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Northern Peruvian Andes Things to See and Do

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If spectacular ruins, hiking, and unspoiled towns and villages appeal to you, then you cannot fail to find an abundance of activities in the Northern Peruvian Andes. The most popular places to visit in the region are the many pre-Inca and Inca archaeological sites and ruins that have been recently discovered, and which receive few visitors. But there's also hikes that go way off the beaten track, impressively high waterfalls, colonial towns, traditional village markets, and relaxing hot springs.

Other Activity pages in Northern Peruvian Andes that may be of interest: Jalca Grande Activities, Chachapoyas Activities, Yerbabuena Activities, Kuélap Activities, Cajamarca Activities, Lámud Activites and Leymebamba Activities.

By Martha Crowley

I work as an Editor/Writer at Viva Travel Guides in Quito, Ecuador. I first came to Latin America five years ago to escape rainy...

02 May 2012

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Laguna de los Cóndores

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Centro Mallqui

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Pueblo de los Muertos

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Levanto and Y√°lape

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Catarata de Gocta

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Museo Santa Ana

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El Cuarto De Rescate

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Historical Building
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Complejo Belén

The complex of Complejo Belén, which was constructed from volcanic stone in the 1600s, includes an impressive and exquisite church-considered to...

Historical Building
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Iglesia De San Francisco

The construction of the elaborate Iglesia de San Francisco began in 1699, and continued until the 18th Century, though the church's belfries were...

Historical Building
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Cerro Santa Apolonia

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Museo De Jalca Grande

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Kuélap Ruins

Clouds wrap around the mountains, around the stones of the Forteleza. A silence pervades the air, a silence of centuries. What did these...

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