The North Coast and Northern Highlands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Coast and Northern Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Chan Chan

    Ruins

    With its strange, honeycomb-like walls and labyrinth of wavelike parapets, this sprawling ancient capital is the largest adobe city in the world...Read More

  • 2. Chavín de Huántar

    Ruins

    Indiana Jones would feel right at home in these fascinating ruins, which feature an underground labyrinth of stone corridors and a terrifying...Read More

  • 3. El Brujo

    Ruins

    This intriguing complex is currently one of the hot properties on the Peruvian archaeological circuit. Plopped down in a barren dune about 6...Read More

  • 4. El Cuarto del Rescate

    Historic District/Site

    This ransom chamber is the only Inca building still standing in Cajamarca. After Pizarro and his men captured Atahualpa, the Inca king offered...Read More

  • 5. Gocta Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Surprisingly, Gocta, a 771-meter (2,529-foot) waterfall, believed to be the fourth tallest in South America, wasn't brought to the attention...Read More

  • 6. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol

    Ruins

    Stark and strange beneath the ash-gray hill that towers over them, these astonishing Moche pyramids were the scenes of bloody human sacrifices...Read More

  • 7. Karajía

    Ruins

    Discovered in 1985, the six coffins that make up this uncanny funeral site 48 km (30 miles) northwest of Chachapoyas overlook a ruined village...Read More

  • 8. Kuélap

    Ruins

    Consistently compared to Machu Picchu by visitors, this extraordinary site high in the cloud forests of Chachapoyas was a walled city sufficient...Read More

  • 9. Laguna 69

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Regularly featured on "most beautiful lakes in the world" lists and Instagram bucket lists, this small but stunning turquoise glacial lake near...Read More

  • 10. Lagunas de Llanganuco

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Make sure your camera memory card is empty when you go to see these spectacular glaciers, gorges, lakes, and mountains. Driving through a giant...Read More

  • 11. Museo Nacional Tumbas Reales de Sipán

    Museum/Gallery

    This striking pyramidal complex, which ranks among the country's best museums, displays the artifacts from the Tomb of the Lord of Sipán, one...Read More

  • 12. Parque Nacional Huascarán

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The Lagunas de Llanganuco are one of the gateways to the Parque Nacional Huascarán, which covers 3,400 square km (1,300 square miles) and was...Read More

  • 13. Baños del Inca

    Hot Spring

    About 6 km (4 miles) east of Cajamarca are these pleasant hot springs, which flow into public pools and private baths of varying levels of quality...Read More

  • 14. Casa de la Emancipación

    Historic Home

    This branch of Banco Continental is unlike any bank you've ever been in. Go through the central courtyard and up to the small art gallery on...Read More

  • 15. Casa del Mayorazgo de Facalá

    Historic Home

    The open courtyard, from 1709, is surrounded by beautiful cedar columns, greenery . . . and bankers: as with many colonial mansions in Peru...Read More

  • 16. Casa Urquiaga

    Historic Home

    The enormous, elaborately carved wooden door is a stunning entrance to this beautifully restored neoclassical mansion from the early 19th century...Read More

  • 17. Catedral de Cajamarca

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally known as the Iglesia de Españoles (Spanish Church, because only Spanish colonialists were allowed to attend services), this cathedral...Read More

  • 18. Catedral de Piura

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the city's main square, the cathedral, built in 1588, is one of the country's oldest churches and is worth a visit. Inside you'll find an...Read More

  • 19. Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The enormous Chiclayo cathedral, dating from 1869, is worth a look for its Neoclassical facade on the Plaza de Armas and its well-maintained...Read More

  • 20. Cerro Santa Apolonia

    Viewpoint

    At the end of Calle 2 de Mayo, steps lead to this hilltop mirador, or scenic lookout, where a bird's-eye view of the city awaits. At the top...Read More

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