Historic sites in Peru

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There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Peru and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Peru you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

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Peru: Editor's Picks

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1. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s best preserved Inca sites, located in Peru and protected by UNESCO.

Machu Picchu is an extraordinary ancient stone city along the Inca Trail in Peru and forms one of the most famous historical sites in the world. Believed to have been constructed by the Inca Yupanqui people sometime during the mid-fifteenth century, the ruins of Machu Picchu sit high atop a granite... Read More

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2. Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is a famous hiking route which winds through Inca sites in Peru including Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is a famous route in Peru which allows hikers to follow in the footsteps of the Inca people. The main site along the Inca Trail is Machu Picchu, the magnificent ruins of an Inca city dating back to the fifteenth century and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However,... Read More

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3. Chan Chan

Chan Chan in Peru was the capital of the Chimu civilisation and is a UNESCO listed site.

Chan Chan is an impressive site in Peru and the world’s largest adobe city as well as the largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas. As the capital of the ancient Chimu civilisation, Chan Chan was developed in around 1300 AD and would have reached its peak in the fifteenth century,... Read More

Peru: Site Index

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Cahuachi

Cahuachi is an ancient site of the Nazca civilization in Peru.

Cahuachi is believed to have been a pilgrimage site of the Nazca people. Still an active archeological site, Cahuachi is dominated by several adobe pyramids made of sand and clay as well as having a graveyard. Little is known about Cahuachi, but as it overlooked the Nazca Lines, it is thought... Read More

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Casa de la Emancipacion

Casa de la Emancipacion was the site where Peru planned and declared its independence from Spain.

Casa de la Emancipacion was the site where Peru planned and declared its independence from Spain. This occurred on 29 December 1820, after which Casa de la Emancipacion became the home of Peru’s first government. Today, Casa de la Emancipacion is the building of Banco Continental and is open to... Read More

Cerro Patapo

Cerro Patapo was the site of a city of the Wari civilisation only discovered in 2008.

Cerro Patapo is an archaeological site near Chiclayo in Peru which houses the remains of a city of the Wari Empire. This empire, which ruled much of the Andes, had a presence in Peru from approximately 600 AD to 1100 AD. Only discovered in 2008, Cerro Patapo was a vitally important... Read More

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Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery is a fascinating ancient burial ground with Peru’s largest display of mummified bodies in their original graves.

Chauchilla Cemetery is an ancient Nazca burial ground in the town of Nazca, Peru. Relatively unknown, particularly when compared to the world famous Nazca Lines, Chauchilla Cemetery dates back to 1000 AD and is one of the most open displays of mummified bodies. Chauchilla Cemetery has been severely looted over the... Read More

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Choquequirao

Choquequirao is a little known Incan city in the south of Peru which is similar to the far more famous Machu Picchu.

Choquequirao is a little known Incan city in the south of Peru which may well have served as the final stronghold of the Incan civilisation. Similar in design and architechture to the far better known Machu Picchu, Choquequirao is almost devoid of tourist due to its isolated position. ... Read More

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El Brujo

El Brujo is an early Chimu archaeological site in Peru.

El Brujo in Peru was a Moche (early Chimu) settlement inhabited between 100 and 700 AD. Now an archaeological site, the main features of El Brjuo are its three “huacas” or sacred pyramid temples. The best preserved of El Brujo’s trio of temples, thought to have been sites of ceremonial significance,... Read More

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Kuelap

Kuelap is an imposing 9th century fortress, once the stronghold of the Chachapoyas people.

Kuelap is an imposing 9th century fortress, once the stronghold of the Chachapoyas people, a tribe who lived in the region until shortly before the Spanish conquest. Looming some 3,000 metres above sea level, Kuelap is an impressive site, with limestone walls surrounding a settlement of around 450 stone houses. It... Read More

Llactapata

Often confused with the ruins of Patallacta, Llactapata contains the remains of a small Inca complex near Machu Picchu.

The site of Llactapata contains the remains of a small Inca complex near Machu Picchu. Often confused with the larger ruins of Patallacta, which is frequently called Llactapata, this site was first discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1912 and explored in detail by an Anglo-American team in 2003. Though little evidence... Read More

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Museo de los Descalzos

The Museo de los Descalzos is a Franciscan convent and museum with a large collection of religious paintings which was founded in the late 16th century.

The Museo de los Descalzos is a Franciscan convent and museum with a large collection of religious paintings which was founded in the late 16th century. The convent was the residence of Franciscan monks known as "Los Descalzos" (the barefoot) for over 400 years. It was from here that hundreds of... Read More

Museum Manuel Chavez Ballón

Museum Manuel Chavez Ballón is the museum of the famous Machu Picchu site.

Museum Manuel Chavez Ballón is a museum at the foot of the mountain which houses the world famous Inca city of Machu Picchu. Museum Manuel Chavez Ballón is dedicated to exploring the Inca civilisation and houses an expansive collection of artefacts found at Machu Picchu including household items, artwork and religious... Read More

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are ancient earth drawings in Peru and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Nazca Lines are a series of large shapes embedded in the earth known as “geoglyphs” in Peru’s Nazca Desert. Spread over 450 square kilometres of the Pampa Colorada region in between the towns of Nazca and Palpa, the origin of the Nazca Lines is a subject of much debate, but... Read More

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Ollantaytambo Ruins

Ollantaytambo boasts the remains of an ancient Inca fortress and temple complex.

Ollantaytambo is an ancient Inca fortress and modern village located approximately 60 miles north of the city of Cuzco, which now contains a series of impressive Inca ruins. The fortress was originally built to bring local tribes under Inca control, however the Inca were soon facing a new threat in the... Read More

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Patallacta

A large Inca site near Machu Picchu, Patallacta contains the hillside remains of dozens of walled houses and other buildings.

Patallacta is a large Inca site near Machu Picchu, built atop stepped agricultural terraces surrounding a rising hillside. The site sits along what is now known as the Inca Trail, which runs to the far more famous Machu Picchu and it is believed the settlement was also used by the Inca... Read More

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Phuyupatamarca

One of the most picturesque stops on the Inca Trail, Phuyupatamarca is a well preserved Inca ruin which sits over 11,000 feet above sea level.

The ruins of Phuyupatamarca, located along the Inca Trail, rank among the best preserved and most scenic Inca ruins in existence. Known as the ‘Town above the Clouds’, Phuyupatamarca is over 11,000 feet above sea level and often surrounded by thick clouds which weave their way through the valleys below -... Read More

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Pisac Ruins

The ruins are Pisac are the remains of an impressive Inca settlement which was abandoned in the 1530s.

The Pisac ruins, located next to the modern town of the same name, are the remains of an impressive ancient Inca settlement. Though little is known as to the history of the site before the Spanish conquest, Pisac was probably used as a ceremonial and military centre. The site was abandoned... Read More

Royal Sipan Tombs

The Sipan Tomb Museum holds the treasures of the 4th century tomb of the Moche Lord of Sipan.

The Sipan Tomb Museum in Peru displays the treasures found at the Royal Sipan Tombs, originally uncovered in the Lambayeque Valley. The Royal Sipan Tomb was the mausoleum of the Lord of Sipan, a great warrior and a significant figure amongst the Moche people dating back to the fourth century... Read More

The Bruning Museum

The Brüning Museum has a varied set of exhibits from Peru's history, focusing primarily on the pre-Incas.

The Brüning Museum (Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning) in Lambayeque, is an archaeological museum with a varied set of exhibits from Peruvian history, but focusing primarily on the pre-Incas. One of the highlights is known as the Gold Room or Sala de Oro.... Read More

The Moche Temples

The Moche Temples are two ancient adobe pyramid temples in Peru.

The Moche Temples in Peru are made up of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, translated as the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Moche was a pre-Inca civilisation which preceded that of the Chimu and is sometimes thought of as early Chimu. It dates from around 100 to... Read More

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Winaywayna

Winaywayna is an Inca site in Peru near Machu Picchu.

Winaywayna or Winay Wayna, literally translated as “forever young”, is an Inca site along the Inca Trail close to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Winaywayna is yet another great example of Inca civillisation and is made up of two levels containing a network of houses, fountains and agricultural terraces. Whilst... Read More

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Yalape

Built around 1100 AD, Yalape contain the ruins of an ancient Chachapoyan city. Though largely overgrown, it contains the remains of a huge urban settlement.

Yalape in Peru was an ancient Chachapoyan city and the second largest such settlement after Kuelap. Probably built around 1100 AD, Yalape was a large urban centre and contained a host of residential areas spread out over at least four hectares. The site was later abandoned along with other major Chachapoyan... Read More