The northern Peru has been chosen as one of the best places to visit this year, so we’ve decided to reveal some areas of interest in this region. Here’s why you should change your route on your next trip to Peru.
Kuélap, Huascarán and the archaeological zone of Chan Chan offer a journey where nature and adventure, tradition and culture emanate from every corner.
Built by the Chachapoyas culture some 3000m above sea level between the 6th and 16th centuries, the Kuelap walled settlement is the largest stone structure in South America, and includes 450 stone houses.
Kuélap was accidentally rediscovered in 1843 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. A cable car route, the first in Peru, was added in 2017 , meaning visitors can now reach the site in 20 minutes.
Kuélap is a must-visit not only in northern Peru but for anyone visiting any part of the country.
Huascarán National Park
A great part of the charm of the Peruvian landscapes resides on the peaks of its imposing snow-capped mountains.
Huascarán National Park, located in the Áncash department in Peru’s central mountain range, offers visitors impressive mountainous landscapes with peaks of over 5000m and even has one, Huascarán, which rises to 6768m, along with a large number of glacial lakes and streams with crystal clear water and vibrant colours.
Huascarán National Park is one of the most emblematic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, where in addition to the impressive natural formations, you can admire the beauty of the 779 species of high Andean flora, 112 bird species and 13 species of mammals.
Archaeological Zone of Chan Chan
World Heritage Site, Chan Chan, is an impressive citadel made of adobe located above the Moche Valley on the northern coast of Peru.
This thousand-year-old site, ocated 5km from the city of Trujillo, in La Libertad, once spanned a vast territory of 20km2.
Chan Chan has ten walled citadels of the ancient Chimú culture and is the largest city ever built in adobe brick in America. Its walls are decorated in high relief with beautiful figures engraved in various shapes: geometric figures, birds, fish, among others.
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve
A route through northern Peru isn’t complete without a visit to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is Peru’s second largest protected area. A natural paradise with up to 1000 species of fauna and 965 species of wild plants in a unique habitat. A number of adventure sports are available for you to try and you can camp inside the reserve.
But northern Peru doesn’t end here. You also have Gocta Cataracts, a 771m waterfall which was rediscovered in 2005, Máncora, one of Perú best sandy beaches and a magnet for surfers, and Iquitos, the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road – it’s only accessible only by river and air and is considered the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. This is a region that will undoubtedly be a top destination in 2019.