Peru Things to Do

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Peru Things to Do

  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Located just a scant mile from Cusco, Saqsaywaman (Sacsayhuaman) was a huge Incan complex and a remarkable feat of engineering of which only a portion remains today. Sitting at an altitude of about 12,000 ft., it is difficult to grasp the enormity of the complex, as well as the overall structure and shape without seeing an aerial shot of this...

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  • District Of Miraflores

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    We arrived on December 14 2013 and checked into the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores, Lima, Peru. It was located near the heart of Miraflores about 2 blocks from JF Kennedy Park where we went shopping and had a great variety of restaurant. We then walked to the seafront shopping mall of Larcomar. Great views here and we had our...

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  • Huayna Picchu

    5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    You will have to climb for a very narrow path, it will take you 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour to complete it and you will arrive to a plce where you will see and amazing landscape of Machu Picchu Citadel, it will take you 45 minutes to go down. The time depends of you physical condition. There is also A Temple of Moon, but The track to the temple of the...

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  • Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

    Cusco Things to Do

    It would be very difficult to speak about the Santo Domingo Church and Convent without also speaking about Koricancha as their histories are inextricably intertwined. The Church of Santo Domingo and Convent of today sits on what was once one of the most important temples in the expansive Inca empire --- The Temple of the Sun known in the Inca...

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  • Museos - Museums

    Lima Things to Do

    This museum has to rank alongside the Larco for interest, information and organisation. It is situated in the Bodega y Quadra House located next to the old railway station. A big plus over the Larco - it is FREE! Open: 09.00-17.00 - Tuesday - Sunday The Museo de Sitio Bodega y Quadra exhibits artifacts of the colonial and republican period found...

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  • Ruins

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    The Ruins are astonishing. You can look at pictures all day and never come close to the experience of being there. You can see the cut of the rocks, wonder to yourself "why build here and so far from anywhere", "why make a place so difficult to get to?" I went in the rainy season at the start of their summer. It was nice and cool, this helped with...

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  • Main Square

    Cusco Things to Do

    After 4 days of basing ourselves in Huayllabamba, we returned to Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where our first introduction to this city's historical center was seeing the Plaza de Armas as we were walking through it on our way to lunch at a local restaurant. We found it very inviting with its lovely flowering gardens, criss-crossed walkways,...

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  • San Francisco Church And Convent

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    The church and monastery of Saint Francis were consecrated in 1673 and completed in 1774. The church, built in the Spanish Baroque style, survived earthquakes in 1687 and1746 but was extensively damaged in 1970. The complex was World Heritage listed in 1991 as part of the Historic Centre of Lima. One of the most interesting features of the...

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    We started our trek at km 88 and reached Winay Wayna on the afternoon of the second day, but by the time we hiked down to the ruins we were all so tired we were unable to explore properly and failed to see everything. On the second day i was so tired that i was on my hands and knees several times, and my friend had to help me with carrying my pack!...

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  • Hatunrumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Hatunrumiyoc is located close to Plaza de Nazarenas, not far from Plaza de Armas. It is a narrow pedestrian street, famous for its Inca walls where huge stones are precisely carved to fit together without mud or concrete. You’ll find the masterpiece, a 12-angled stone, about halfway down the street… The Inca stonework was incredible, actually so...

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  • La Catedral - The Cathedral of Lima

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    The Cathedral of Lima is on the tourist trail in Lima. However, what may not be so well known is that within its walls is a tea room and shop, also loos. The tea room is just that - a place where one can have a cuppa. There is an extensive choice, ranging from white tea to decaffeinated Earl Grey. Soft drinks and water are also sold. Cakes as...

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  • Aguas Caliente

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    After a long hike going to Machu Picchu, a lot of travelers go to the Aguas Calientes which is a collection of outdoor thermal pools, believed to have curative powers. I walked to the pools for from town for just about 15-25 minutes, following the main road to right of the Plaza and going uphill. The walk is on a very narrow and busy road, with...

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  • Ollantaytambo

    Cusco Things to Do

    Ollantaytambo is a small town on the Urubamba River. It offers guesthouse style accommodation and has quite a good tourist market. Wh ile famous for its amazing Inca ruins it is also the starting point for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The tourist train to Aguas Calientes leaves from Ollantaytambo

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  • District Of Barranco

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    The Puente de los Suspiros, or Bridge of Sighs - if you can walk across it for the first time, without taking a breath, all your wishes will come true. So the story goes. The Bajada de los Baños is a walkway in Barranco. It runs between the main plaza and the sea and passes many grand houses. At one point it crosses the Bridge of Sighs. In this...

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  • Llamas / Other Animals

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    After taking your best pictures of the citadel, keep climbing the steps until you reach the Agricultural Sector. You´ll find yourself surrounded by llamas of many colors and sizes. I wasn´t attacked but be careful and respect their space... you never know... Usually they don´t mind if you take a few pictures...

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  • San Blas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    San Blas Church was built in the middle of the 16th century, upon an old Inca temple to ‘Illapa’, the god of thunder and lightning. The church was originally built with mud bricks, but after the earthquake in 1950 it was rebuilt with stone walls. San Blas Church looks simple from the outside but the inside is spectacular! The highlight is the...

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  • Plaza Mayor And Surroundings

    Lima Things to Do

    Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) is a place of historical importance as the city of Lima was founded here in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and in 1821, José San Martin proclaimed the Independence of Peru at the same spot... And what’s more natural than to start sightseeing in Lima at the city’s birthplace? That’s what I did...

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  • Temples

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    After walking past the Residential Sector, you´ll reach the District of the Priests and Nobility, where all the temples and palaces are located. The Temple of the Sun, shaped like a "P", will certainly call your attention from almost everywhere in Machu Picchu. It was a temple dedicated to Inti, the Sun God, the most important divinity for the...

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  • The Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    The Cathedral of Cusco is built on the site of ‘Quiswarcancha’, which was an old palace of Inca Wiracocha. The construction of the cathedral began around 1559, and was completed 100 years later! Many of the stones used in the construction, were originally a part of the Saqsayhuaman fortress outside Cusco. Inside the cathedral you’ll find the main...

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  • Around Lima

    Lima Things to Do

    I took this culinary and city tour in Lima 2 months ago and it was espectacular! I took the day tour, on which the guide picked me up from my hotel and then we went to a local coffee shop. After the coffee shop we visited a local market, where I was able to try these amazing peruvian fruits. Later we went to a restaurant called Embarcadero 41,...

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  • Other CITIES

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    Wiñawayna or Forever Young is the name of an important archaeological ruin near Machu Picchu. It’s located on a height of 2.700 metres. Wiñawayna was discovered by Paul Fejos in 1941, and subsequently in 1942 the Peruvian scholar Julio C. Tello baptized the site as "Wiñaywayna" (Forever Young) after the Quechua name of an orchid specie (Epidendrum...

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  • Streets of Cusco

    Cusco Things to Do

    Cusco is a fascinating city and great and easy to explore as all roads lead to (or away from ) the Plaza de Armas. Taxis are cheap - you must negotiate the price beforehand - and plentiful. For a good day out take a taxi to a high point e.g. San Cristobal or San Blas and wander down hill visiting shops and art galleries and museums. There are also...

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  • Plaza San Martin

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    Plaza San Martin is one of the largest and most impressive squares in Lima. It was inaugurated on July 27, 1921 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Peru. The square is named after José de San Martin (1778 to 1850), who was a hero of South American independence, and there is an huge monument with a bronze statue of San...

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  • Scenery

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    It was really amazing to see Machu Picchu in person after seeing it so many times in Travel Magazines. You just can't beleive it until you see it with your very own eyes. It's just so unbelievable to me that the Inka people built this astounding mountaintop city. Which included a Palace, Temples, Observatory...with water fountains, terrace...

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  • Pisac

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Písac is a village located on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. It is a popular place to stop on the way to Ollantaytambo and is famous for its markets which are held each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. There is plenty of Peruvian craft for sale but the local market is fascinating and some lovely fresh fruit can be bought for a few Sol. It...

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  • Pachacamac

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    If you are in the big city and want to go on a short day trip to check out some old ruins then a voyage out to this site (a mere 31kms away from Lima) makes for a decent excursion. There are several old buildings and temples spread throughout a good sized area with a nice little museum to help put things into context. The site overlooks the Pacific...

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  • Sacred City

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    This view here must be one of the most photographed views, giving a general idea of the layout of the town that once stood here, with the Huayna Picchu (young Peak) as a back drop its well worth the one hours climb to the top

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  • Sacred Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    The Sacred Valley is the name given by the Inca to the valley of the Urubamba River. It is generally thought to include the region from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. There are many archaeological sites along the valley and excellent examples of Inca terraces are plentiful.

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  • More Churches And Convents

    Lima Things to Do

    We were walking down the shopping street, ‘Jiron de la Union’ (between Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas), when we noticed the impressive façade of the La Merced church. After we had admired its beauty from outside, we entered the church, but a mass was going on so we just stayed at the back, and didn’t have a closer look at the inside of the...

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  • Main Gate

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    Immediately after passing through the entrance gate and climbing a few steps, you´ll already have the best view of Machu Picchu. Check these wonderful pictures!!! I have pictures taken from Putucusi Peak (in Aguas Calientes) and from Huayna Picchu (the peak next to the citadel that can be seen in this picture), but in my humble opinion this is the...

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  • White Christ

    Cusco Things to Do

    On a hill only a 10-minute walk from Saqsaywaman and overlooking the city of Cusco is the statue known as the "White Christ" or "Cristo Blanco." The towering statue of Christ greatly resembles the "Christ the Redeemer" statue atop the Corcavado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, the impetus for Christo Blanco statue is a far different and...

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  • Buildings In Colonial Style

    Lima Things to Do

    Walking around Central Lima you will see numerous examples of very ornate balconies. Most of them were built during the 17th and 18th century by the Spanish. They were built mainly for ceremoniall purposes and in the colonial style that was popular in Europe and South America at that time. Some of the latter balconies were built as a place to relax...

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  • Sacred Plaza

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    This is one of the 3 temples located at the Sacred Plaza. Historians believe that it was probably of comparatively lesser importance than the Main Temple. Like the name suggests it has 3 big trapeze-shaped windows facing the big yard that separates the 2 big architectural groups of Machu Picchu.

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  • Company of Jesus Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Compania de Jesús is a Jesuit church built in 1571 on the foundations of ‘Amarucancha’, the palace of the last Inca to rule an unconquered empire. The church was almost destroyed by the 1650 earthquake, and the Jesuits decided to rebuild the church and make it the most magnificent of Cusco's churches! The Archbishop of Cusco, Don Alonso Ocon,...

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  • Palacio De Gobierno

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    You will find this building in the main square, Plaza Mayor. The building was renovated in 1937 and has many rooms, courtyards and a garden. Originally the site was a Indian Burial place and the original palace was constructed in 1535, but has been reconstructed/altered/renovated several times. The changing of the guards can be seen at noon each...

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  • Terraces

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    MP is on the peak of a high hill, so the city is surrounded by pretty green terraces. The steep terracing spreading out and down from the city compliments the geometric, angular architecture of the city's trapizoid windows and stately stairs and crisp stone walls. The terraces are useful too: they were filled with fertile soil from the valley for...

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  • Tambomachay

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Tambomachay is commonly referred to as the Inca baths because it was a site for ritual bathing and - maybe - an important centre of worship of water. The bath shows the Incas architectural talents and their huge knowledge of hydraulics. It is constructed with platforms, the top one looks like it was used as seats, the second platform has an...

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  • Congreso de la Republica

    Lima Things to Do

    Also at the old city center of Lima, a few blocks from Plaza de Armas, is the Simon Bolivar Square and the National Congress. The square is closed by gates and fences and you can only take pictures from behind them. In front of the square is the National Museum of the Holy Inquisition (you can see it in the second picture, behind Simon Bolívar´s...

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  • El Intihuatana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    The exact translation of the qechua word "intihuatana" is "for tying the sun", although it is usually translated as "Hitching Post of the Sun". It consisted of a column of stone rising from a block of stone. Historians believe that the incas used to perform ceremonies to tie the sun as the winter solstice approached and the sun seemed to disappear...

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  • Museo Inca - Inca Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    Unsaac Museo Inca (also known as the ‘Archaeological Museum of Cusco’) is housed in an old building from the early 17th century. It first belonged to Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado, and the building is known as ‘the Admiral’s House’. Like much of Cusco, it is built on Inca foundations and is considered one of the most impressive colonial...

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  • Callao

    3 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    We came into Callao, the port for Lima, by ship (photo 5), and made all our excursions to Lima from here by bus. From Lima there is a four hour tour that you can take to the Real Felipe Fort and Navy Museum (photo 3). We didn't have a chance to do either of these things. The Real Felipe was constructed from 1747 as a defense against pirate attacks...

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  • Inti Punku

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    From here you can see the more or less the whole city,from Sacred Plaza on the left to the Eastern urban sector on the right. With a gorgeous tree right in the middle of the whole place. Certainly the highest tree I`ve ever seen.

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  • Boleto Turistico - Touristic Ticket

    Cusco Things to Do

    Seeing the archaeological sites in and around Cusco are enough to keep you busy for several days if not a week or more. However, to see these historic sites, museums, monuments and ruins you are required to have a "Boleto Touristico" -- a tourist ticket -- and there certainly is a lot to see in Cusco and farther afield in the Sacred Valley to make...

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  • Palacio Torre-Tagle

    5 out of 5 stars

    Lima Things to Do

    Palacio Torre Tagle is located a couple of blocks from Plaza de Armas, and is considered one of the best surviving colonial mansion in Lima. The mansion was built in 1735 for Don José Bernardo de Tagle y Bracho, who was the first Marquis of Torre Tagle. Palacio Torre Tagle is famous for its beautiful carved wooden balconies, but the building has a...

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  • The Condor

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    I was told that the Temple of the Condor is a construction that resembled a condor with stretched wings, but I couldn´t see anything like that. The head and beak are supposed to be these rocks on the picture, but I can´t still see anything!!! The incas believed in a world with 3 divinities: the Condor was the God of the Sky, the Puma was the God...

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