Historic sites in Peru

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Peru and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Peru and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Peru you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Peru, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

Peru: Editor's Picks

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1. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s best preserved Inca sites, located in Peru and protected by UNESCO.

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2. Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is a famous hiking route which winds through Inca sites in Peru including Machu Picchu.

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3. Chan Chan

Chan Chan in Peru was the capital of the Chimu civilisation and is a UNESCO listed site.

Peru: Site Index

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Cahuachi is an ancient site of the Nazca civilization in Peru.

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Casa de la Emancipacion

Casa de la Emancipacion was the site where Peru planned and declared its independence from Spain.

Cerro Patapo

Cerro Patapo was the site of a city of the Wari civilisation only discovered in 2008.

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Chauchilla Cemetery

Chauchilla Cemetery is a fascinating ancient burial ground with Peru’s largest display of mummified bodies in their original graves.

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Choquequirao is a little known Incan city in the south of Peru which is similar to the far more famous Machu Picchu.

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El Brujo

El Brujo is an early Chimu archaeological site in Peru.

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Kuelap is an imposing 9th century fortress, once the stronghold of the Chachapoyas people.


Often confused with the ruins of Patallacta, Llactapata contains the remains of a small Inca complex near Machu Picchu.

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Museo de los Descalzos

The Museo de los Descalzos is a Franciscan convent and museum with a large collection of religious paintings which was founded in the late 16th century.

Museum Manuel Chavez Ballón

Museum Manuel Chavez Ballón is the museum of the famous Machu Picchu site.

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are ancient earth drawings in Peru and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Ollantaytambo Ruins

Ollantaytambo boasts the remains of an ancient Inca fortress and temple complex.

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A large Inca site near Machu Picchu, Patallacta contains the hillside remains of dozens of walled houses and other buildings.

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One of the most picturesque stops on the Inca Trail, Phuyupatamarca is a well preserved Inca ruin which sits over 11,000 feet above sea level.

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Pisac Ruins

The ruins are Pisac are the remains of an impressive Inca settlement which was abandoned in the 1530s.

Royal Sipan Tombs

The Sipan Tomb Museum holds the treasures of the 4th century tomb of the Moche Lord of Sipan.

The Bruning Museum

The Brüning Museum has a varied set of exhibits from Peru's history, focusing primarily on the pre-Incas.

The Moche Temples

The Moche Temples are two ancient adobe pyramid temples in Peru.

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Winaywayna is an Inca site in Peru near Machu Picchu.

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Built around 1100 AD, Yalape contain the ruins of an ancient Chachapoyan city. Though largely overgrown, it contains the remains of a huge urban settlement.