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Ancient Ruins in Peru

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Peru is home to a wide selection of the worlds most fascinatingly bio-diverse landscapes. Specifically, some of the most precious gems found in this diverse kingdom are the ancient ruins in Peru. Reaching 2,430 meters above sea level, there is no arguing that Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley is in fact the most profoundly known preservation of ancient Incan society in Peru. An amalgamation of spiritual theory, 90 years of hardworking craftsmanship and sacrifice; it is famously known as the ‘lost city’, home to the temple of the sun and Intihuatana stone. Since its rise to international attention (thanks to Hiram Bingham in 1911), its has inarguably become the largest tourist attraction in Peru - this is a site not to be missed! However, it is not the only one.

Machu Picchu Ruins


Inca Ruins in Cusco 

The Incas made footprints all over Peru, stretching from the ceremonial centre of Huaca Pucllana in Lima, to the fortress of Ollantaytambo in Cusco. Strategically located at the northern end of the Sacred Valley, the ruins of Ollantaytambo are nothing but a mere marvel of extraordinary and unique construction. Unlike other Peruvian ruins, this distinguishable structure contains houses that were built consisting of 2 or 3 floors, surrounded by multiple accesses to water and agriculture. The Pisac ruins are yet another remarkable spot with recognition within the Sacred Valley in Cusco. Changing up your routine here you can see the ruins in addition to the local market, which gathers attention from tourists and locals alike during scheduled days of the week. This destination is regularly bypassed by travelers, unquestionably a mistake for anyone in the area. 

saqsayhuaman ruins

Saqsayhuaman Ruins in Cusco, Peru should set yet another stop on your South American journey. Built in 1100 AD, it has withstood Incan renovation as well as Spanish conquering, resulting in addition to the World Heritage list centuries years later in 1983. Surprisingly, these ancient ruins remain 3,555 metres above sea level - even higher than Machu Picchu! So whilst you are chewing on coca leaves, take a minute to capture the 200-ton blocks of megalithic rocks; What appear to be sporadically placed, reaching some 15 feet in height and 1000 feet in length, they are actually crafted so finely you could not even slide a piece of paper between the bricks. For an unforgettable expedition, take a look at our Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley tours. We guarantee you will experience these breath-taking landmarks with unparalleled levels of ease. Letting us organise the details gives you more time to explore your options, opening up your schedule for more land tours or harmoniously located Amazon cruises. 

Ollantaytambo Ruins


If I am not in Cusco, what else is there to see?

Not all Peruvian historical sites require you to battle altitudes and confront your inner hiking persona. Take a look at Chan Chan for example - A site located in La Libertad, revealed to be the largest city of the pre-Columbian era, just 5km away from one of Peru’s most inhabited metropolitan areas, Trujillo. Aged Peruvian coastal culture fabricated these ruins as part of the Chimor empire. It gained its Incan correspondence later as a result of defeat by the Incas. Named after its permanently summery climate, ‘Sun Sun’, (Chan Chan) is a beautiful place to visit. As you saunter across this archaeological site in the warm, southern breeze, stop to indulge in the contrastive style of construction. Taking a chance to examine both Cusco and Lima’s ruins will show you just how different the techniques were for building. 

Caral Ruins Peru

Lima is home to the only international airport in Peru, making it impossible to miss this spot on your trip. Taking a 1 hour journey from the runway into the main city, you can find a plethora of hidden masterpieces. Ruins that have been preserved for centuries inside urban areas - even going so far as to developing a prestigious restaurant in the grounds of Huaca Pucllana, so that holiday makers can adore the antiquity of their surroundings whilst luxuriating in classic Peruvian gastronomy. An absolutely astonishing sight at night as the 1800 year old grounds are illuminated by integrated light fixtures. Last, but certainly not least are the old ruins of Pachacamac, a 40 km journey south, outside of Lima. Here, women traditionally wove textiles for priests, and brewed corn beer which was used in traditional Inca festivals. A reachable destination by driving, transfers are optional to be incorporated into your journey as you stay in Lima.


Visiting Cusco and Lima can be integral highlights of your trip to Peru thanks to these protected spectacles of Peruvian and Inca history. We recommend visiting the ruins with one of our guides, that way the entrance ticket and transportation to the ruins is taken care of for you. For more information about booking a tour or cruise with us please enquire now or call 1-888-215-3555.


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