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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: Kuélap Activities, Chachapoyas Activities, Leymebamba Activities, Cajamarca Activities, Lámud Activites, Yerbabuena Activities and Jalca Grande 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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Mirador Guayamil

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