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Peru Must See Places
The first place on most people's list of where to go in Peru is and should be Machu Picchu. Where else you go is going to depend on the length of your vacation. Getting from one place to another can take some time.
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The starting off point to reach Machu Picchu is the city of Cusco. This is a small city where you can enjoy the blend of both Inca and Spanish colonial architecture and is well worth spending some time in. While you're here, you can tour the principle sites of Cusco such as Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha as well as those of the nearby Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Because of Machu Picchu's location, it's easiest to include other important sites situated in the south of Peru. Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, offers the opportunity to see how the indigenous people live here as well as to stay in a family home for a night.

Colca Canyon, located between Lake Titicaca/Puno and Arequipa, said to be the deepest canyon in the world, offers the chance to see condors in flight. Arequipa, known as the White City for the stones used in its architecture, feels like visiting a bit of Europe in South America. Continuing on the southern circuit, one can take a flight over the Nazca lines, huge geometric shapes drawn in the desert that can only be seen from above.

There are still more places to be seen in the north of Peru as well. Going north from Lima, in addition to some beautiful beaches, you can also find the archeological sites at Lambayeque, Sipan, El Brujo and ChanChan, among others. These sites represent cultures that pre-dated that of the Incas. Also in the north, for those with more of an interest in adventure tours is Huaraz and the Cordilliera Blanca, offering some amazing mountain trekking.

Peru is a place where one can visit the jungle as well. From Cusco, one can go to Tambopata or Manu. In either case, the more time you have, the deeper you can go into the jungle and the more wildlife you will have the chance to see. That being said, you really need at least five days for Manu while you can get a feel for the ecosystem with as few as three days in Tambopata.

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