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Part of what makes the ruins of Tambo Colorado so worthwhile is their sheer novelty. Though you'll find some of the familiar hallmarks of Inca stonework—the standardized niches, the raised ceremonial platform—they're completely...

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The Paracas National Reserve is located in Ica, about three hours south of Lima. The park spans the Paracas Peninsula, the surrounding coast, and the tropical desert. While the peninsula provides an amazing ocean view with some local birds like...
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Ballestas, Peru

Right down to their copious blue-footed boobies, the Islas Ballestas can bear an eerie resemblance to the Galápagos—thus the nicknames Little Galápagos and the Galápagos of Peru. One notable difference? You can see...

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Calle San Juan de Dios, Pisco 11601, Peru

Though it was largely destroyed by the infamous earthquake of 2007 and subsequently rebuilt, Pisco's Plaza de Armas is still anchored by an original statue of José de San Martín, the general for whom the port is named and a...

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Genaro Medrano 81, Pisco, Peru

For a scenic slice of local life, check out the fisherman's wharf of San Andrés. Everything in and around the place is abuzz, from the self-appointed pelican sentinels, to the perpetually coming-and-going moto-taxis, to the fleet that's...

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Jose De San Martin 472, Pisco 11601, Peru

As de Oro's is Pisco's long-standing town favorite—and though the menu is surf and turf, you'll want to take advantage of the proximity to the Pacific and go straight for the prawns or octopus. Be sure to leave room for the house flan.

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Av. Paracas S/N, Paracas 11550, Peru
There’s plenty to do in Paracas, from sandboarding in Paracas National Reserve to boating around the Ballestas Islands to flying over the nearby Nazca Lines—that is, if you can tear yourself away from the pool at Hotel Paracas. The...
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Paracas, Peru

Swing by Puka Soncco in Paracas, and you'll likely meet Sansón, the artisan who—together with his family—is responsible for the widely beloved wood carvings, metal jewelry and other crafts you'll find here. He also sells...

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The handmade textiles and accessories at Sumaqkay in Paracas are a gorgeous paradox: They're at once traditional using time-honored techniques of weaving and dyeing and—from a design standpoint—thoroughly modern. You'll find throws,...