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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. 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 particular...Read More

  • 10. 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 the unusual...Read More

  • 11. Huaca Esmeralda

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Much like the other Chimú pyramids, the most interesting aspects of the ruins are the carved friezes, unrestored and in their original state...Read More

  • 12. Pañamarca

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Several ruins can be found near the town of Casma, but the heavily weathered Mochica city of Pañamarca is the one to see after Sechín (below...Read More

  • 13. Paramonga

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    With its seven defensive walls, the gigantic pyramid at Paramonga is worth a look. Nicknamed "the fortress" for its citadel-like walls, it may...Read More

  • 14. Purunllacta

    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,...Read More

  • 15. Sechín

    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 what culture...Read More

  • 16. 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 winds...Read More

  • 17. Wilcahuaín

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

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