10 Beautiful Places To Visit In Peru

One of the most exciting countries to visit in the world right now is Peru. Until recently, Peru was never much of a sought after destination, but following the explosion of Peruvian cuisine on the international foodie scene, the world is starting to take note. Gastronomy aside, Peru has a great deal to offer visitors. From rainbow coloured mountains and animal infested jungles, Peru is a travellers dream but incase you need a little more convincing, here are 10 beautiful places to visit in Peru!

places to visit in Peru

The Sacred Valley

High up in the Andes halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies The Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire. The valley which stretches for over 60km, is immersed in farmland, colonial villages and picturesque landscape.

places to visit in Peru

Ica

A far cry from the mountains of the Andes is a different type of landscape all together. Surrounded by desert and sand dunes, Ica is the heart of the Peruvian Wine country and a must visit for wine aficionados! Wineries to add to your list include Tacama, Vista Alegre and El Catador.

places to visit in Peru

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is at the top of many a travel bucket list but what’s rather surprising is that it’s even popular with locals! Dubbed as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu’s popularity shows no signs of wavering so visit sooner rather than later.

places to visit in Peru

Rainbow Mountain 

One of the most spectacular geological features in the world is Rainbow Mountain. Located in the Ausangate Mountain range, the hike to the mountain which is formed partly of colourful sediment, isn’t for the faint hearted. Lying at an altitude of 6,384 meters high, the return hike which takes between six and seven hours to complete, is challenging. A word of warning, do the hike with a tour guide and a reputable one at that. Also, avoid this trail during the rainy season or in bad weather as it could prove dangerous.

places to visit in Peru

Lake Titicaca

Bordering Peru and Bolivia lies Lake Titicaca, the most piercing lake you’ll clap eyes on. Sitting at 3,800 metres above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world and the largest lake in the whole of South America. It’s also widely regarded as the birthplace of the sun.

places to visit in Peru

Iquitos

Adventurers will have no qualms about heading straight for Iquitos, one of two gateways into the Amazon jungle. This fascinating part of the world will see you cruising through the area on a river boat, whilst taking creepy crawlies head on.

places to visit in Peru

Colca Canyon

Not everyone is familiar with Colca Canyon so, it may surprise you to hear that this canyon is actually twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! A blessing perhaps as the area is well preserved but a shame in other respects as few people have witnessed the beauty of the region first hand.

places to visit in Peru

Nazca Lines

Carved into the Nazca desert in Southern Peru are the mysterious Nazca lines. According to legend, the Nazca lines were created between 500 BC and 500 AD. Thankfully the nature of the climate has meant that the lines have mostly been naturally preserved.

places to visit in Peru

Paracas

Aside from being blessed with mountains, rainforests, deserts and lakes, Peru is fortunate to border the Pacific Ocean, which means beautiful beaches all down the West coast of the country. Paracas is a firm favourite and offers guests an excellent selection of accommodation. If chilling by the beach gets a little much, take a break and visit the nearby Ballestas Islands and explore the national park.

places to visit in Peru

Miraflores, Lima

The main historical hot spots in Lima can be visited in one day, so instead of staying in the capital, head to the outskirts of the city for a couple of nights in nearby Miraflores. This is the upper end of town and despite it being safer, there are some great hotels, it’s right by the sea and more importantly, you have a plethora of incredible Peruvian restaurants right on your doorstep – a win-win if you ask me!

places to visit in Peru

As you can see, Peru is an exciting country to visit and has a great deal to offer travellers. There are so many more beautiful places to visit in Peru that I haven’t mentioned in this list for fear of making it too long. One thing is certain though, you will not be disappointed when you do venture over to Peru!

What did you think of my list of 10 Incredible Places To Visit in Peru and have you visited any of these places? 

Maggie Oxox

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  1. October 11, 2017 / 8:18 am

    I really really want to visit!!

  2. October 11, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Gosh I want to go here so bad! It looks completely up my street with one of my favourite cuisines and of course THOSE LANDSCAPES! x

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      I could wax lyrical about Peru all day long – it’s a fascinating country with so much to offer visitors and locals alike!xx

  3. October 11, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Oh dear Peru. The gorgeous bright colours, the landscape and the food. Hopefully one day I will get to visit Maggie.

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:49 pm

      There is no hopefully about it Zoe…you will, I’m positive of it 😉 xx

  4. October 12, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Rainbow Mountain looks so amazing, but it’s the Izca Lines that really intrigue me

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:48 pm

      The Nazca lines are fascinating – we went a long time ago, probably not far off 20 years. You would love Peru Suze!

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks Honey! Let me know when you do visit and I would be happy to give you some tips!xx

  5. October 13, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Oh wow! Machu Picchu has always been high on my list. I had no idea about rainbow mountain. Looks utterly beautiful.

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      There are so many incredible parts to Peru and the best bit is you can have every type of holiday in one!xx

  6. October 14, 2017 / 12:20 am

    Looks brilliant! We have all of these in our plans for our December trip so very excited to have them validated by your post!

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks Reena – you are literally going to have the best time! Colombia sounds fabulous – that is high on my wishlist especially Cartagena!

  7. October 17, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    My in laws are in Peru now and I’m so jealous as I’d love to go. The Rainbow mountains are actually somewhere I’d love to see even more than Machu Picchu but in reality, I don’t know that I’d be up to doing the hike as am not the fittest and it sounds pretty tough!

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Rainbow Mountain is super tough – in all honesty I struggle with most places outside of Lima because I’m really not good with altitude! I would definitely advise acclimatising yourself gradually rather than be in and out in a matter of days. Some of the tours cover a lot of ground in one day but also a lot of altitude which isn’t ideal especially if you suffer from altitude sickness. When you make it to Peru Shikha let me know and I’d be happy to give you some tips! xx

    • October 26, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much Steph! I love Peru…always have and always well…not that I’m biased lol!

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