Peru is worth a visit as a tourist destination. In Peru you will find many wonderful tourist attractions. Peru is a beautiful country, and rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Of course you can enjoy one of the natural wonders that exist here, that is Machu Picchu.
This country’s unique with Inca culture, Nazca Lines, amazing Machu Piccu, the wild Amazon jungles to vast coastal deserts and the icy peaks of the Andes. Peru is friendly, multi-ethnic people are a cultural treasure on their own. The enchanting mix of dozens of distinct indigenous groups and mestizo’s, all with their own colourful traditions and food delicacies will be a wonderful experience.
Here are wonderful tourist attractions in Peru you must visit:
1. Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful and impressive ancient sites in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most familiar symbols of the Incan Empire. The Incas started building it around AD 1430 but it was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. It is a remarkably well hidden place, and well protected. Located far up in the mountains of Peru, visitors had to travel up long valleys littered with Inca check points and watch towers.
Built on a hill at 300 meters above sea level. The city of Lima was founded in 1553 by Francisco Pizarro from Spain. The city of Lima has plenty to offer to the tourists, characterized by its historic center, archeological sites, museums, art galleries, festivals, and traditions. Lima is home to restaurants and bars where local and international cuisine is served. City of Lima is designed as a block and very neat. This seems to continue what was made by the Spaniards when designing the Centro de Lima. The old town landscape created by the block model with a lot of public spaces and parks open they called plaza. There plaza Saint Martin and Plaza de Armaz.
3. Colca Canyon
This canyon sits between two volcanoes, Coropuna and Ampato. Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, situated about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most famous tourist destination in Peru. This canyon obviously has a spectacular view, a combination of the valley, local farming population, the volcano that still active and also a green oasis. The canyon is home to the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts. The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a big attraction.
4. Nazca Lines
Nazca lines is the main rival Machu Picchu as the most visited tourist travelers. Nazca Lines are giant images are printed on the farm and can only be seen from space. Created between 200 BC and 700 AD the figures range from simple lines to stylized spiders, monkeys, fish, llamas, lizards and human figures. The lines were created on such a large scale that it wasn’t until the 1920′s, when Peruvian airlines started to fly from Lima to Arequipa, that they were recognized as figures. This image is believed to be the result of outer space man actions who came to earth millions of years ago, but some believe that this line is part of a religious ritual.
Cuzco is the cradle of Peru’s history. This is where the once powerful Inca Empire was established. No wonder it was referred to as the country’s main tourist destination. Cuzco is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of Peru’s most visited cities as it is the largest and most comfortable city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and other Inca sites in the region. Cuszo is a city for the ancient ruins, fine tradition or distinct local cuisines, Cusco is an amazing place to visit.
Trujillo is the third largest city in Peru. It has great marine resources, archaeological sites and remarkable traditions that are worth sharing to others. Above all, this Peruvian city has abundant sunny days. Beaches in Trujillo are very popular. Aside from the abundant seafoods and cool waters, these beaches are also known as hot spots for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. The Huanchaco Beach is one perfect spot for both surfing and fishing. Archaeological sites such as the Chan Chan citadel and the temples of the Sun, the Moon and the Dragon (Huaca del Sol, Huaca dela Luna and Huaca el Dragon) should never be missed.
7. Iquitos (Amazon River)
The city of Iquitos benefits largely from eco-tourism. The inherent beauty of the Amazon jungle is one of its main attractions. The city hardly accesible to the outside world, tourists from different parts of the world come to this city via plane or boats to seek for an exciting jungle adventure. Iquitos is the best way to see the Amazon.
8. Huascaran National Park
Huascaran National Park was also pronounced as Natural Heritage of Humanity and recognized as Reserve of Biosphere Core. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve attracts hikers and nature lovers to its tall peaks, valleys, glaciers, lakes and wildlife. The park’s activities and attractions include whitewater rafting on the Santa River, the stone temple at Sechin and Lake Llanganuco, the location for Peru’s annual Mountaineering Week.
9. Chan Chan
The city was built by the Chimu around 850 AD and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in 1470 AD. Chan Chan is an impressive set of ruins of an ancient Chimor mud city, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The centre of Chan Chan consists of several walled citadels which housed ceremonial rooms, burial chambers and temples.
1o. Lake Titicaca
It is one of captivating lakes in the world. Lake Titicaca located on the border between northern Bolivia and southern Peru. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake on earth, which is more than 3,800 meters above sea level. It is 196 kilometers long, extending from western Bolivia to southeastern Peru.