Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

The North Coast and Northern Highlands Travel Guide

  • Photo: Chris Howey / Shutterstock

Plan Your North Coast and Northern Highlands Vacation

Once passed up for the south, the north coast and northern highlands are increasingly becoming some of Peru's most sought after destinations for a variety of travelers. There are beaches, mountains, green fertile valleys, dry desert, and tremendous archaeological sites and museums. Aside from the coast, where getting up and down the Pan-American Highway is quick and buses are frequent,

travel elsewhere in the region often requires time and patience.

Read More

Top Reasons To Go

  1. 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, and Kuélap, a stunning complex built by the Chachapoyans a thousand years before Machu Picchu.
  2. Superb Eating The north has undeniably one of Peru's most exciting regional cuisines. Abundant shellfish and extensive pre-Colombian influences make for some of Peru's favorite dishes, such as arroz con pato and ceviche de conchas negras.
  3. Outdoor Adventure The highlands provide plenty of trekking, climbing, and rafting, especially around Huaraz, home of the highest mountains outside of the Himalayas.
  4. Colonial Architecture Trujillo, on the coast, and Cajamarca in the highlands are two of the best places for colonial architecture.
  5. Beaches. The far northern coast offers year-round sun, white-sand beaches, and a relaxed, tropical atmosphere.

When To Go

When To Go

The weather along the north coast is always pleasant, although it's sunnier from November to May. The northern highlands weather is more capricious—ra...

Read More

Check historic weather for your trip dates:

Travel Tips

The North Coast and Northern Highlands Travel Tips

See All



Trip Finder

Fodor's Peru

View Details
Travel Phrases

Learn Spanish Phrases before or while you're on the go!

Download Now
Travel Deals