon
-15.605, -71.99
2 169 m / 7 116 ft

#4 Colca Canyon

One of the deepest canyons in the world

Colca Canyon, with its 3,270 meters of depth is one of the deepest canyons of the world. His character changes from narrow gorge to the relatively flat valley with lots of terraced fields. In this canyon lead a relatively challenging trek along the old Inca trails.

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Yanayacu lagoon
-9.092, -77.535
4 523 m / 14 839 ft

#5 Yanayacu lagoon

Lake overlooking Nevado Chopicalqui

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on the Punta Yanayacu Pass trek is the Yanayacu Lagoon. On its surface, the peak of Nevado Chopicalqui is mirrored

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Floating islands Uros
-15.818, -69.972
3 815 m / 12 516 ft

#6 Floating islands Uros

An interesting tribe on Lake Titicaca

Only a short distance from the large town of Puno, situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, you can see the culture and customs of the Uros people still living on floating reed islands

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Cuzco
-13.544, -71.884
3 247 m / 10 653 ft

#7 Cuzco

Slavné východisko na Machu Picchu

Cuzco (often also written as Cusco) has almost half a million inhabitants. It is, in fact, the largest tourist center of Perú. Almost every tourist who visits this country will come here as well, because it is the starting point for perhaps the most famous monument of South America - Machu Picchu. The city itself is worth a visit, thanks to its beautiful colonial churches and an interesting location in the valley surrounded by high hills.

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Oasis of Huacachina
-14.088, -75.764
401 m / 1 316 ft

#8 Oasis of Huacachina

An oasis in the Peruvian desert

Just a few kilometers west of the great city of Ica is a desert with huge dunes and picturesque oasis Huacachina. Lake surrounded by dunes looks really remarkably.

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Cullicocha Lagoon
-8.865, -77.75
4 620 m / 15 157 ft

#9 Cullicocha Lagoon

Beautiful lake below Santa Cruz Massif

On a trek around the beautiful Alpamayo Mountain you will find a number of beautiful lakes. One of the most beautiful is the Laguna Cullicocha (4 620 m above sea level). Right next to her is a camp, so you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets

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Arequipa
-16.399, -71.537
2 350 m / 7 710 ft

#10 Arequipa

Metropolis of southern Peru

Arequipa with one million inhabitans is located in the southern city of Perú. This city is the starting point for a number of trekkings and mountain ascents. The horizon of the Arequipa is dominated by the beautiful Misti volcano towering just a few kilometers beyond the city. The historic center of the city is the pretty Plaza de Armas with a magnificent cathedral.

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Jatuncocha Lagoon
-11.94, -75.033
4 580 m / 15 026 ft

#11 Jatuncocha Lagoon

The most beautiful lagoon in the Huaytapallana

During a trip to the Huaytapallana Mountains, you will find a number of very beautiful lagoons. The most beautiful of them is called Jatuncocha

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
-13.385, -71.916
2 938 m / 9 639 ft

#12 Sacred Valley of the Incas

Inca monuments in the Urubamba valley

The center of the famous Inca Empire was located in the so-called Sacred Valley, an area in the Urubamba River Basin just off Cuzca, the capital of the Inca Empire. You will find here picturesque scenery and beautiful Inca monuments, especially in Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

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Mantaro River Canyon
-12.83, -74.371
2 186 m / 7 172 ft

#13 Mantaro River Canyon

Peruvian Wild West

Center of the Perú is little crowded by tourists. It offers beautiful canyons like in the wild west and very sparsely populated mountainous landscape. A very nice area is the valley of the Mantaro river

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Volcano El Misti
-16.299, -71.406
5 822 m / 19 101 ft

#14 Volcano El Misti

Beautiful volcano over Arequipa

One of the most beautiful volcanoes in Perú is undoubtedly the El Misti volcano (5,822 m above sea level) towering over the city of Arequipa. Ascent to El Misti is one of the most popular excursions in this area.

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The mysterious Nazca Lines
-14.739, -75.13
430 m / 1 411 ft

#15 The mysterious Nazca Lines

Gigantic ancient calendar?

One of the most mysterious places in Peru, or the entire world with its gigantic Nazca figures in the surrounding desert. Theories for what these figures have served are really a whole host, from a huge calendar to welcome aliens. Anyway, it's worth a visit, preferably from an airplane.

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Source of the Amazon
-15.512, -71.702
5 141 m / 16 867 ft

#16 Source of the Amazon

The source of the largest river in the world

In the midst of the deserted Peruvian Altiplana, at an altitude of 5,140 meters above sea level, the Amazon River flows from a small, picturesque pond below the Mismi volcano. The valley of the Carhusant River (this is the source of the mighty Amazon) is very picturesque and full of lamas

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Islas Ballestas
-13.733, -76.397
25 m / 82 ft

#17 Islas Ballestas

The islands bursting with bird guano

Besides the desert peninsula of Paracas, near the town of Pisco there is a small interesting archipelago - Isla Ballestas. There are small islands besieged by sea birds - cormorants, pelicans, raccoons and others. Tourists are also very interested by sea lions basking on the local rocks.

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Yura
-16.208, -71.691
2 722 m / 8 930 ft

#18 Yura

Magic Valley just outside Arequipa

Near the city of Arequipa, west of the mighty Chachani Volcano, lies the very beautiful Yura Valley. This green oasis is surrounded by arid ridges. In addition, you will find a nice canyon and interesting Capua waterfall

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Lima
-12.046, -77.031
161 m / 528 ft

#19 Lima

Capital of Perú

Lima is the main and largest city in Perú. With its ten million inhabitants it is one of the largest in the whole of South America. Most travelers are here for as short a time as possible, but there are many attractions: Plaza de Armas, Convento de San Francisco with its catacombs, the Miraflores coastline, and the great pyramid Huaca Pucllana

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Paracas peninsula
-13.893, -76.314
3 m / 10 ft

#20 Paracas peninsula

Desolate region with yellow cliffs

Only a short distance from the city of Pisco is located the interesting peninsula of Paracas. The interior is desert and its edges are lined with beautiful yellow cliffs and rock formations. La Cathedral is the most famous of its kind. Together with the nearby Ballestas islands, this area is called the Peruvian Galapagos.

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Yuraccocha Lagoon
-8.884, -77.729
4 640 m / 15 223 ft

#21 Yuraccocha Lagoon

Lagoon below the massif of Santa Cruz

Lagoon Yuraccocha (4 640 m asl) is one of the less frequently visited lagoons because it does not lie directly on the route of Alpamayo trek. It is certainly worth seeing mainly thanks to the beautiful mountain scenery of the three top massif of Nevado Santa Cruz, which rises directly over the lagoon.

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Ayacucho
-13.16, -74.226
2 752 m / 9 029 ft

#22 Ayacucho

The town of 33 churches

The picturesque town of Ayacucho, located practically in the middle of the country, is renowned for 33 churches. It has almost 180,000 inhabitants. The city center is located near the Plaza de Armas

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Huanta
-12.929, -74.234
2 952 m / 9 685 ft

#23 Huanta

The city guarded by Jesus

Small town Huanta is located in a wide, relatively fertile valley. Is renowned for being a huge statue of Jesus, built on a hill high above the city.

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