The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca

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  • 1. Amantani Island


    This island has a small set of pre-Inca ruins that are a highlight of a visit here, along with the experience of the traditional life of its...Read More

  • 2. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can't miss the imposing twin bell towers of this 1612 cathedral, with a facade guarding the entire eastern flank of the Plaza de Armas....Read More

  • 3. Colca Canyon


    Flying overhead, you can't miss the green, fertile trough as it cuts through the barren terrain, but it's all an illusion; only scrub brush...Read More

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  • 4. Cotahuasi Canyon


    Colca Canyon may be the region's most famous natural attraction, but at 3,354 meters (11,001 feet), Cotahuasi is the world's deepest gorge,...Read More

  • 5. Cruz del Condor


    Cruz del Condor is a haunt for the giant birds, particularly at dawn, when they soar on the thermal currents rising from the deep valley. At...Read More

  • 6. Islas Los Uros


    Known as the floating islands, Islas los Uros are man-made islands woven together with totora reeds that grow in the lake shallows. Replenished...Read More

  • 7. La Casa del Corregidor


    Reconstructed more than five times, this 17th-century colonial building, once a chaplaincy, is now a brightly colored cultural center. It was...Read More

  • 8. Monasterio de Santa Catalina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A city unto itself, this 5-acre complex of mud-brick, Iberian-style buildings—a working convent and one of Peru's most famed cultural treasures...Read More

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  • 9. Museo Santuarios Andinos


    Referred to as the Juanita Museum, this fascinating little museum at the Universidad Católica Santa Maria holds the frozen bodies of four young...Read More

  • 10. Taquile Island


    East of Puno in the high-altitude sunshine, Taquile's brown dusty landscape contrasts with green terraces, bright flowers, and the surrounding...Read More

  • 11. Anapia and Yuspique Island


    In the Winaymarka section of Lake Titicaca, near the Bolivian border, are the Aymara-language islands of Anapia and Yuspique. This off-the-beaten...Read More

  • 12. Casa del Moral


    One of the oldest architectural landmarks from the Arequipa baroque period was named for the ancient mora tree (mulberry tree) growing in...Read More

  • 13. Casa Goyeneche


    This attractive Spanish-colonial home was built in 1888. Ask the guard for a tour, and you'll enter through a pretty courtyard and an ornate...Read More

  • 14. Casa Tristan del Pozo


    This small museum and art gallery, sometimes called Casa Ricketts, was built in 1738 and is now the Banco Continental. Look for the elaborate...Read More

  • 15. Casona Iriberry


    Unlike the other mansions, Casona Iriberry has religious overtones. Small scriptures are etched into its structure, exemplifying Arequipa's...Read More

  • 16. Cataratas de Sipia


    Below the village of Cotahuasi is the valley of Piro, the gateway to the canyon, which is close to this 150-meter (492-foot), three-tiered 10...Read More

  • 17. Catedral

    Historic District/Site

    Etchings of flowers, fruits, and mermaids playing an Andean guitar called the charango grace the entrance of the Spanish baroque-style church...Read More

  • 18. Cerrito de Huajsapata


    A statue honoring Manco Cápac, the first governor and founder of the Inca Empire, sits on this hill overlooking Puno. Legend has it that there...Read More

  • 19. Chaqchao Chocolate Factory


    Educate your passion for chocolate at this store and workshop where you learn how it gets from bean to bar by making tasty treats from fair...Read More

  • 20. Conde de Lemos Balcony

    Historic District/Site

    An intricately carved wooden balcony marks the home where Viceroy Conde de Lemos stayed when he arrived in Puno to counter rebellion around...Read More

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