Tourism in Peru, 10 Reasons to Visit Peru. Tourism in Peru is the third largest sector behind the country’s fisheries and mining. Approximately 4 million tourists arrived in Peru in 2017. Peru was most visited by Chile. Chile followed by the following countries; United States, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Germany and United Kingdom.
10 reasons to go to Peru, which is important due to its excellent geographical, historical, tourist and cultural significance.
1. Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is the most iconic cultural heritage of all humanity from Inca Civilization. One of the most unique settlements in the world to come out of the hands of mankind. As Machu Picchu slowly sinks into the ground, only a certain number of people can visit on a day. So it’s a good idea not to leave your tickets to the last day.
2. Paracas National Reserve
National reserve located on the pacific coast in the south west of Peru. The most important and fertile coastal area in the world. There are about 100 archaeological sites. Very convenient for nutrition on the coast is the Whale, Sea Lion, Sea Turtle, Water Samuru. It has octopus and many sea creatures. Many sea birds spend a little part of their lives here.
It belongs to Inca civilization, the area where the remains of the Inca fortress are located. This strategic fortress, where very important defenses against the Spanish attacks have been carried out, has been attacked and suffered much from natural disasters. Now the castle is in ruins. Sacsayhuaman, located close to the city of Cusca, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
It is a historic sun temple belonging to the Coricancha Inca Civilization in the city of Cusco, famous for its historic abode of Peru. Furthermore, the lower and upper parts of the temple are covered with gold and the temple dedicated to the God of the Sun God is important as the most valuable place of worship of the Incas. Coricancha, known as one of the most precious stone constructions of the Inca Empire, is one of the historical and touristic places of Peru.
5. Cathedral of Lima
It is a Roman Catholic church located in Plaza Mayor which is the most central point of Lima in the capital of Peru. Designed by famous architect Francisco Becerra, the Lima Cathedral was built with Renaissance architecture, Neoclassic architecture and Gothic architectural styles. Lima Cathedral, one of the places to visit in Peru, is one of the symbolic structures of the capital.
6. Cusco Cathedral
The cathedral, serving as a Roman Catholic church, is the center of the archdiocese of Cusco. Architects Juan Miguel de Veramendi, Juan Correa and Miguel Gutierrez Sencio’nun joint design of the sacred work was opened in 1654. Cusco Cathedral, which used Renaissance architecture, Baroque architecture and Gothic architectural styles in its construction, was taken to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983. Do not forget to visit this excellent cathedral on your Peruvian trip.
7. Real Felipe Fortress
It is a defense castle built to preserve port and city from pirates during the colonial years of Peru. The Real Felipe Fortress, designed by French architect Louis Godin, was built between 1747 and 1774. Moreover, you can find the uniforms, weapons and other military items belonging to this palace at the Peruvian Army Museum. You must see the Real Felipe Fortress, one of the most important defense properties in the Middle Ages region.
8. Museo de Arte Precolombino
The museum dedicated to Precolombino art exhibitions is located in Cusco, Peru. Furthermore, there are 10 exhibition halls in the museum, the Mochica Chamber, the Huari Chamber, and the Silver Chamber. Since 2003, the art museum has been exhibiting many jewelry. It is one of the most beautiful art lovers to visit in Peru.
9. Museum of Italian Art
Lima is an art museum serving under the administration of the National Institute of Culture. This public institution is important as the only European art museum in Peru. There are more than 200 original works of art in the Italian Art Museum, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and ceramics. Also you can see here the art works from Brazil, Canada, Korea and China, as well as works by the Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo
10. Ampay National Sanctuary
It is a wildlife area north of the Abancay center of Peru. The Ampay National Sanctuary located in the Tamburco region is designed to protect the intimpa and the Pachachaca River basin, as well as endangered plant species. Moreover, it is one of the regions that nature lovers must see in Peru travel.