Land of jungles, coast and mountains, Peru has a variety of destinations that offer a diversity of activities, ancient treasures and the spectacular beauty of our natural landscapes. Here Peru by Bus brings you the top 5 places to visit in Peru this year.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

1. Citadel of Machu Picchu

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, and one of the most visited by tourists, Machu Picchu crowns the top 5 places to visit in Peru. It is an ancient Inca city surrounded by temples, platforms and water channels, and built on top of a mountain. The citadel has beautiful stone-based buildings, which were carved with much precision and detail, and is considered the most important edification of the Incas. Machu Picchu was Declared Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO,

Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is divided into two large sectors: the agricultural, that includes a vast network of terraces and artificial platforms; and the urban sector, formed by diverse constructions and squares among which stand out the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Temple and the Temple of the Condor. Each place offers you a magical experience and a special connection with the environment.

2. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The reserve is the most extensive tropical flooded forest in the Peruvian Amazon and the second largest protected natural area in Peru, with an extension of more than two million hectares. Located in Loreto, it is delimited by two great rivers, Marañon and Ucayali, which originate the Amazon. It offers an unforgettable and unique experience to be in intimate contact with nature and its inhabitants.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru: Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
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Pacaya Samiria is one of the best destinations for nature and adventure lovers, and makes the cut among the top 5 places to visit in Peru. The park offers several routes and activities, like wildlife excursions, birdwatching, kayaking, hiking, camping and caving. It also protects ecosystems of humid tropical forests that harbor a great biodiversity of the Amazon, a Natural Wonder of the World.

3. Kuelap Fortress

There is a paradise for adventurers waiting on top of the amazonian jungle. The Kuelap Fortress is a hidden wonder in the northeastern Andes of Peru. Located in the province of Luya, this ancient fortress is surrounded by impressive walls and abysses and an impenetrable and exotic jungle.

Kuelap Fortress: Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

Kuelap represents one of the most recognized archaeological sites in the country. Its walls reach 30 meters high and 600 meters long. The citadel is composed of more than 505 precincts and 198 external buildings. Inside Kuelap, you can admire up to 420 circular stone houses with rhombus and zigzag friezes. From the top, the green mountains rise above this privileged place.

Arriving at the archaeological complex is an adventure trip. It’s the ideal destination for lovers of adventure, nature and history.  

4. Paracas National Reserve

This reserve is one of the two Natural Protected Areas that preserve representative samples of the marine-coastal ecosystems of Peru, giving protection to diverse species of flora and wild fauna. In this fascinating marine region inhabit animals such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins and flamingos.

Paracas National Reserve: Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

Within the reserve, you can visit the Candelabro, a geoglyph located northeast of the Bay of Paracas, which can be admired in its entirety from the sea by the Ballestas Islands. 

5. Huascaran National Park

Recognized by UNESCO in 1977 as a Biosphere Reserve and declared Natural World Heritage Site in 1985. This national park is one of the most extraordinary high mountain ecosystems on Earth. The park contains 663 glaciers, 269 turquoise lakes and the highest mountain in Peru –the Huascaran–, at a height of 6747 m. In addition, it is the habitat of unique species such as condors, pumas, jaguars and the peculiar spectacled bear. The area is a paradise for fans of mountain sports and lovers of adventure tourism and nature. It is easy to reach the park from Huaraz.

Parque Nacional Huascarán: Top 5 Places to Visit in Peru

The tour through the park includes views of the snow-capped mountains and the impressive cliffs that rise from the valley. You can visit the most beautiful mountain in the world: Alpamayo; or visit the Llanganuco lagoons, located at the foot of Huascaran. With waters of an intense turquoise tone and surrounded by rare queñua trees, the Park has a unique environment that will amaze you.

In short, Peru is a country that has countless destinations and activities to offer. What are you waiting for? Travel to Peru and marvel at its incredible landscapes, charming people and delicious food.