The North Coast and Northern Highlands Travel Guide
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The North Coast and Northern Highlands are some of the least traveled but most diverse areas of Peru. There are beaches, mountains, green fertile valleys, dry desert, and tremendous archaeological sites and museums. The region also has the least developed tourism industry and travel often requires time and patience.
Fodor's local writers visit every hotel we recommend. Look for our discerning Fodor's Choice picks or search by price and location.
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Things To Do in The North Coast and Northern Highlands
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
- $177 -- Peru: Lima 4-Star Hotel w/Breakfast, 35% Off Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
- $1849 & up -- Machu Picchu: 8-Nt. Trek w/Inca Trail Hiking LatinEscapes.com
- $1709 & up -- Peru 6-Nts. w/Machu Picchu, Lima & Cusco Tours — $1,709 LatinEscapes.com
The Ancient World. Along the coast, Chavín, Moche, and Chimú ruins date as far back as 3,000 BC. In the highlands are Wari sites... Read more
The coast serves mostly fresh seafood, often cold—a refreshing meal on a hot day. The highlander diet consists of root vegetables, like... Read more
While much smaller than the Cordillera Blanca, the main chain of the Cordillera Huayhuash is known for its isolation and pristine environment... Read more
If seeing the important archaeological sites, ruins and museums are your main priority, start your journey in Trujillo and the important Moche... Read more
Condor Travel and Guía Tours both organize tours to the ruins around Trujillo. Clara Bravo and Michael White are great guides for Trujillo... Read more
Túcume. In Túcume, 35 km (21 miles) north of Chiclayo, you can see an immense pyramid complex, including Huaca Larga, one of the... Read more
You've heard of Lake Como (thanks to George's exploits), but halfway between Milan and Venice lies Italy's... Read more
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On the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, sun-drenched Los Cabos draws in everyone from honeymooners and... Read more
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