Situated on the Pacific coast, Peru is a South American country that is known for being one of the greatest centers of ancient civilization. The country sprawls over an area of 1,285,216 square kilometers and blessed with rich & diverse geography that ranges from the soaring peaks of the Andes Mountains to the arid plains of Pacific coast or to the tropical forest stretch of the Amazon Basin. With so much to offer, Peru is an enthralling tourist destination. If you are planning a visit to Peru and wondering what to visit and what not, then read on to know the famous tourist attractions of this stunning country!
Best known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is an inscrutable tourist destination located in the Cusco region of Peru. In fact, Machu Picchu is the most famous as well as visited tourist attraction of the South America. Situated at 2430 meters above the sea level, this is an archeological site that is believed to be established during the time of Inca Empire (1438-1472). Built in a typical Inca style of architecture, the relics of the city confirm that the whole settlement was very intelligently planned with establishing perfect interaction between human and his natural environment. Machu Picchu is also called as the ‘City of Incas’, which is a famous insignia of the long lost civilization.
Huascaran National Park, Ancash of central Peru
Sited amidst the Cordillera Blanca mountain range – world’s highest tropical mountain range (6,768 m above the sea level), Huascarán National Park is famous as a prime tourist attraction in Peru. This special national park comprises of around 27 snow-capped peaks and sprawls over an area of around 3, 40, 000 hectares. With such different geography, this park is blessed with incredible high mountain eco-systems that include 41 rivers, 663 glaciers, 269 lakes and surprising variety of flora and fauna (over 800 plant species and rare species of animals). This national park is a famous biosphere reserve as well as a World Heritage Site for natural heritage for humanity.
A mysterious as well as unique evidence of the native culture of Peru, the Nazca lines are an amazing piece of art. These lines are believed to be produced thousands of years ago. Nazca lines are typically (naturally) shaped into huge animal shapes and several other statistical designs. Spread over an area of over 280 square miles (according to standard information), these lines are actually an onlooker’s delight. Being a one-of-its kind natural delight, Nazca lines are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Archeological list.
Last but not the least; Colca Canyon is another special attraction of Peru. Situated around 100 miles northwest of Arequipa, this canyon is formed between two volcanoes of Peru, namely, Ampato and Coropuna. It is believed that Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (present in the United States). In addition, the surrounding vivid Colca Valley and Andean valley are something that will surely lure nature lovers.
Apart from these, Sacred Valley, Titicaca Lake, The Amazon River, The Cathedral of Lima, Huaraz, Chan Chan and temples of the Sun and Moon are some of the other tourist attractions, which you must not try to miss.