The Top 10 places to visit in Peru other than Machu Picchu in 2018
Peru has several destinations that offer endless activities, impressive historic treasures, and marvelous jungles, mountains and coasts. Here Peru By Bus brings you the top 10 places to visit in Peru.
Top 10 places to visit in Peru other than Machu Picchu
1. Colca Valley
This spectacular place is a paradise for lovers of nature and biodiversity and is located at the northeast end of Arequipa in the Province of Caylloma. One of its main attractions is the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world. It is also a popular destination for hiking. The valley is the ideal place for recreational activities and adventure sports such as trekking, canoeing, etc.
2. Lake Titicaca
One of the most beautiful lakes in Peru, and the tallest in Peru. The cold blue waters surround the city of Puno and show fantastic places that keep its history and tradition intact. Lake Titicaca is an ideal place to practice water sports, like sailing, diving and kayaking. You can also go trekking, and visit its charming islands, such as Taquile, Amantani and Uros.
3. Nazca Lines
These geoglyphs traced on the ground of a desert plain are considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity. They cover an area larger than 450 km². The lines are located in Nazca, and represent living creatures, stylized plants, fantastic beings and geometric figures several kilometers long. The lines pose one of the greatest enigmas of world archeology due to their number, nature, size and continuity. They are commonly listed amongst the top 10 places to visit in Peru.
4. El Brujo Archaeological Complex
The huacas of El Brujo were an important religion center of the Moche culture. They are one of the most beautiful pyramids built in the Chicama Valley. Visitors can witness one of the best exhibitions of the mural art of this culture: most of its walls and walls are adorned with spectacular and colorful representations in high relief.
5. Manu National Park
Located in the jungles of the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios, the Manu National Park represents the largest natural treasure in the Peruvian Amazon. The park protects a number of species and ecosystems it protects. The jungle of Manu offers an extraordinarily high density of wildlife, collpas of mammals and macaws where the animals are concentrated and are easy to observe. No other area in America features such excellent sighting of rare and exotic animals.
6. Sacsayhuaman Fortess
This impressive complex is located very close to Cusco and its main feature are the incredible megaliths with which it was built. To raise the fortress, it is said the Incas needed more than 70 years and the strength of 20 thousand men. Its outer walls can exceed 9 meters in height and some of the stone blocks weigh more than 350 tons.
This fabulous beach town is located just twenty minutes from the city of Trujillo. It is a Peruvian attraction famous worldwide for its charming boats called “caballitos de totora”, its surf breaks and the popular Peruvian dish: ceviche. Along the Huanchaco pier you will find a large number of restaurants that offer typical dishes of the area based on various fish and seafood. On weekend nights, the pier takes life in bars and pubs frequented by national and foreign tourists.
8. Moray Archaeological Complex
Located 57 km from Cusco, Moray is enigmatic for those who visit it. Its impressive circular terraces are superimposed concentrically, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater. These beautiful terraces formed a large agricultural laboratory, in which the ancient Peruvians experimented and obtained incredible advances in agriculture. Moray constitutes another proof of the very high level of agronomic knowledge reached by the Incas.
9. The sarcophagi of Karajía
Known to locals as Purunmachacos, which means “ancient men”, these sarcophagi measure 2,50 meters high and are associated with the Chachapoyas. They are part of the archaeological complex of Chipuric, characterized by the unique form of burial to their dead. They were found in the Karajía ravine in the Luya district of the department of Amazonas. The sarcophagi have inside a corpse, who was previously mummified and sitting in a fetal position. They are also wrapped in typical mantles of their time.
10. Chullpas of Sillustani
The chullpas are stone funerary towers where mummies awaited the rebirth. These ancient buildings are located on the top of a windy hill and have beautiful views of Lake Umayo, said to be enchanted. They stand out for their unusual shape, which is narrower at the base and wider at the top. In this magnetic place, you will find lamas, alpacas and guanacos.
These are the Top 10 Places to Visit in Peru. There are many more! To discover them all, be sure to follow up Peru By Bus.