Top 5 Unforgettable Cities in Peru and why you NEED to visit!

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Cities in Peru #1 – Lima

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Lima - Larcomar shopping center

Of all the cities in Peru, Lima probably has the most eclectic mix of food and architecture. Lima is the capital of Peru, and tourists fall in love with this city. Lima Jorge Chavez international airport receives the bulk of visitors. The overland travelers are likely to pass this city at some point.

Lima, with its many churches, monasteries, and mansions are one of the bygone eras. Museums are offering great works of art. You can take a free Barranco walking tour to discover the cultural heritage of Lima.

For shopaholics, you can visit the Larcomar shopping center, which offers a scenic view of the ocean. It has a wide variety of Peruvian food places, and you can shop many global brands from this mall at your convenience. 

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Lima - Larcomar shopping center

Your visit wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the catacombs in the Catedral de Lima. The monastery basement work reveals the artistic circular pattern of larger bones (the remains of Limenos who died there and their bodies decomposed down to bones). The tour will reveal what actually happened to them. The pattern of the bones is eye-catching to visitors.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Lima - Tour of the Catacombs in Lima

You can use Lima Mirabus services to explore the city further. You can enjoy it through Lima in the air conditioning and comfortable buses. Choose the daytime tour to enjoy yourself with Lima city sightseeing.

Cities in Peru #2 – Cusco

Cusco is one of the most culturally rich cities in Peru. It is a mesmerising fusion of Inca and colonial engineering, and you can lost hours just wandering around it’s labyrinth of alleys. This city is simply breathtaking for its wealth of heritage and historical sites.

Most of the people ask, “Is Cusco Peru safe?” The answer is yes, this city is entirely safe to travel but prefer wandering around in the city in the daytime.

Cusco, Peru’s climate is favorable from May to September to travel. You can take Machu Picchu hiking tours and Inca trail tours as it is the must-see if you are in Peru.

The Inca trail jungle treks are also the best alternative trail to Machu Picchu. This trail is full of adventure, adrenaline.

You can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rafting, etc at this fantastic place.

Consider taking a Cusco to Ollantaytambo tour, the small village in the south of Peru. Sacred valley Ollantaytambo is set on the snow-capped mountains and Urubamba River. It is also known for the Ollantaytambo ruins.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Cusco, Ollantaytambo Ruins

You can visit Saqsayhuaman, which was once thought to be a military base of the Inca, but was later thought more likely to have been a ceremonial site. The whole structure is a feat of engineering. They consider that it will remain in Peru forever as due to it’s remarkable construction it is effectively earthquake-proof.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Cusco, Saqsayhuaman doorway

If you are in Cusco, note to visit Pisac ruins, Qenko ruins, and Chinchero ruins. These all places are near Cusco and worth a shot if you are into the heritage and cultural things.

Maras salt mines are also set in the sacred valley. You can see the dizzying array of white irregular rectangles. This source of salt is a warm salty spring at the head of the valley.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Cusco, Salineras, Salt Mines

The Cusco Cathedral is also known as Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin.

It is the mother church of Roman catholic of Cusco.

Don’t forget to visit this church in the Cusco main square. Tours are available for 15 soles in English and Spanish.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Cusco Cathedral

Cities in Peru #3 – Arequipa

Arequipa is the second-largest of all cities in Peru and one of the most visited destinations. The Arequipa weather ranges from cool during winter to quite hot during summer, but can get very hot further out in the deserts and canyons.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Areqiupa - Volcanoes in Arequipa

Now the question is, “What to do in Arequipa?” Well, there are many things to do in Arequipa. For example, you can visit the famous volcanoes, embark on a Campina tour around the city, and enjoy the colonial style buildings’ white volcanic rock finish. Arequipa is also the culinary capital of Peru, so be sure to try some of the local cuisine!

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Areqiupa - What to do in Arequipa

Arequipa’s Colca Canyon offers a dramatic landscape view. You can enjoy trekking and rafting at this point. To the answer of how deep is Colca canyon? It is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

Visit the Colca Canyon condors, which are one of the largest groups of flying birds in the world.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Areqiupa - colca canyon condors

With all these beautiful places, Arequipa is definitely worth visiting. 

Cities in Peru #4 – Ica

Ica is in southern Peru and is one of the lesser known cities in Peru on our list. This place is popular for it’s excellent museums and The Nazca desert surrounding Ica is famous for its Nazca lines.

See the Nazca lines from Ica, as it allows visitors to save up to 5 hours of travel. Nazca Lines flights are the best and way to see the famous petroglyphs. Flights last approx 45 mins and can be booked here!

Huacachina Ica, Peru, is a desert oasis and tiny village in southwestern Peru. Huacachina sandboarding will be the best thing you can do in this city at the Huacachina oasis.

It is the production house for pisco. Pisco Huacachina is a well-known brand of red wine. Therefore, you can give this place a visit.

Your next stop can be Ballestas islands, which are near to the town of Paracas. It is almost 3 hours south of Lima. This place is famous for its beaches. You can look for Paracas vacation packages to enjoy yourself more in the city.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Paracas

Cities in Peru #5 – Iquitos

Of all the cities in Peru, Iquitos is one of the most unique! It is famous for being the world’s largest city that is not reachable by road. Now the question is, why go to Iquitos? The answer is, why not? You have many reasons to visit. The city is enriched with river cruises for both low key and luxurious varieties. Jungle lodges, rainforest excursions, unique culture and Ayahuasca tours have promoted tourism in Iquitos.

How to get to Iquitos? You can travel by air only. You can only count on the small and busy international airport called Coronel FAP Francisco Secada.

Some people question, “is Iquitos safe?” It is important to know that pickpockets and petty crimes can happen in Iquitos, so you just need to be a little more careful if you are travelling in this city.

Ayahuasca in Iquitos has exploded in the city, and it offers a myriad of Ayahuasca healing centers. Prices vary from 60$ to 3K$, depending on your package.  

Amazon experiences and Iquitos tours are valued among thousands of tourists. You can explore the Amazon wildlife securely and authentically. You can experience amazing sunsets with dolphins, in your lodge and much more.

Top 5 Cities in Peru - Iquitos Amazon

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