The North Coast and Northern Highlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Coast and Northern Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Trujillo 15

Cajamarca 9

Huaraz 7

Chachapoyas 6

Huanchaco 4

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Lagunas de Llanganuco 2

Piura 2

Ferreñafe 2

Lambayeque 2

Casma 2

Magdalena de Cao 1

Kuelap 1

Monterrey 1

Chavin de Huantar 1

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Museum/ Gallery 11

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Plaza de Armas

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Brightly colored, well-maintained buildings and green grass with walkways and benches make this one of the most charming central plazas.

Plaza de Armas

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Every few years, as a new mayor is elected, the town gets an updated Plaza de Armas and thanks to a recent mayor, who removed a gigantic,...

Pozo de Yanayacu

This small, rocky natural hot spring a few blocks west of the Plaza de Armas isn't much, but is nice to look at. It's said the spring...

Puerto Pizarro

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

This small fishing port, 14 km (9 miles) north of Tumbes on the way to the Ecuadorean border, sits near the point where the Rio Tumbes...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

About 35 km (22 miles) southeast of Chachapoyas are the ruins of Purunllacta, a good place for hiking. With pre-Inca agricultural terraces,...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The origins of Sechín, one of the country's oldest archaeological sites dating from around 1600 BC, remain a mystery. It's not clear...

Tumba del Señor de Sipán

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The road to the archaeological site, discovered by renowned archaeologist Walter Alva in 1987, is not far from the town of Sipán, and...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Here, 35 km (22 miles) north of Chiclayo, you can see an immense pyramid complex, including Huaca Larga, one of the largest adobe pyramids...

Ventanillas de Otuzco

  • Cemetery

One of the oldest cemeteries in Peru, the Ventanillas de Otuzco dates back more than 3,500 years. The ancient necropolis, 8 km (5 miles)...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Some 8 km (5 miles) north of Huaraz, this small archaeological site contains a Wari temple, dating back to AD 1100, which resembles the...


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