Things to do beside Machu Picchu
Peru with its diverse climate from dessert to jungle creates an ample type of food ingredients. In 2017, World Travel awarded Peru as the best culinary destination for sixth consecutive year. The top 50 restaurants in 2018 listed 3 Peruvian restaurant
No. 5 Central
No. 39 Astrid y Gaston
No. 6 Maido
The jungle covers more than 60% of the surface area of the country, has 31 ecosystems, more than 15 thousand species of animals and 25 thousand plants. Some of destination is Quistococha Tourist Complex in Iquitos, Kuélap in Chachapoyas, the Blue Lagoon in Tarapoto or the Manu National Park and the Tambopata Reserve in Madre de Dios.
- Dunes and deserts
The main of the characteristics of the country is its desert coast. In Piura and Lambayeque we find the Sechura desert, the largest in the country (5,000 km2). The second is located in Paracas and the third is Atacama, which starts in Tacna. On the other hand, while the dunes of Pisco were praised by the participants of the 2018 Dakar rally for the difficult challenge of crossing them, those of the Huacachina congregate travelers who want to practice less extreme sports such as sandboarding and tubular ride.
Besides Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, there is Chan Chan, in Trujillo. The largest city of abobe in America. O Cahuachi, the ceremonial, political and religious center of the Nasca culture that, for many researchers, marked the pattern of housing expansion on the south coast.
The 45 thousand pieces of the Mochica culture (pots, portraits and erotic huacos) are store in the Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, of Pueblo libre, Lima. The museum also has ceramic work of the Shipibo community of Konibo, in Ucayali.
There are pre-Hispanic archaeological complexes that include temples, fortresses and cemeteries. The largest is the Necropolis of Ancon. In its 68.41 hectares, it has 4 thousand tombs from the 500 AD. In Miraflores, on the other hand, the Pucllana huaca rises, which was populated between 400 and 700 AD. In its museum you can admire textiles, ceramics and artifacts.
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