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Top 5 Places to See in Peru

Updated: Sep 15, 2020


Visiting Machu Picchu, the legendary Incan city and one of the most recognizable tourist attractions in the world, is on the bucketlist of many, but there’s so much more to explore in Peru. After you’ve trekked through the ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, use this list to help navigate your trip to Peru




1. The Natural Pools of Millpu

These natural pools have such a gorgeous turquoise color that you have to see for yourself. The location is rather remote, situated deep within the Andes Mountains in the town of Circamarca, but the pools are conveniently located about halfway between Cusco and Lima. The water does get quite cold, but that’s no reason to miss out on the beauty of this hidden gem.



2. Rainbow Mountain

The Rainbow Mountains, formally known as Vinicunca, is one of the top tourist attractions in Peru and makes for a perfect day trip from Cusco. Marvel at the red, brown, pink, white and green swirls and check out this post for everything you need to know before you go.



3. Huacachina

Huacachina is a tiny village oasis built around a natural lake surrounded by massive sand dunes. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and clubs, but those who are more adventurous can’t miss out on sandboarding, dune hiking, or riding a dune buggy. Most dune buggy tours include sand boarding and sand skiing and hostels and hotels often rent out equipment. Huacachina is versatile for all kinds of travelers and will leave you with many lasting memories.

Check out this post on Culture Trip for more reasons to visit!


4. Ballestas Islands

Often referred to as Peru’s own Galapagos Islands, these islands are home to wildlife including sea lions, penguins, whales and various seabirds. Despite not being possible to visit the islands without a tour, it certainly is worth the trip.

Check out this guide to help plan your trip.


5. Amazon Rainforest

Covering 60% of the country, Peru has the second largest portion of the Amazon Rainforest after Brazil. The Peruvian Amazonia is extremely diverse and filled with wildlife, secluded villages, and spectacular scenery.

WorldNomads have a great guide that’s a must read.


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