Planning to visit Peru’s Andean or Jungle area?
Arequipa with its Colca Valley
Arequipa is known as the “Ciudad Blanca” (“White City”) because its beautiful colonial homes, churches and monasteries have been built using the “sillar,” a white volcanic stone unique to the area.
Arequipa’s city center is home to many fine restaurants and is surrounded by a spectacular countryside. A must-see are the Colca Valley, the valley of the volcanoes, the Colca Canyon, and the beautiful Aguada Blanca and Mejia Lagoons.
With the recent spectacular archaeological discoveries of The Lord of Sipán in Huaca Rajada, The Lord of Sicán in Batán Grande, and the pyramids of Túcume, the city of Chiclayo is now second only to Cuzco as a site of Pre-Inka and Inka archaeological discoveries.
Chiclayo, also known for its warm climate and beautiful beaches, is located on Peru’s Northern coast.
Cuzco and the Inka Trail
Cuzco, once the capital of the Inka Empire, is the most visited historical site in Peru.
Cuzco’s architecture both retains that of the Inka and fuses the Inka and the Spanish styles.
The mystic and enigmatic sacred Inka citadel of Machu Picchu still stands majestically. Similarly, the “Valle Sagrado” (“Sacred Valley”), the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the Inka Trail continue to awe many a visitor.
Cuzco’s landscape and the city’s beauty, its paseos, cafes, and traditional festivities will fascinate you.
Huaraz & the Cordilleras
North of Lima are Huaraz City and the Callejón de Huaylas (“South America’s Switzerland”) with their spectacular Andean landscapes and snow-capped summits.
Part of the landscape are the turquoise blue lagoons of the beautiful Cordillera Blanca (“White Mountain Range”). Nearby are Chavín de Huántar, cradle of Peru’s oldest civilization, and the magnificent 6776 m high Huascaran Peak.
Iquitos – Amazon River
Iquitos is an ideal place for lovers of nature who want to feel in intimate contact with the Amazon forests.
Visit the City of Iquitos and then move to lodgings located in the midst of Amazonian aboriginal habitats, with exuberant flora and fauna.
Admire natural animal reserves and national parks such as Pacaya, Samiria, or Allpahuayo Mishana.
Nazca & the Nazca Lines
This is a unique place in the world, full of mystery and mysticism, wonderful forms of immense figures and lines, of spectacular perfection — the work of an ancient Peruvian civilization, the Nazca.
Nearby, are the pre-Inka archaeological complexes of Cahuachi, Estaqueria, Chauchilla, and the Aqueducts.
Paracas is an excellent destination for birdwatchers and other nature lovers.
Paracas’s National Reserve (declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO) is also a place where the traveller can enjoy nautical sports such as windsurfing, scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing and more.
The nearby Ballestas Islands are worth visiting for their spectacular natural beauty.
Puno and Lake Titicaca
Located beside the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, Puno is located at 4,000 m above sea level.
Puno is home to the legendary Aymara people and the Tiahuanaco pre-Inka culture.
Puno and its nearby islands – among them, Taquile and Amantani – are rich in archaeological and living culture, and perfect for nature & eco-tourism.
Trujillo, Peru’s ‘spring’ capital, is a coastal city of old colonial lineage.
Enjoy its beaches, its fishing towns, and its pre-Inka ruins.
Very near Trujillo is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú nation (12th century), one of the biggest cities built with mud.
You will also be awed by archaeological pre-Inka sites such as Huaca La Luna and Huaca El Sol, and by new discoveries in the nearby El Brujo and Lady of Cao.
Located in the North Andean region, 2730 m above sea level, Cajamarca, with its magnificent colonial architecture, beautiful landscapes, rich history, and pleasant climate, is a fascinating city you will not forget.
Here you may visit ‘Los Baños del Inca’, the famous medicinal hot springs where the Inka King used to bathe after long trips.
You may visit also Cajamarca’s beautiful colonial monuments, mansions, and churches such as Cajamarca’s Cathedral, the churches of San Franciso and Belen, the church and convent of La Recoleta, the Virgen de los Dolores Chappel, and the Santa Catalina Convent. Many of these buildings date from the mid-17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries.
Among Cajamarca’s archaeological ruins are Las Ventanillas de Otuzco (the Otuzco windows), sculpted in a wall made of volcanic rock.
In Cumbemayo and Los Frailones are impressive pre-Inka works of hydraulic engineering still functioning.
Among Cajamarca’s haciendas (extensive land holdings), Hacienda Colpa has cows that answer when called by name at milking time.
Follow the QHAPAQ ÑAN Inka road and you wil pass by a gigantic pine forest, the Porcon farm, the Porcon stone crafts community with its Parque de Vicuñas, where you will be able to see vicuñas and other wild specimens such as pumas, monkeys, and parrots. Continue on this road and it will take you to the Coyor Fortress located at the top of a hill beside the San Nicolas Lagoon, some 25 km south of Cajamarca City. The QHAPAQ ÑAN Inka road is also the road that will take you to the Baños del Inca.