8. Sand Sports in Huacachina
Sun worshipers and wine connoisseurs are known to flock to Peru’s southern Ica region. But daredevils stake their claim one of the coolest sights to see in Peru, the region’s towering sand dunes—the perfect spot for giving sandboarding a go. If that sounds a little high on the adrenaline scale, you can always opt for a dune buggy ride.
9. Arequipa and Colca Canyon
Guarded by a trio of volcanoes, Arequipa offers both scenery and substance. A must-see is Santa Catalina Monastery, a complex of structures and plazas where the city’s cloistered nuns have lived for centuries. Don’t miss a side trip to Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as Arizona’s Grand Canyon and home to Andean condors and incredible hiking trails, the gorge cleaves a valley where locals cultivate crops on terraced hillsides and flocks of alpaca graze plateaus and meadows.
10. Peruvian Urban Life
Explore grand, colonial-era palaces, stunning cathedrals and ornate wooden balconies overlooking the area’s many brightly painted facades in Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital. Be sure to check out the haunting catacombs of San Francisco Monastery, a former underground burial site that’s open to visitors. Or sip a frothy pisco sour (Peru’s national cocktail made with a brandy distilled from wine) in the hip, upscale Miraflores district where you’ll encounter some of the city’s best dining and nightlife, as well as a picture-perfect beachfront setting.
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