When we think about Peru, we usually evoke images of the Inca Empire and their legacy, but we often ignore that Machu Picchu was not the only heritage that these communities left us. Everybody knows about Machu Picchu, the typical destination for travelers that visit Peru and go to Latin America to see valuable ancient ruins. Why is that possible that Peru is plenty of archeological ruins and most of the people don’t know about them? Also, let me tell you thatthere is a different way to visit Peru and enjoying Inca art, without crowds of people.
Ruins to visit in Peru that are not Machu Picchu:
If you are planning to travel to Peru, think about a complete itinerary, and you will be able to learn more about other incredible ruins such as these:
Chan Chan is an archaeological site located in la Libertad, Peru, 5 km west of Trujillo. It was built by the Chimu culture between the years 850 AD and 1470 AD. Translated from quingnam as “Sun Sun”, it is the largest city of the pre-columbian era in South America, formed by colonial homes. The city has ten walled ciudadelas and also an interesting museum.
Visit one of the less known and most beautiful places in Peru: Marcahuamachuco. Incas used to create their forts in zones like that, to protect from enemies and prepare their strategies to fight. The place combines marvelous sights and fascinating ruins to dive in pre-Columbian era.
The ruins of Ollantaytambo are the legacy of an ancient temple and also a fort that, , according to historians, were supposed to have been built 1440 AD by the inca emperor Pachakutik. Some historians think that this city was built over the ruins of a more ancient city, of unknown origins.
Travel through History and follow in the footsteps of the fierce Chachapoya warriors (1000-1400 AD) along 25-meter-high ramparts in the Kuelap fortress. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, that combine nature and Art. One of the beauties of the place is the Gocta Waterfall, that can be seen from hotels and lookouts of the zone.
It is well known as Machu Picchu’s sister city, this Inca site is the most similar to the famous ruins. It is not promoted due to the difficult access to the area, but for the same reason, the tour is more exciting and authentic. The place is less crowded than Machu Picchu. It is a delightful and enchanting place worth to be visited for those who love History and Art, as well as beautiful and natural landscapes.