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Cusco, Peru
This is another Incan site outside of Cusco, known for its canals, waterfalls and aquaducts. The water from this fountain is as clean and delicious as you could ask for.
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The Salinas are salt evaporation ponds found in Maras, a small town in Peru's Sacred Valley. The marvel is formed of hundreds of salt pans utilized for extraction since the time of the Incas. Despite the blasted, omnipresent steps and relentless...
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Cusco, Peru
I really felt the high altitude here and had to stop few feet and catch my breath but you'll get the best view of Cusco if you climb up and over the actual ruins. The ruins themselves date to the 1400's and are called "Sexy Woman Ruins" by most...
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Maras, Peru
This splendid Inca site, which was used for both agricultural and ceremonial purposes, is an incredible introduction to the offerings of The Sacred Valley. The terraced bowl-like ruins were believed to be used in studying varying climates and how...
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Calle Carmen Alto 227, Cusco 08000, Peru
This store is just a little ways off the main street of the San Blas arts district in Cusco, but definitely worth the diversion. Inside, funky, modern jewelry and handbags are mixed with neatly hung vintage dresses, shirts, and jackets. The walls...
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Miraflores, Peru
Many visitors to Peru stay in Miraflores, and for good reason: The neighborhood is where you’ll find most of the better hotels, as well as the top restaurants. Get off main streets to stroll the pretty side streets. Down by the...
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
We got to play with water on our last day in Peru. This is a public park in Lima that from Wednesdays to Sundays put on a fountain show. There are a total of 13 different water fountains for the people to enjoy and to participate in if desired....
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Jirón de la Unión 224, Cercado de Lima Lima 1, Peru
You need to make an appointment to visit, but cannot leave Lima without seeing this stunning historic home near Lima's main square. What is most astonishing is that the home has been in the same family since 1535, when Francisco Pizarro founded...
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Antigua Panamericana Sur 31.5, Lurín LIMA 16, Peru
The hills and coast around Lima can seem almost lunar--the climate is arid, despite the 'garúa,' the low-lying but rain-less clouds that hang around this part of Perú for about half the year. But the desert is archaeologically rich. Lima itself is...
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Av. Los Conquistadores, San Isidro 15073, Peru
The main commercial drag of San Isidro is full of luxury stores with an emphasis on South American and Spanish brands. From Andean-inspired wool and felt purses at Meche Correa to high-end women’s clothing and leather accessories at Boutique...
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Jirón Carabaya, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Starting at the Plaza de Armas, walk northwest on Conde de Superunda to Camaná. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo lies on the corner. Don’t let the pretty pastel décor fool you: this Lima church houses (and displays) the skulls of San Martín and Santa...
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Calle La Republica, San Isidro Lima 27, Peru
One of the most beautiful parks in Lima, El Olivar is smack in the middle of San Isidro, where tourists and locals mingle to enjoy its scenery and activities. The story goes that in 1560, hundreds of olive saplings were imported from Spain, but...
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Piso 2, Jirón Callao 125, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Plaza Mayor is the heart of old town Lima and it provides a number of beautiful buildings to visit. The Cathedral (pictured) and Museum of Arts and Treasures can significantly enhance a visitors understanding of the history of the ancient “City of...
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Surquillo 15047, Peru
Just a few blocks from the hotel, the Surquillo Market bustles with daily life, as locals shop the stands for their fresh groceries. You’ll find stalls selling a bounty of seafood, vegetables, fruits, meat, herbs, and many surprising and...
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Jirón Lampa, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru
Central Lima's Church of San Francisco is a must-see destination. The church and attached convent grounds provide enough material for hours of exploring. It is architecturally stunning and I recommend visiting earlier in the day when the grounds...
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Plazoleta Nazarenas 223, Cusco 08000, Peru
Like its nearby sister, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a hotel with ancient roots: the onetime private residence-turned-convent—and now turned hotel—has original Inca walls and colonial-era frescoes.

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Calle Garcilaso 210, Cusco 08000, Peru
"Making chocolate where cacao grows," is the tagline of ChocoMuseo, which has locations in cacao-producing countries like Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Located two blocks from the central square, the Cusco outpost is more...
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Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru
There's no shortage of Inca ruins in the region—after all, that's probably why you're here—but if your schedule in Cusco only permits a visit to one, head to Qorikancha. Once the richest temple in the Inca Empire—in its heyday it was covered in...
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Av. Pardo Paseo de los Héroes 769-B, Cusco 08000, Peru
The Inca were avid stargazers and astronomers; they identified and named not only “light” constellations but dark ones as well—that is, ones formed from the dark portions of the Milky Way. They also laid out some of Cusco's central streets to...
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PLAZA MAYOR, CENTRO DE, Cusco 08000, Peru
The flags of both Peru and the Inca empire fly above the Plaza de Armas, Cusco's central square and busy hub of activity. Come during the day to visit sites like the 16th-century cathedral (built using stones from the Sacsaywamán site, and housing...
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Cascaparo s/n, Mercado Central de San Pedro, Cascaparo, Cusco 08000, Peru
Street food, handicrafts, jewelry, pottery, spices and more fill the stalls of the vast Mercado Central de San Pedro (San Pedro market), where you can get a colorful taste of local life. After picking up souvenirs, chat with some of the artists to...
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Av. la Paz 463, Miraflores 15074, Peru
When it opened in 1996, the Belmond Miraflores Park was the first hotel in Lima to take advantage of the city’s Pacific Ocean views. Set along the Miraflores malecón, the 82-room property offers some of the most privileged panoramas...
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Barranco District, Peru
A former seaside village, the Barranco neighborhood has long been called Lima’s artistic and bohemian heart—and, these days, its hipster hub as well. Get a feel for the area just five minutes from the Belmond Miraflores Park with a private art...
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Lima District 15001, Peru
Travel back in time with a visit to the historic center of Lima, which boasts stellar examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Start at the central Plaza de Armas (also called the Plaza Mayor), site of the 17th-century baroque cathedral and the...