Machu Picchu ⛰️
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The approximately 200 structures making up this outstanding religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural centre are set on a steep ridge, crisscrossed by stone terraces. Following a rigorous plan the city is divided into a lower and upper part, separating the farming from residential areas, with a large square between the two.
Rainbow Mountain 🌈
Located in the Peruvian Andes in Cusco just 3 hours away from the historical center, Rainbow Mountain or Montaña de Siete Colores is becoming the main attraction to see after or before Machu Picchu. As you could guess, the mountain is famed for its natural, multi-colored beauty at a staggering 5,200m above sea level. This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area giving the mountain the turquoise, lavendar, gold and other colors. It was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing the hidden gem that’s still considered holy by many until this day.
Supay Beach 🌊
The Paracas National Reserve is a protected area located in the Ica region, approximately 250 km (155 mi) south of the city of Lima and about 27 km (17 mi) from the town of Pisco, Peru. Established in 1975, the reserve protects desert and marine ecosystems and also includes archaeological remains of the Paracas culture. Supay is a Quechua word meaning ‘devil’ This beach where the desert meets the ocean, as nice as it is, is dangerous because of the riptides. Bathers are regularly swept out to sea.
Awana Kancha 🦙
Awana Kancha is known as the ‘living museum of the Andes’ – invites people to get up close and personal with native alpacas, treasured by the ancient Inca civilization and a sacred symbol of Peru. Although billed as a “weaving center,” Awana Kancha’s main draw is arguably its resident animals. Here, you’ll encounter all four species of the native camelid family up close; alpacas, llamas, guanacos, and vicunãs. These long-necked creatures have historically roamed the Andes and provided clothing, fuel, and companionship as domesticated animals for over 5,000 years.
Paron Lake 🌊
The Laguna Paron is one of the most beautiful lakes, and the largest in the Cordillera Blanca. It stands at around 4,200 meters above sea level, so unless you are already totally climatized to the altitude, take it easy hiking around. The water is a blue turquoise color. The lake is surrounded by gorgeous mountains with snowy peaks, the most famous being the Artesonraju mountain. The roads everywhere are unfortunately horrible so the drive over is pretty miserable but definitely worth it.
Cathedral of Lima ⛪
Construction of the Cathedral of Lima, which is located at Plaza de Armas, started in 1535. Francisco Pizarro, the city’s founder, requested the architecture in neoclassical style inspired by the Seville Cathedral. The Cathedral has been damaged several times by earthquakes over hundreds of years. Inside, there are dozens of altars in different styles, the most stunning being the João Batista’s alter with a magnificent sculpture of Jesus Christ. The monumental size, the intricate altars, the magnificent ceiling and the main altar make this Cathedral a beautiful sight. The remains of Pizzaro lie in a chapel there.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ⛪
The Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción) or Pucallpa Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Ucayali) is the most important Catholic temple in the department of Ucayali in the South American country of Peru. The cathedral was inaugurated on December 8, 2005. Located next to the provincial municipality and the Plaza de Armas, it is the local tourism center. Dedicated to the virgin Mary, the first building dates back to the 1950s. It was imposed by the Apostolic Vicariate of Pucallpa under the command of Bishop Juan Luis Martín Bisson, with the support of the donations and work of thousands of citizens interested in his culmination
Lake Titicaca 🛖
By visiting Puno and the many manmade and natural islands on Titicaca, a traveler or a historian can get a deeper insight into centuries-old Aymara and Quechua civilizations that have thrilled on the banks of Titicaca, which is a special place for both Peruvians and Bolivians religiously. The altiplano geography and hilltop huts, the glistening blue waters of the ocean-like lake, the humble indigenous people, and the many peculiar islands with their simple way of living and ingenious style of survival.