When people think of the ancient cities that are to be found in Peru, most people will think of the amazing hilltop cities and temples such as Machu Picchu. However, the city of Chan Chan is located near the popular coastal city of Trujillo, and is situated on a large site that played an important role in the civilization of the region up until the city was conquered by the Inca Empire in the fifteenth century.
It is no surprise that the Peruvian capital is home to the largest number of museums in the country, and with such an interesting and diverse history from before and after the arrival of the Spanish colonial forces, there are some great museums to visit in the city.
The city of Iquitos is one which has been chopped from the thick jungle of the Amazon, and when it comes to exploring the Peruvian Amazon this is the base from where many people will begin their adventure. The Belen Market is a floating market near the river which is the lifeblood of the city, and people come from communities along the river in order to trade and to sell their wares at the market.
It’s true, there are pyramids in Peru. This historic site is located near the city of Trujillo in the Moche Valley, and is widely considered to be one of the most impressive surviving sites of the Moche culture.
With a mind-boggling number of bars, night clubs, casinos and live music venues, the nightlife in Lima is nothing if not varied, and whether you’re looking to chill out in an American-style bar, show off your dance moves at a salsa club or sample Peru’s National cocktail, the Pisco Sour, there are plenty of ways to while away the evening hours in the Peruvian capital.
With its whitewashed colonial architecture and the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon on its doorstep, the White City of Arequipa has plenty to offer visitors, and the UNESCO-listed city is also a top place to pick up some souvenirs. There’s a long history of traditional handicrafts in Arequipa and the city’s markets and souvenir stores are crammed with unique finds, most notably an array of goods crafted from super-soft alpaca wool. In fact, the region’s top quality, hand-shorn wools and vibrant weaving patterns are so famous, the city has a reputation for being the ‘World Capital of the Alpaca’, and you’ll see huge herds of the indigenous camelids roaming the highlands around the city.