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Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Peru

2023 Updated Information about the top 10 best places to visit in Peru with everything you need to know, including how to get there, what to see and what to do on your visit.

There is a complete abundance of amazing places to see while you visit Peru. To make your planning easier we have compiled a list of the top ten places you have to visit while you are traveling around this incredible country. The best way to see all of these amazing sites is to travel using the exclusive hop on hop off bus service, Peru Hop. From unforgettable historical monuments to truly off the beaten track diamonds, this list will help you to decide what are the best, the brilliant, and the top 10 best places in Peru that you simply have to visit!

10) Paracas National Reserve


A little hidden gem of the Peruvian coastline, Paracas boasts a huge nature reserve. You can visit the Islas Ballestas and see sea lions, penguins, and thousands of other birds enjoying themselves on the rocks. You can also take a free and exclusive tour of the Paracas National Reserve only with Peru Hop, where you can see the Red Beach- a gorgeous beach with ruby red sand. Remember, the easiest, fastest and safest way to Paracas is using Peru Hop’s exclusive hop on, hop off bus. Whether you decide to do both of these things or just one, you won’t be left wondering why the beautiful beach town of Paracas made it on to our list of top 10 best places to visit!

9) Hacienda San Jose & The Secret Slave Tunnels

secret slave tunnels of san jose

Of all the the things in our top 10 best places to visit in Peru, this is one that you won’t find in a guide book. Discover all about one of the darker sides of Peruvian history at the Hacienda San Jose, where you can have the chance to explore the secret underground slave tunnels which were used for years to smuggle slaves in and out of the sugar cane plantation.

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8) The Mysterious Nazca Lines


One of the greatest mysteries of Peruvian times, the Nazca Lines. Scientists, historians and conspiracy theorists are all up in arms about the creation of these magnificent lines. We will leave it to you to draw your own conclusions as to how they were created, but even if the flight is out of your budget, take the time to see a few from the Nazca Lines viewing tower. You can watch the sun go down as you drink in this incredible sight with Peru Hop. An exclusive free stop to visit the tower is included with any ticket between Huacachina and Arequipa.

7) Kuelap Fortress: The Machu Picchu of the North

kuelap fortress in chachapoyas

Commonly referred to as the Machu Picchu of the north, the Kuelap Fortress is a pre-Incan ruin nestled in a cloud forest and one of the highlights of Chachapoyas, found in the little visited Northern Peru. This incredible fortress is now easier than ever to visit, since the opening of the Kuelap Cable Cars back in 2017.

6) Colca Canyon- The Second Deepest Canyon on the Planet

condors flying over the colca canyon

The second deepest canyon in the world (after the grand canyon!) Colca Canyon is an amazing place where you can experience the culture of Arequipa, see Condors (one of the largest flying birds in the world), and if you’re up for it, take on a multi day hike down to the bottom of the canyon then back up again. This is a wonderful experience and a really great way to see the natural beauty of Peru close up. You can easily access Arequipa from anywhere on Peru Hop’s exclusive hop on hop off bus at a great price. Find the perfect ticket for you!

5) The Unforgettable Laguna 69

laguna 69 in huaraz

High in the mountains of Huaraz lies a little known Peruvian secret. Laguna 69 is becoming more and more popular with travelers thanks to its unbelievable blue color. It is strongly advised to take a tour to Laguna 69, as guides carry oxygen tanks to help you deal with the high altitudes. You will also find that more often than not, it is actually cheaper to use a tour thanks to the indirect bus routes, expensive taxi driver, and cheap tour operators. No wonder this is considered to be one of the top 10 best places to visit in Peru!

4) Rainbow Mountain


Quickly becoming almost as popular as Machu Picchu, the Rainbow Mountain is second on the list of the many must see places in Cusco. These incredible 7 colors were revealed only a few years ago, as a glacier melted and exposed the rocks. These incredible colors appear due to a reaction with the oxygen in the air.

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3) Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of Uros

lake titicaca from above

The Floating Islands of Uros are an amazing feat of humanity and totally unique, not only to Peru but also to Lake Titicaca. Find out everything there is to know about these incredible floating islands, from why people created the islands, to how they did so. You can also explore the other islands of Lake Titicaca, and even have an exclusive chance for a homestay on them, only with Peru Hop. Peru Hop is the best way to get to and from Lake Titicaca with comfort, style and security.

2) Huacachina Desert Oasis

Check out the only natural desert oasis in Peru, surrounded by the largest sand dunes in South America. Learn about the incredible legends of this oasis and take on some of the best adrenaline sport in Peru: sandboarding and dune buggying. Make the most of this gorgeous desert and watch the sun as it sets over the dunes. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. You can enjoy this journey easily and simply using Peru Hop’s exclusive hop on hop off bus service, which takes you right to the heart of Huacachina- unlike all other bus companies which only go as far as Ica.

1) Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas

The shining diamond of Peru’s attractions and one of the most unforgettably beautiful places on the planet, Machu Picchu is on every world traveler’s bucket list. This incredible sight is accessible through the city of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. Use Peru Hop’s comfortable luxury bus to get to Cusco from anywhere in the South of Peru, then choose how you want to get to Machu Picchu; whether it is by bus, trek, or train!

Peru is a beautiful country, with more than a lifetime of things to see. Start with these top 10 best places to visit in Peru to get a taste of the typical Peruvian life. From the desert of the south to the highlands of the north, this list has everything that you need to make the most of your time in the country!