Top Peru Attractions

From mysterious Inca sites to cities with South American flair

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There is so much to see when visiting Peru, it would be hard to squeeze it all into a single Peru trip. Here's a rundown of the most popular Peru attractions, from lively cities to ancient sites that still have the archaeologists scratching their heads.

Have a look at our Peru itineraries for ideas on planning your Peru holiday. Our 10 or 7 day Jaguar includes hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and is an adventurous itinerary packed with hiking, biking, backpacking, and jungle exploration. We also have a trip which incorporates a Lodge to Lodge Trek in Peru, and visits the breath taking Rainbow Mountain, check out our 'Alpaca' trip for more information. If Lake Titicaca is at the top of your list of places to explore in Peru, as well as the salt flats of Bolivia, then take a look at our 'Chinchilla' adventure.

Our 11-day Capybara: Family trip in Peru, is a fantastic way to see Peru on an unforgettable family vacation. Packed with adventure for both young and not so young, we'll see wildlife in the Amazon rainforest, visit Machu Picchu, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and sea kayak on Lake Titicaca.

Read more about Peru in your FREE brochure, featuring heaps of travel photos, more detailed maps and tips for planning your Peru adventure.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is both the most well known and least known of the Inca sites. Since its discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu has been considered one of the world's greatest architectural and archaeological monuments, but to this day, experts cannot agree on why or exactly how this city of stone was built.

Misty Machu Picchu Inca Ruins

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Hike to Machu Picchu

Arequipa

Founded in 1540, Arequipa is Peru's second largest city after Lima. Arequipa gets its moniker "La Ciudad Blanca" (The White City) from its gleaming white buildings made of sillar, which is a light volcanic rock. The city is surrounded by three volcanoes, including El Misti, which is still active. Some of the world's deepest and most spectacular canyons can also be found nearby.

Cuzco (also known as Cusco)

Once the capital of the Inca empire in the 14th century, Cuzco is a fascinating town in Southern Peru full of ancient treasures and modern gems. See the Cuzco Travel Planner for our picks of what to see and where to go.

Iquitos

With about half a million residents, Iquitos is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road. Located on the banks of the Amazon river in the Northern Amazon basin, it's the perfect base for exploring the unique wildlife and largely untouched jungle in the national parks.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake, by volume of water, in South America and sits 3812 metres (12,500 feet) above sea level on the border of Bolivia and Peru. Read more about Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Lake Titicaca, Peru

Lima

Lima is the capital as well as the industrial and financial centre of Peru, so you'll likely start or finish your Peru trip here. Read our Lima Travel Guide for suggestions on where to go and what to see.

Miraflores

Miraflores is the side of Lima the government wants tourists to see and it's not a bad place to spend the afternoon while you're waiting for your flight or have just arrived. This tidy neighbourhood in the capital city of Lima features urban beaches, flower-filled parks as well as upscale shopping and dining.

Nazca Lines (also known as Nasca Lines)

The Nazca Lines are one of the great mysteries that keeps scientists around the world buzzing. No one is quite sure how the Nazca people etched about 300 enormous geoglyphs - line drawings of figures, animals, birds and geometric shapes - into the surface of the red desert rock sometime between 200 BC and 700 AD. Many of the lines are several kilometres long creating precise patterns that are clearly discernible from the air. Why and how continues to defy explanation, but theories have ranged from aliens to art since they were discovered in 1927. Located about six hours by road from Lima.

Puno "Folklore capital of Peru"

Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the area surrounding the city of Puno was where the Aymara civilisation, descendents of the Inca, started in Peru. This is an important agricultural and livestock region of Peru where you'll find llamas and alpacas grazing on the immense plateaus and plains. It's also a cultural centre for artistic expression, especially for dance.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Amazing Trip

    The Peru Jaguar trip we took in May, was the most exciting and adventurous trip we have ever made in our lives! At 70, I was skeptical as to whether I could complete the Inca Trail or not. With Johan's help and support, I not only accomplished my goal, but was extremely satisfied with our total active adventure trip. It seemed as if every time I turned my head, there was another exhilarating scene to photograph. The rest of the trip included the amazon rainforest, and spending the night with a local family on Lake Titicaca which was great. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wishing to explore the world's unknown places that only a few select get to experience. Our guide Erick Farfan was an exceptional young man who went out of his way not just for us, but the entire group. I've never had someone so attentive to every detail to make all of us happy. His choice of restaurants allowed all of us to experience the local foods and were all very tasty. Kudos to Erick, Johan and the rest of the crew for making my experience once in a lifetime which I will never stop talking about.
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    – Texas, United States
    Jaguar 2017, June 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Wonderful Trip

    Terrific Trip!! Beautiful Country! Terrific Organization! Wonderful Guides! Great Food! I was very impressed with Cynthia and Puma and all the others that contributed to making this kind of trip possible. It is a sign of a well run organization when it values and hires such terrific people. They took very good care of us, were extremely well educated, and were very easy to get along with not to mention patient and fun. The Inca Trail views were absolutely breath taking but this really was a very well rounded trip. I enjoyed the cities of Cuzco and Puno, the trip to Porto Maldonado and the jungle with the extremely interesting hotel, and Lake Titicaca with our trips to a couple of the islands and stay with one of the families. Our tour of Lima was a great way to finish off our trip. One more thing-the food was absolutely the best. I have never eaten that well.
    Edward Olson Review Image
    – Minnesota, United States
    Jaguar 2017, August 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Amazing trip, well run operation by people who love what they do

    Overall, a great trip! Patagonia is everything imagined and more. No picture represent the feeling of being there with eyes closed. Treks little harder on two days of the trip: First day (Torres Del Paine) and Mount Fitz Roy trek (25kms), but rewards outweigh the effort.
    All guides, Cynthia, Gem, Paula were outstanding.
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    – Ohio, United States
    Condor, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Tapir trip Review

    The Tapir trip to Ecuador certainly lived up to its "active adventure" name with Hiking, Horseback riding, Cycling and climbing through multiple waterfalls. The variety and the excellence of your guide Mauro made this an unforgettable trip and I highly recommend both Active Adventures and your Tapir trip.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Tapir, January 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Memorable Experience ... Seasoned, Service-centric Guides

    Fast-paced tour with good variety of activities. Enjoyed the lead & care of experienced Guides. We were truly blessed with great weather the whole trip!
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    – California, United States
    Condor, March 2018

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