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Take a look at these UNESCO Tours in Peru, and choose which historical sites appeal the most to you. Whether you want to hike to Machu Picchu at sunrise or be amazed by the culture and history of Cuzco. There are a grand total of 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru just waiting to be explored! Some of the most beautiful sites include Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Arequipa, and the Nazca Lines. Visit any of these places and you’re sure to be amazed by culture, nature, and history.
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UNESCO Peru – Sites You Need to Visit
Founded by the Inca ruler Pachacutec in the 15th Century, Cusco became the center of the Inca Empire. You can see evidence of this today. Within the city, the friendly locals will point out examples of Inca stonework; huge stones placed perfectly into thick, solid walls that have withstood centuries of rain, wind, and earthquakes. There are also Inca ruins to explore just outside Cusco at Sacsayhuaman.
After the Spanish conquered the region in the 16th Century, they built Baroque style churches amongst the Inca buildings, resulting in a unique mix of Inca and colonial architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage Site that begs to be explored.
Arequipa boasts an intriguing mixture of architecture. In Arequipa, you’ll find intricate Baroque facades and neoclassical Churches inside the sturdy city walls, with the integration of native Indian masonry throughout. But don’t think that it’s only the idiosyncratic architecture that won Arequipa its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list: the surroundings are also well worthy of mention and –with an extra day or two in the region – of exploration.
The residents of Peru’s second-largest city live in the shadow of El Misti, a perfectly symmetrical volcano with a snow-capped peak in winter. In fact, the name ‘Arequipa’ is said to come from the native Aymara phrase for ‘behind the peak’.
Over an area of 450 km2, the ancient peoples of the region carved figures of animals, plants, and even imaginary beings into the dry landscape, located several hours drive south of the capital, Lima. Theories about why the Nazca lines were created center around astrology and religion, but some of the giant shapes seem to have been created for the purpose of many people using the lines as a track. The best way to view the Nazca UNESCO World Heritage Site in Peru is in a light aircraft. Organize a short flight to get a sense of scale and spot all the different shapes carved into the dust.
Not only is Machu Picchu one of Peru’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it’s also one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Just like Cusco, Machu Picchu owes its existence to the great Inca ruler, Patchacutec, who was head of the Empire in the 15th Century when the meticulously planned construction began. The stone city is found at 2,430 m (7,970 ft) above sea level amongst the spectacular forested peaks of the Andes Mountains. The UNESCO World Heritage website goes so far as to call the area “… the scenically most attractive mountainous territory of the Peruvian Andes”.
5 Best Peru UNESCO Tours for 2023
|Classic Trip to Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu||from $920||4 Days||On this four-day Machu Picchu tour from Lima, you'll see the highlights of Peru, including the bustling capital of Lima, the ancient capital of the...|
|The Essence of Peru||from $2890||15 Days||Historic Lima, the Ballestas Isles (the 'Galapagos of Peru'), Nazca Lines, the white city of Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, mystic Cuzco, the Sacred Valley...|
|The Incas, Uros, Gauchos & Cariocas Tour||from $3025||18 Days||Embark on an 18-day journey through the Land of the Incas, where the remnants of their great civilization continue to capture the imagination. From...|
|Machu Picchu & the Amazon Jungle Tour||from $1450||8 Days||Discover two of Peru's best wonders on this Machu Picchu and Amazon jungle tour. First, visit Lima, the burgeoning capital of Peru, and then follow...|
|Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu||from $860||5 Days||Enjoy the 88 km-long Salkantay Trail that will lead you to Machu Picchu through the Salkantay Pass, one of the most breathtaking trails in the...|
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