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Museo Nacional Afroperuano

Museo Nacional Afroperuano (Jr. Ancash 542, Centro, Lima) – housed within the 18th century Casa de las Trece Monedas mansion, is this museum that covers the history of Afro-Peruvians, who were first brought into the country as slaves during the Spanish colonial period. Key points of the exhibitions are work, torture and punishments, activities, food, […]

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) — Machu Picchu, a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, is one of the best examples of Inca architecture. Built in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, the city appears to have been sculpted from the rocky slopes. Besides offering visitors a spectacular landscape, the site also exhibits biological diversity […]

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Kúelap

Kúelap (72 km. from Chachapoyas / Amazon Dept.) – this fortress was built by another pre-Inca civilization, the Chachapoyas people, which existed between 800 AD and 1470 AD. The fortress is protected by walls as high as 66 meters. Despite this, the Incas still managed to conquer them. Visitors at this site will take note […]

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Government Palace

Government Palace (Plaza Mayor, Lima) — this Spanish colonial building was once the residence of conquistador Francisco Pizarro (1535).  The land used to build this palace previously belonged to Inca ruler Taulichusco (chief of the Rimac valley).  Since Pizarro’s time, various rulers resided here, with renovations being made after a fire damaged portions of the […]

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Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar (Chavín de Huantar, Áncash) — located 110 km southeast of the town of Huaraz, this site is even older than the Inca Empire. Its main temple was built in 1,400 BC. Revered by locals for the oracle-like powers that its priests were said to have, they would seek their counsel and make […]

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Chan Chan

Chan Chan (Huanchaco, Trujillo) – located just 10 minutes from the regional Peruvian city of Trujillo, this is one of the country’s significant archeological sites. This site was once the capital of the Chimú kingdom (which existed along Peru’s north coast from appx. 1100 AD, before being conquered by the Incas around 1470 AD). Upon […]

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Caral

Caral (km 184, Panamericana Norte highway, Barranca Province) – this is the Sacred City of Caral, the reputed origin of pre-Columbian Andean culture. As the most ancient of civilizations that thrived in the Americas, this area’s historic roots go back over 5,000 years. The Caral complex contains a variety of structures, in particular the six […]

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About Perú

Tourists visiting Peru think firstly of the country’s ancient indigenous civilization – the Inca Empire that goes back to the 13th century. That pre-Columbian empire, during its height, covered not only Peru, but parts of Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia (centered on the Andean Mountain regions of these countries). Inca rule over these lands came […]