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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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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