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Must see Peru sights not on the "tourist route"

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Must see Peru sights not on the "tourist route"

Hi All

Just wondering if any one has stumbled upon or visited sites in Peru that may not be on the

regular tourist route. In the beginning stages of planning a trip and would love to

see unusual places that are "off the beaten track' so to speak. Of course we will also visit the wonderful sites mentioned on websites.

Thanks for any tips


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1. Re: Must see Peru sights not on the "tourist route"

There are too many to mention here ... Already all of Northern Peru is off the beaten track. But even near Cusco, you can visit (by foot only) the Uchuy Qosqo archeological site, for instance.

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2. Re: Must see Peru sights not on the "tourist route"

Hacienda San Jose in Chincha is really cool, underground tunnels that were used to transport slaves in the 17th century.

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3. Re: Must see Peru sights not on the "tourist route"

Hi Teresa,

Depending on what time of year you are visiting Peru and which region your are in, there are a wealth of "off the beaten path" hidden treasures. Keep in mind some of them are kind of difficult to get to, so you might have to add a day or two to your itinerary. You might have to trek a few kilometers; take a bus, plane, and/or boat (especially in the jungle); and spend hours getting there. But many of the sites are definitely worth it. Here are some of my favorites:

KUÉLAP FORTRESS near Chachapoyas (Northern Amazon Region) - It is an ancient pre-Inca citadel nestled on the mountain side above the Utcubamba River Valley. Lots of trekking is involved, but the vistas are definitely worth it. The cheapest and easiest way to get there is by bus or bimodal using bus and plane. The Chachapoyas airport is small and doesn't have the capacity to land commercial aircraft.

COTAHUASI CANYON near Arequipa. This it the deepest canyon in the world, but it doesn't see a lot of tourists because of how remote it is. I would take a bus from Arequipa (excellence food there) to the little town of Cotahuasi (about 10 to 12 hours) and go hiking or do a white water rafting excursion. Just remember that the rapids can get a bit intense - some parts as rough as Class V. In the area, there are also pre-Inca ruins scattered across the moutainside. Also, be careful not to go during rainy season (December to March). Sometimes the roads can be quite dangerous and bus accidents/delays are common.

MÁNCORA in the North of Peru near Ecuador. It is a laid-back beach town where Peruvians like to get away from the hustle and bustle of Lima and get some sunshine and warm sand between their toes. It also has some fun nightlife and decent hotels. I would take a flight from Lima to Piura (about 1.5 hours), then a bus to Máncora (about 4.5 hours), or you can fly to Tumbes (less tan 2 hours) and take a bus to Máncora (about 3 hours). This is a good option if your are looking to explore the northern coast of Peru. You can check out El Ñuro, Cabo Blanco, Punta Sal, Máncora, Tumbes, Zorritos, etc. These are all great spots for kitesurfing.

There are literally hundreds of other treasures to check out in Peru (Huaraz, Trujillo, Huancayo, Paracas, Ica, Southern Sacred Valley, etc). Mainly you need to be flexible with you schedule and know what the weather will be like. Hope this is helpful! Safe Travels!


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4. Re: Must see Peru sights not on the "tourist route"

Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Huaraz, Ayacucho, Huancayo...how much time do you have?

I think Paracas/Ica/Nazca/Arequipa/Colca Canyon/ Lake Titicaca are pretty much on the beaten path at this point. Still worthwhile.

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