Peru Tourism, Tourist Attractions
While Peru is synonymous with Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization (among the oldest in the world), there is a lot more that the country offers to visitors. In addition to the cultural richness you ill also find Peru rich in natural resources and a land filled with beautiful landscapes. With much of the Amazon extending through Peru there is plenty of wildlife to observe. Tough lacking in the infrastructure of the western countries, all in all Peru Travel will be nothing short of satisfying.
Peru Tourism – Top 10
Below are the major tourist attractions and reasons why people visit the country.
1. Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s top attractions. You’ll feel like you went back in time and lost yourself in a history so ancient yet so civilized, it makes you wonder about the present and where we’re going as a society. It’s a 15th century Incan site in Peru, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s rural. Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world.
Mancora is both a beach resort and a beach town in northwestern Peru with great sights. It is best known for its good waves, which have turned it into a hot spot favored by surfers. Also, the crystal clear warm water and turquoise beaches are attractive options for everyone looking into tourism in Peru.
Cusco is an attractive colonial city with many wonderful churches and courtyards, that was once the capital of Inca Empire. Several legends about Cusco and the founding of the Inca Empire include tales of Manco Capac- the male founder of the Incas, and Mama Ocllo- the female founder of the Incas, being sent to Lake Titicaca by the sun and moon gods to gain strength and power. Numerous architectures built here are declared as part of the World heritage by UNESCO.
Huacachina, a small village, located in southwestern Peru, is known for its amazing oasis. The village itself is built around what is called a natural lake. It is also called the “Oasis of America”. The quiet village with a small number of inhabitants is ideal for someone who looks to get away from the usual noisy cities.
Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest and the sixth largest city of Peru, is located on the left bank of the Amazon River – a Peru tourism favorite. A cosmopolitan city with strong Amazon roots and cultural diversity encourages creativity in its artistic community. It has a strong tourism-based economy because of the location by the banks of Amazon and it is considered a party town.
6. Colca Canyon
The Colca Canyon, a beautiful part of Peru offers eye-catching scenery and the best chance to observe condors (a special kind of vulture) in the wild. Earlier, the tribes of Collaguas, the Cabanas and the Incas inhabited in this area; making it a place of great cultural significance for the Peruvian people. The Colca Canyon attracts 120,000+ tourists per year also because it is twice deeper than the Grand Canyon and hence ranked #6 in Peru tourism.
7. Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley, the valley of the Urubamba River, is located between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The valley and the Urubamba River played very important role to the Incas. Since the ancient times, this valley is famous for its agricultural development and is a great source of harvesting natural resources. It features a pleasant climate and lies just below the most famous of Peru tourism attractions -the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
8. Las Nazarenas
Las Nazarenas is at the centre of Cusco and the ideal place to start from if you are preparing to explore key locations. It’s a beautiful church which is also included in the World Heritage Sites. Though it was constructed at the same time with the monastery of Nazarenas, in 1746 after a terrible earthquake it is surprisingly well preserved.
9. Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas can be easily translated as Weapons’ Square and it’s a name that usually designates a main square in the Latin American culture. Most Latin American cities have this type of square and this is due to the Spanish conquistadors who had built them. The declaration of the independence of Trujillo took place in this square.
10. Santa Catalina Monastery
Santa Catalina monastery of nuns located in Arequipa, Peru has an interesting architecture that makes it pretty unique around the globe. It was built in Mudejar style in 1579 and the most striking is its appearance for the amazing vividly painted walls. Its area includes over 20,000 square meters.