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From oases to beaches to rain forests, Peru has it all. Located in South America, the country was one of the main centers of ancient civilization and it gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in history. The varied cuisines and the art of this land is a blend of old and the new world. For people who love mystery and the unexplained, there is the Nazca desert and Machu Picchu. You can also go for a hike or mountain biking on the Andes Mountains or soak in the sun at Miraflores, which is a popular tourist destination. The Miraflores beach is famous among paragliders and surfers. Follow the Inca Trail and it will slowly lead you to the path of self-discovery. With so many interesting places to visit, no wonder the country has been named as an emerging tourist destination at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016.But if you still need reasons to visit Peru, we give you 15 Also Read - Exclusive: On Swara Bhasker's Birthday, Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Talks About Her 'Gutsy' Friend

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1. Machu Picchu (obviously)

Machu Picchu

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2. The Inca Trail

Inca trail

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3. A leisurely lunch at the Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas
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4. Colca Canyon, which is like the big brother of Grand Canyon!

Colca Canyon

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5. Uros Island… a floating island… made of dried totora reeds!! Yeah!

Uros Islands

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6.  Santa Catalina Monastery

7. This view of the Máncora beach


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8. An oasis… something you’ve probably only read about in books and watched in movies.

9. Ollantaytambo, the amazing ancient Inca temple and fortress

10. Paracas National Reserve! Sigh!


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11. Choquequirau: The sister city of Machu Picchu


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12. The salt mines in Salinas de Maras

Salinas de Maras

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13. Every mountaineer’s dream, Cordillera Blanca

Cordillera Blanca

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14. The walled complex of Moray surely looks out of this world


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15. And finally, Kuelap, the ancient town in the clouds

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