World Heritage Sites in Peru

Arequipa: Unveiling the Legacy of Peru's White City

Located in southern Peru and nestled amidst the Andes Mountains, Arequipa represents the country's diverse history and cultural wealth. The city is called "The White City" due to its abundant use of volcanic stone in construction. It is a captivating fusion of European and indigenous influences, and its Historical Center, designated by UNESCO, is the heart of its charm. The Historical Center showcases centuries of architectural excellence and cultural customs.

Caral-Supe: The Birthplace of Andean Civilization

The Sacred City of Caral-Supe, commonly known as Caral, is an ancient archaeological marvel that offers profound insights into the origins of civilization in the Americas. Situated on a desert terrace overlooking Peru's lush Supe River valley, this expansive 5000-year-old site is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Caral is celebrated not only for its antiquity but also for its advanced sociopolitical organization and architectural sophistication.

Exploring Chankillo: The Oldest Solar Observatory in the Americas

Nestled below the western slopes of the Andes in Peru's coastal desert, the Chankillo Archaeological Site offers a glimpse into the advanced astronomical knowledge and cultural practices of the ancient Casma/Sechin civilization. Located in the Ancash region, Chankillo is renowned for its architectural and astronomical significance. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex is a testament to pre-Columbian societies' ingenuity in tracking celestial events.

Exploring the Monumental Legacy of Lima's Historic Center

Nestled in the Rimac Valley, the Historic Center of Lima, originally christened 'Ciudad de Los Reyes' (City of the Kings), stands as a living testament to the city's rich colonial heritage and its pivotal role in the history of the New World. Founded by Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro in January 1535 on the territories once led by the Chiefdom of Rimac, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a captivating tapestry woven with architectural masterpieces, religious grandeur, and a cultural legacy that has endured for centuries.

Huascarán National Park: A Sanctuary of Biodiversity and Human History

Huascarán National Park and its extension as the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve, located in the Ancash region of Peru, are natural sanctuaries and cultural treasures. Spanning an extensive area, the park and reserve are strategically positioned along the Cordillera Blanca, the world's highest tropical mountain range. This area is significant for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems and its rich cultural heritage.

Manú National Park and Biosphere Reserve: Guardian of Nature and Culture

Manú National Park and Biosphere Reserve is a world-renowned haven of biodiversity at the meeting point of the Tropical Andes and the Amazon Basin in southwestern Peru. A vast, isolated watershed, the still-roadless property has been spared from most human impacts. From its altitudinal diversity to the mysteries of Paititi, the 'Lost City of the Incas,' an intricate collage of ecosystems, wildlife, and indigenous communities call this sanctuary home.

Río Abiseo National Park: A Peruvian Wonder of Nature and Culture

Nestled in the San Martín department of Peru, on the eastern slope of the tropical Peruvian Andes, lies Río Abiseo National Park, a World Heritage Site that seamlessly blends natural and cultural wonders. This unique protected area not only harbors a rich tapestry of biodiversity but also serves as a testament to the ancient civilizations that once thrived within its boundaries.