Peru is very well known in South America for its incredible history with the native Incan people and their fascinating religion and as a result a Peru Tours is an ideal way to experience this amazing country. Of course it wouldn’t be possible to cover everything unique about Peru in one article, but here are just a few things that you can do in one of the most interesting countries in the world.

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Machu Picchu

Any good South America Tour should include a trip to Machu Picchu as one of its highlights and this is for many very good reasons. Machu Picchu is a truly unique citadel that was built by the Incas in the 15th century on a mountain ridge (2430 metres above sea level). The site known for its stunning sights and architecture, which includes classic Inca style of polished dry stone walls. The site is thought to have been built for an Incan emperor and this is generally agreed upon by most scholars. To find out more about Machu Picchu you can visit this website.

The site consists of three main structures: the Inti Watanta, the Room of the Three Windows and the Temple of the Sun. It is naturally a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was given this title in 1983.

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Moray

Moray is another Incan site that will blow your mind, it is located close to Cuzco on a plateau that is roughly 3500 metres high. The site is famous for its large, depressed and circular terraces that can reach up to 30 metres deep. It is not known exactly what the unique design of the depressed terraces was intended to do, however it is known that there can be a very large temperature difference between the top terraces and the bottom and this can be as high as 15 degrees Celsius in difference. There is much speculation about the use of Moray, with some suggesting that it was used to experiment on crops and growing them in different climates.

Monastery of San Francisco

Located in Lima (the capital) this monastery is dedicated to Jude the Apostle.The UNESCO World Heritage Listed site is an important part of Lima and features Spanish Baroque architecture, a library, church and even catacombs that are filled with skeletons arranged in geometric patterns.The monastery is also well known for its feast day that commemorates Saint Jude and is unique because a large stand weighing about 1500 kilograms is carried around by about forty people.

Qurikancha

These are the ruins of a former Incan temple that now form the base of the colonial church and covent of Santo Domingo. The temple is well known throughout history due to it being one of the richest temples in the Inca empire and was known for its abundance of gold objects, however the only surviving part of this temple is the classic Inca stonework that can still be admired today. You can learn a little bit more about the history of Qurikancha at Lonely Planet.