Top 5 sights not to miss In Peru

Machu Picchu (Peru, Southa America), a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Machu Picchu (Peru, Southa America), a UNESCO World Heritage Site

From Pacific beaches to coastal deserts; from the Andes Mountains and ancient Inca sites to thick rainforests -  Peru is a hugely diverse country. Here are just five of its most incredible sights...

Machu Picchu

Still the biggest draw in Peru, and one of the wonders of the world, the Inca city of Machu Picchu (pictured above) should top everyone’s must-see list. It stands 7,970 feet high in the Andes above the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and its origins are still debated. Reconstruction of many of its buildings gives an unrivalled glimpse into what it must have looked like when it was built over 500 years ago.

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

About an hour from the Inca capital of Cusco, itself a major attraction, is the Urubamba Valley. This was the center of the Inca Empire, chosen for its beauty and its fertility, watered as it is by several rivers that cut their way through a dramatic landscape.

Aerial view of geoglyphs near Nazca. Photo: Shutterstock

Nazca Lines

Yet another of Peru’s many Unesco World Heritage Sites, these hundreds of ancient geoglyphs depict humans, animals, birds, straight lines, and geometric patterns. Some of the lines are as long as 1,200 feet and are plainly visible from the air. It’s believed they were carved by the Nazca people from about 400 AD until the civilization died out in around 700 AD – but their purpose remains a mystery.

The magnificent Lake Titicaca.

Lake Titicaca

Like Timbuktu, the very name of Lake Titicaca appeals… and it won’t disappoint. The largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,507 feet, this is the Peru of your imagination: llamas, women in bowler hats, mountain peaks, and crisp, pure air.

The incredible Cotahuasi Canyon.

The Cotahuasi Canyon

More remote than the better-known Colca Canyon, Cotahuasi has the distinction of being the deepest canyon in the world – twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. A hiking trip here is undoubtedly one of Peru’s many highlights.

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