The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca

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  • 1. Amantani Island


    This island has a small set of pre-Inca ruins that are a highlight of a visit here, along with the experience of the traditional life of its...Read More

  • 2. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can't miss the imposing twin bell towers of this 1612 cathedral, with a facade guarding the entire eastern flank of the Plaza de Armas....Read More

  • 3. Colca Canyon


    Flying overhead, you can't miss the green, fertile trough as it cuts through the barren terrain, but it's all an illusion; only scrub brush...Read More

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  • 4. Cotahuasi Canyon


    Colca Canyon may be the region's most famous natural attraction, but at 3,354 meters (11,001 feet), Cotahuasi is the world's deepest gorge,...Read More

  • 5. Cruz del Condor


    Cruz del Condor is a haunt for the giant birds, particularly at dawn, when they soar on the thermal currents rising from the deep valley. At...Read More

  • 6. Islas Los Uros


    Known as the floating islands, Islas los Uros are man-made islands woven together with totora reeds that grow in the lake shallows. Replenished...Read More

  • 7. Monasterio de Santa Catalina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A city unto itself, this 5-acre complex of mud-brick, Iberian-style buildings—a working convent and one of Peru's most famed cultural treasures...Read More

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  • 8. Museo Santuarios Andinos


    Referred to as the Juanita Museum, this fascinating little museum at the Universidad Católica Santa Maria holds the frozen bodies of four young...Read More

  • 9. Taquile Island


    East of Puno in the high-altitude sunshine, Taquile's brown, dusty landscape contrasts with green terraces, bright flowers, and the surrounding...Read More

  • 10. Anapia and Yuspique Island


    In the Winaymarka section of Lake Titicaca, near the Bolivian border, are the Aymara-language islands of Anapia and Yuspique. This off-the-beaten...Read More

  • 11. Casa del Moral

    Historic Home

    One of the oldest architectural landmarks from the Arequipa baroque period was named for the ancient mora (mulberry) tree growing in the center...Read More

  • 12. Casa Goyeneche

    Historic Home

    This attractive Spanish-colonial home was built in 1888. Ask the guard for a tour, and you'll enter through a pretty courtyard and an ornate...Read More

  • 13. Casa Tristan del Pozo

    Historic Home

    This small museum and art gallery, sometimes called Casa Ricketts, was built in 1738 and is now the Banco Continental. Look for the elaborate...Read More

  • 14. Casona Iriberry

    Historic Home

    Unlike the other mansions, Casona Iriberry has religious overtones. Small scriptures are etched into its structure, exemplifying Arequipa's...Read More

  • 15. Cataratas de Sipia


    Below the village of Cotahuasi is the valley of Piro, the gateway to the canyon, which is close to this 150-meter-high (492-foot), three-tiered...Read More

  • 16. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Etchings of flowers, fruits, and mermaids playing an Andean guitar called the charango grace the entrance of this 17th-century, Spanish baroque...Read More

  • 17. Cerrito de Huajsapata


    A statue honoring Manco Cápac, the first governor and founder of the Inca Empire, sits on this hill overlooking Puno. Legend has it that there...Read More

  • 18. Chaqchao Chocolates


    Educate your passion for chocolate at this store and workshop, where you learn how it gets from bean to bar by making tasty treats from fair...Read More

  • 19. Church of the Inmaculada Concepción

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in Mestizo-baroque style, this important 17th-century church, with its Latin cross and detached chapels, dominates one side of Yanque...Read More

  • 20. Conde de Lemos Balcony

    Historic District/Site

    An intricately carved wooden balcony marks the home where Viceroy Conde de Lemos stayed when he arrived in Puno to counter rebellion around...Read More

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