A beam of light illuminates the cascading Angel Falls in Venezuela.

Ancient cities. Exotic destinations. Breathtaking natural wonders. If you’re planning to travel around South America, these are the places you should visit. Keep reading to discover the 51 best places to visit in South America and make sure to add them to your bucket list.

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Adobe bricks leading up to the top of the Huaca Pucllana pyramid in Lima, Peru.

Among the many ancient ruins in Peru, travelers may not expect to find pyramids. Yet, right in the heart of the urban center of Lima sits Huaca Pucllana. (“Huaca” meaning “pyramid” or “temple” in Quechua). Now a grandiose and iconic structure, not too long ago we almost lost this archeological treasure to history. However, thanks to investigative and conservation efforts of the last several decades, generations to come will be able to enjoy and learn from this cultural Peruvian heritage.

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An aerial view of Lima's Malecón and Pacific coastline.

With so many things to do in Lima, you could spend days exploring Peru’s capital city. Lima is a bustling cosmopolitan center of art, culture, and cuisine. The weather is temperate and the ocean views are phenomenal. However, if your travels only allow for one day, you’ll still gain an appreciation of Limeño culture. Below we have selected ten of our favorite things to do in Lima. Continue reading for inspiration on how to spend your next trip.

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city coastline of Lima with a rose colored sky

As the gateway for travel to Peru, the capital of Lima provides the ideal start or end to a memorable vacation. Get the know the weather in Lima, so you can better plan how you’ll spend time in this vibrant metropolis.

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Peru culinary tours are the best way to quickly tap into the most exciting food in a given destination. In Peru, a thriving gastronomic scene takes the culinary tour experience to another level. Whether you’re in the city or the countryside, visiting restaurants, fresh markets, farms, and more alongside an expert guide gives you privileged access to hidden foodie treasures you might otherwise miss.

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Lima’s biggest food fair, Mistura gives you a chance to taste your way across Peru’s diverse geographic regions and vast culinary repertoire. If you plan your trips around eating and drinking, then this event deserves a place on your bucket list. And if you decide to make Mistura part of your trip to Peru, we at Incas Expert are here to help!

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After visiting Casa Republica last month, it came as no surprise to learn that it had been listed by Travel+Leisure as one of the best places to travel in South America in January.

Casa Republica is the newest boutique hotel in Barranco and has much in its favor. To begin with, the property has an enviable location on the very lovely Avenida Saenz Pena. Dotted with scenic early 20th century mansions, this street draws locals and travelers seeking to experience the romantic atmosphere of Lima’s bohemian enclave by the sea.

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Hotel Quinta Miraflores is one of a kind. With a great location in the heart of the city’s trendiest district, this beautiful 4-room boutique hotel is the the perfect place to experience Lima’s enticing mix of new and old. The owner is a pleasure to talk to. And both she and her staff are warm, friendly, and welcoming.

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A big part of the job that we do here at Incas Expert is helping travelers make smart choices about where to stay during a trip to Peru. That’s why, beginning with capital city of Lima, we’re visiting hotels and passing on the intel to you.

Our latest discovery: Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels.

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Staying at Autor 2 is like coming home. Well, maybe a little bit better.

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