Peru's cultural landscape is a tapestry of ancient civilizations, colonial history, indigenous traditions, contemporary arts, and culinary excellence. The preservation and celebration of its rich heritage and ongoing cultural expressions make Peru a captivating destination for cultural exploration.
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World Heritage Sites in Peru
Chan Chan was the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America. It was the seat of the ancient Chimú civilization before it fell to the Incas. It is now an archaeological site near Trujillo on northern Peru's desert coast.
The Chankillo Archaeological Site is situated in a coastal desert in the Ancash region of Peru. Constructed in the fourth century BC, it has been interpreted as a fortified temple complex with a solar observatory known as the "Thirteen Towers."
Chavín de Huantar: Archaeological Site (Peru) The Editor Sun, 11/18/2018 - 19:58
Chavin de Huántar is one of the earliest and best-known pre-Columbian archaeological sites. The city was a ceremonial and pilgrimage center for the Andean religious world. The site takes its name from the culture that developed between 1500 and 300 B.C. in the Peruvian Andes high valley.
Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco developed into a complex Incan urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.
The Historic Center of Lima is located in the Rimac Valley and was founded by Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. Lima was the political, administrative, religious and economic capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and the most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America.
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, World Heritage Site (Peru) The Editor Fri, 08/31/2018 - 18:09
Embedded within a dramatic landscape between the Andes and the Amazon Basin, the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere, as well as the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization.
The historical center of Arequipa, the present capital of the Arequipa Region, is an outstanding example of a colonial settlement challenged by the natural conditions, the indigenous influences, the process of conquest and evangelization, as well as the spectacular nature of its setting.
Situated in the Cordillera Blanca, Huascarán National Park and Biosphere Reserve protects the heart of the world's highest tropical mountain range in the central Peruvian Andes. The deep ravines, glacial lakes and variety of vegetation make it a site of spectacular beauty.
Manú National Park and Biosphere Reserve is a world-renowned haven of biodiversity at the meeting point of the Tropical Andes and the Amazon Basin in southwestern Peru. A vast, isolated watershed, the still-roadless property has been spared from most human impacts.
Nazca Lines: Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa, World Heritage Site (Peru) The Editor Sun, 12/02/2018 - 12:51
The Nazca Lines are a group of very large geoglyphs formed by depressions or shallow incisions made in the soil of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru between 500 BC and 500 AD. The site is one of the most impressive-looking archaeological areas in the world.