The Best Cities In Peru For The First Time Visitor

Peru is a country with unmatched diversity and wealth in the world. The main attractions of Peru, are the cities in Peru,  archaeological patrimony of pre-Colombian cultures and the hub of the Inca’s empire, their colonial architecture (it has imposing colonial constructions) their gastronomy, and their natural resources that makes it a paradise for ecological tourism.

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Here are the six cities in Peru you should visit during your next trip to this Latin American country.


The capital city of Peru, Lima is a curious mix of the ‘islands of modernity’, large but orderly slum areas and the city centre full of colonial architecture. The city gets its fair share of churches, cloisters and monasteries that are worth a visit from 300 years of Spanish rule. It is the best place to savor your taste buds with scrumptious Peruvian cuisine.

Further the must see places includes the Peruvian horses and Marinera Dance Shows in Mamakuna by Mirabus, high lands dances at Las Brisas del Titicaca and Restaurant Junius in Miraflores.


A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Peru’s most visited cities, Cusco forms the largest and most comfortable city for tourists. Here one can begin with a visit to the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and other Inca sites in the region.

This is one of the cities in Peru which is home to a number of museums – of which the Choco Muse is a chocolate factory where one must go on a farm tour. Sacsayhuaman- the ruins by the white Jesus and the walls of the city are some of the deservedly must-see historic sites of Cusco.


Peru’s second most important city after Lima, and the second most popular among tourists after Cuzco, Arequipa is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes. In contrast to the other cities of the Southern Peru Tourist Corridor, Arequipa sets an example of the Spanish and mestizo culture that exists in Peru.

When in city, see the Juanita Mummy in the Museo Santuarios Andinos followed by Convento de Santa Catalina – the most visited building from the Spanish era. At Puente Bolognesi visit beautiful bridges and the Tambos (ancient houses rebuilt by the city government and used as apartments. Get your hands on some of the activities like Peruvian Cooking Experience, Downhill volcano biking, Volcano climbing and White-water rafting.


Trujillo geographical location makes it famous for its scrumptious sea food, sunny beaches and surfer’s favorite spot.

See the environment and history of northern Peru in the world’s longest mosaic on the Wall around the university. Laguna Conache is the place to go sand boarding and not to leave the city without a visit Huaca de la Luna y Sol built during Moche Empire.


Of the vast selection of activities not found elsewhere in Peru, Amazon boat rides and great wildlife viewing are some that will give you an unmatched experience to cherish. The city of Iquitos forms the best way to see the Amazon in Peru and attracts travelers interested in knowing the ancient shamanic ways of plant healing.

A hot and humid climate persists across the city round the year. Other top sights are Pilpintuwasi butterfly far except on Mondays, Fundo Pedrito and the Amazonas River. Also, the Manatee orphanage, Quistococha and the San Juan handicraft market and a jungle trip in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve are worth a visit when in town.


Located in the northern highlands of Peru, the city is famous for its fine cheese and dairy product. Also the churches, hot springs, or Inca Baths and the world’s second largest gold producing mine, Yanacocha makes to the top sights in Cajamarca . Climatically this is one of the cities in Peru which is quite cold at night and the sun can get too bright during the day.

Peru is a country full of diversities and one way to see this mesmerizing place is to visit the 3 areas – Costal, Andes, and Amazon. The above cities are a paradise acclaimed all over the world. Every year Peru welcomes a huge number of travelers coming from all backgrounds, from backpackers to luxury, from nature lover to history enthusiast.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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