There are several reasons to visit Peru. From its diverse natural geography, cultural festivals, welcoming, beauty and lots of attractions. There are so many things to see and do in this unique travel destination. Here are the top 9 attractions in Peru. Read on to find out more about them. 

1. Machu Picchu, , Peru -

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Declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983; Machu Picchu is a place of history and mystery, built in the 15th century. An Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains just above the Urubamba River valley, it is a sight to behold. Although abandoned in the past, this building is renowned for its polished dry-stone walls, panoramic views, and intriguing buildings, including the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.

The ancient ruins continue to reveal the mysteries of the Inca empire, but its exact former use remains a mystery. Although, most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti.

Address:08680, Peru
Website: https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio

2. Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Peru -

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Also known as the Mountain of Seven Colors, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain is a wonder. Discovered a few years ago when the snow covering it melted, it is now considered a holy site in Peru and has become a hotspot for tourists, as it is the second-most visited attraction in the Cusco region. The spectacular feature of this mountain remains its unique mineralogy which created a marbling effect, with layered hues of gold, lavender, red and turquoise towering into the sky, hence the name.

Address:Cordillera de Vilcanota, Cusco 08225, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinicunca

3. Colca Canyon, Chivay, Peru -

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The perfect setting for extreme sports and relaxation, around and within nature; undiluted, Colca Canyon, which is one of the world's deepest canyons surrounded by Andean vegetation, is a spectacle. It has everything, so much to do and see like highland animals, including; alpacas, vizcachas, and pumas, in their natural habitat.

Address:Chivay, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colca_Canyon

4. Huayna Picchu, , Peru -

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Also located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Huayna Picchu is a large mountain. Huayna Picchu, which means "Young Peak" in Quechua, rises over Machu Picchu and the Huayna Picchu trek leads to a viewpoint overlooking the Inca citadel of Machu. The experience is always full of awe.

Address:Huayna Picchu, 08680, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huayna_Picchu

5. Moray, Maras, Peru -

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Moray, approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 meters and just west of the village of Maras, is another archaeological site in Peru that contains unusual Inca ruins of several terraced circular depressions, the largest being approximately 30 m deep. The ringed Incan ruins have long been a mystery but are said to have likely been part of a large-scale agricultural experiment.

Address:Maras 08655, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moray_(Inca_ruin)

6. Lake 69, , Peru -

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A small, beautiful, and blue lake near the city of Huaraz, in the region of Áncash, Lake 69 is one of the more than 400 lakes that form part of the Huascarán National Park. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, it is one of the most emblematic lagoons of Peru, nourished by a waterfall from Chacraraju.

Address:Lake 69, 02160, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_69

7. Maras Salt Mines, Maras, Peru -

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Located in Maras, a town near the city of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of southeastern Peru, these salt mines are thousands of individual salt pools/evaporation ponds on a hillside, used to produce salt since pre-Inca times. The natural colour variation of the pools, staggered in terraces down the side of the canyon, totally makes them a breathtaking sight.

Address:Maras 08656, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maras ,_Peru

8. Cordillera Huayhuash, , Peru -

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Protected within the Cordillera Huayhuash Reserved Zone since 2002, there is no doubt that it is among the most beautiful mountain chains in the world. Located in the Peruvian Andes, in the boundaries of the regions of Ancash, Lima, and Huánuco, this mountain range is a totally incredible compact cluster of enormous icy towers surrounded by cascading rivers, turquoise lakes, and also with a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Address:Cordillera Huayhuash, 02426, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordillera_Huayhuash

9. Paron Lake, , Peru -

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The biggest reservoir of fresh water in the Cordillera Blanca, Lake Parón, which is located in the valley of Paron; lying at 4200 meters of altitude, is no doubt one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cordillera Blanca.

Address:Paron Lake, 02165, Peru
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Paron

 


All of these attractions are unique, full of history and nature's beauty. As you plan that trip to Peru, you should totally add exploring these intriguing attractions to your to-do-list.