The North Coast and Northern Highlands

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  • 1. Chan Chan

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    With its strange, honeycomb-like walls and labyrinth of wavelike parapets, this sprawling ancient capital is the largest adobe city in the world...Read More

  • 2. Chavín de Huántar

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Indiana Jones would feel right at home in these fascinating ruins, which feature an underground labyrinth of stone corridors and a terrifying...Read More

  • 3. Gocta Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Surprisingly, Gocta, a 771-meter (2,529-foot) waterfall, believed to be the third tallest in the world, wasn't brought to the attention of the...Read More

  • 4. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Stark and strange beneath the ash-gray hill that towers over them, these astonishing Moche pyramids were the scenes of bloody human sacrifices...Read More

  • 5. Karajía

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Discovered in 1985, the six coffins that make up this uncanny funeral site 48 km (30 miles) northwest of Chachapoyas overlook a ruined village...Read More

  • 6. Kuélap

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Consistently compared to Machu Picchu by visitors, this extraordinary citadel high in the cloud forests of Chachapoyas was a walled city sufficient...Read More

  • 7. Lagunas de Llanganuco

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Make sure your camera memory card is empty when you go to see these spectacular glaciers, gorges, lakes, and mountains. Driving through a giant...Read More

  • 8. Museo Nacional Tumbas Reales de Sipán


    This striking pyramidal complex, which ranks among the country's best museums, displays the real artifacts from the tomb of the Lord of Sipán...Read More

  • 9. Parque Nacional Huascarán (Huascarán National Park)

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Laguna Llanganuco is one of the gateways to the Parque Nacional Huascarán, which covers 3,400 square km (1,300 square miles) and was created...Read More

  • 10. Túcume

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Head 35 km (22 miles) north of Chiclayo to can see an immense pyramid complex, including Huaca Larga, one of the largest adobe pyramids in South...Read More

  • 11. Baños del Inca

    Bath/Hot Spring

    About 6 km (4 miles) east of Cajamarca are these pleasant hot springs offering several public pools and private baths with varying levels of...Read More

  • 12. Casa de la Emancipación


    This branch of Banco Continental is unlike any bank you've ever been in. Go through the central courtyard and up to the small art gallery on...Read More

  • 13. Casa del Mayorazgo de Facala


    The open courtyard, from 1709, is surrounded by beautiful cedar columns, greenery . . . and bankers: as with many colonial mansions in Peru...Read More

  • 14. Casa Urquiaga


    The enormous, elaborately carved wooden door is a stunning entrance to this beautifully restored neoclassical mansion from the early 19th century...Read More

  • 15. Catedral de Cajamarca

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally known as the Iglesia de Españoles (Spanish Church, because only Spanish colonialists were allowed to attend services), this cathedral...Read More

  • 16. Catedral de Piura

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the city's main square, the cathedral, built in 1588, is one of the country's oldest churches and is worth a visit. Inside you'll find an...Read More

  • 17. Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The enormous Chiclayo cathedral, dating back to 1869, is worth a look for its neoclassical facade on the Plaza de Armas, and its well-maintained...Read More

  • 18. Cerro Santa Apolonia

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At the end of Calle 2 de Mayo steps lead to this hilltop mirador, or scenic lookout, where a bird's-eye view of the city awaits. At the top...Read More

  • 19. Chan Chan's Museo del Sitio

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Begin your archaeological exploration at this small but thorough museum, which has displays of ceramics and textiles from the Chimú Empire....Read More

  • 20. Chaparrí Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Getting to the Chaparri Reserve on your own can be difficult—it's 75 km (47 miles) northeast of Chiclayo, a little more than an hour's journey...Read More

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