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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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...

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...

Cumbe Mayo

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This pre-Inca site, 23 km (14 miles) southwest of Cajamarca, is surrounded by a large rock outcropping, where you'll find various petroglyphs...

El Brujo

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

About 6 km (4 miles) from town lie the three huacas of El Brujo: La Huaca Prieta, Huaca Vieja, and Huaca Rajada. The Huaca Vieja in...

El Conjunto de Belén

  • Museum/Gallery

Built in the 17th century, this large complex, originally a hospital, now houses the city's most interesting museums and a colonial church.

El Cuarto del Rescate

  • Historic District/Site

This ransom chamber is the only Inca building still standing in Cajamarca. After Pizarro and his men captured Atahualpa, the Inca king...

El Santuario de Huanchaco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Although people come to Huanchaco for the beach, one of Peru's oldest churches, El Santuario de Huanchaco, on a hill overlooking the...

Glaciar Pastoruri

  • Geological Site

A popular day trip from Huaraz is a visit to the Pastoruri Glacier, where you can hike around the 0.9-square-km (0.3-square-mile) glacier.

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...

Huaca Arco Iris

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Filled with intriguing symbolic carvings, and with an urban backdrop, is the restored Huaca Arco Iris, or Rainbow Pyramid. Named for...


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