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Stunning Things to See in Peru that Aren’t Machu Picchu.

Although Machu Picchu might get all the devotion, Peru is packed with lots of other magnificent remains and pure marvels that are more than worthy of a tour. Besides the Inca remains, Peru also possesses various pre-Incan societies that have left their mark on the terrain and lifestyle. The nation is also one of the most varied in the world, with beaches and scorched deserts that extend to the Amazon jungle and the Andes Mountains. Booking flights to Peru and visiting these stunning places in the country that aren’t Machu Picchu is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. Travel Center offers the best deals for all your holidays!

1. Salkantay.

Basically, to even get a look at this apu (sacred peak) you have to hike for a few days, so it’s not for the easily intimidated. It is one of the highest peaks in Peru, so to get up close you need some severe altitude hiking, but it would be worth it. The sights of and from this peak are marvelous; it was respected by the Incas for a purpose.

The way on Salkantay trek, Peru

2. Choquequira.

This is thought to be Machu Picchu 1B. It has the same structure to Machu Picchu and rests on a summit of a peak with spectacular sights of the gorge. Though Machu Picchu has become quite simple to tour, Choquequira surely hasn’t. It is a difficult trek to the summit and the climb during elevation could be extreme, but the privacy and the setting more than makeup for the trouble in arriving there.

The skyline and main square of Cusco (Plaza de Armas), nicknamed “the navel of the world” with its cathedral and traditional colonial architecture seen from Sacsayhuaman, Peru.

3. Sacsayhuamán.

The strange remains that look above Cusco are a production wonder to see. With few stones that weigh an overwhelming 300 tons, it is tough to think how the Incas were able to transfer these stones various miles, let alone fit them all together so flawlessly. This strange fort and its spiritual lands are a must-see when on holiday in Cusco.

4. Lima’s Plaza de Armas.

The Spanish built Lima as their home and left their structural mark on the region, which is obvious when you walk across Lima’s Plaza de Armas. The royal church and the president’s fortress are just a few of the splendid structures you could view here.

5. Ollantaytambo Ruins.

These remains are resting upon a mountainside that looks above the tiny Inca settlement of Ollantaytambo. The remains are a portion of a temple and military stronghold, and it was here that the Incas triumphs one of very few fights against the Spanish attackers.

Peru, Ollantaytambo, Pinkulluna Inca ruins in the sacred valley in the Peruvian Andes.

6. Amazon Forest.

What else is there to mention apart from that it is the Amazon forest, the location you were perhaps enchanted by as a little child. Visit the Peruvian Amazon and view the world afresh with child-eyed marvel.

sunset over the trees in the brazilian rainforest of Amazonas

7. Lake Titicaca.

Lake Titicaca is the place of birth of the Incas and residence to the Uros clan, who call the tallest maneuverable lake in the world home. The Uros still exist in most of their customary habits, which consists of staying on moving islands created out of canes.

Uros island in Lake Titicaca, Peru

8. Cusco’s Plaza de Armas.

Portion Inca-constructed and a portion colonial construction, the structures here are like nowhere else in the world. It’s an exceptional site where you could adore the stunning convergence of the Spanish and Andean customs of life.

Plaza armas in cusco 

9. Rainbow Mountain.

It is not an inaccurate term: this peak is indeed rainbow-shaded. While there aren’t any shiny greens or yellows, there is a noticeable lined design that comes together to the remarkable visual effect. Not just is Rainbow Mountain worth the ascent, you’ll also get a close glance at the APU (sacred mountain) Ausangate.

Vinicunca, Cusco Region, Peru. Montana de Siete Colores, or Rainbow Mountain.

10. Chan Chan.

The biggest brick metropolis in the world was at one point a busy metropolis outside current-day Trujillo. In its era, prior to the Inca takeover of Peru, it was the biggest metropolis in the Americas.

Small statues at the onsite Museum of Chan Chan of the adobe city of Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimú civilization.

11. Moras and Moray.

Situated in the Sacred Valley outside Urambamba and a brief trip from Ollantaytambo, you could do these two Inca locations in one tour because they’re next to each other. Moray is a magnificent achievement of farming inventiveness, with almost 100 huge promenades that ascend and descend in altitude and which were utilized as sites for crop research. The Incas were magnificent at farming sufficient food to support their huge kingdom, and this is where they improved their skills. At Moras, you could view extraordinary salt flats that provide tourists with amazing splendor – and lots of keepsake salt.

Moras Moray panorama

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