5 Peruvian Destinations Make TripAdvisor’s Top 25 for South America

5 Peruvian Destinations Make TripAdvisor’s Top 25 for South America

A recent article published by TripAdvisor detailing the top 25 destinations in South America lists a whopping five sites in Peru. This is quite an impressive feat, considering that among twelve countries, Peru accounts for 20% of the best travel destinations. This gives Peru the second most destinations on the list, while Brazil tops it with eight destinations.

Below are the five destinations that made the list, with some useful information for aspiring travelers to Peru.


The erstwhile seat of the Inca Empire places at the very top of the list, winning the distinction of TripAdvisor’s #1 destination in South America. Showcasing a unique blend of Inca and Spanish history, Cusco is one of the most charming and distinctive cities in South America — not to mention its status as the de facto gateway to Machu Picchu.

Cusco Cathedral - Photo by © C.J. Schexnayder
Cusco Cathedral

📌 If you’re interested in visiting Cusco, you can see it all with our private Cusco city tour.


The “City of Kings,” as it’s known, rightly deserves its spot at #6. It’s a city that truly offers everything — colonial history, cosmopolitan luxury, unparalleled cuisine, jaw-dropping ocean views, and more. You name it, Lima has it. Even if the bustling capital is just a stopover on one’s way to one of Peru’s other tantalizing destinations, it is a can’t-miss.

San Francisco Church in Lima - Photo by © C.J. Schexnayder
San Francisco Church in Lima

📌 Check out our Lima private tours for more information on what the city has to offer to a traveler passing through.


Nestled in Peru’s iconic Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba (#18 on the list) is one of the best places to experience the region that was culturally and agriculturally integral to the Inca Empire. The combination of pristine Inca archaeological sites, gorgeous mountain vistas, and activities like hiking and horseback riding will make your trip to the Sacred Valley a one-of-a-kind memory.

Sacred Valley in Cusco
Sacred Valley in Cusco

📌 Our Sacred Valley private tour from Cusco is an excellent way to see this mystical place and take in all its wonders.


Known as “The White City” for the alabaster hue of its colonial buildings, Arequipa (#23) is Peru’s second-largest city and offers a rich, distinctive cultural experience. In Arequipa, one can walk through a 16th-century monastery, see a real Incan mummy at the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries, and enjoy some of the country’s best food, all in the shadow of the picturesque volcano, El Misti.

Colca Canyon Condor
Colca Canyon Condor

📌 Our Colca Canyon Tour includes not just a tour of Arequipa, but also a two-day experience in Colca Canyon, one of Peru’s many natural wonders, where you can see Peruvian condors soar through their natural habitat.

Machu Picchu

To anyone eager to see the top destinations of South America, Machu Picchu’s reputation precedes it. And while the site’s sustained popularity may have bumped it down to #25 on TripAdvisor’s list, it is still a must-see in Peru. The history and mysticism — the intangible spirit — of Machu Picchu will never lose their magic.

An example of Machu Picchu photography: visitors walking the narrow terrace above the Inca Citadel with the Huayna Picchu peak towering in the background.
Machu Picchu

📌 Our Machu Picchu private tours are a great way to see the ancient mountain citadel, learn about its incredible history, and absorb its unequalled splendor.

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Authored by: Adam Foote

Adam is an avid traveler who is exploring Peru, far and wide, and sharing what he discovers with Fertur Peru Travel and its clients.

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