These free, printable travel maps of Peru are divided into ten regions:
- Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley
- Lake Titicaca and Canyon Country
- The Amazon
- Nasca and the Desert Coast
- The Central Highlands
- Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca
- Trujillo and the North Coast
- Cajamarca and the Northern Highlands
Explore Peru with these helpful travel maps from the fourth edition of Moon Peru.
Travel Maps of Peru
Traditionally avoided by travelers because of its gray weather and grimy downtown, Lima is making a roaring comeback. The outlying districts of San Isidro and Miraflores offer the greatest range of lodging, bars, and Peruvian cuisine. Bohemian Barranco is the nightlife district and favored backpackers’ den.
Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley
Begin your trip to the Cusco area with the Sacred Valley, which the Inca considered paradise for its fertile earth. The Sacred Valley is cut by the Río Urubamba, which rushes toward the most fabled achievement of the Inca: Machu Picchu. The fabled lost city is a breathtaking citadel arranged along a rainforest-covered ridge.
Cusco must-visits are the artisan barrio of San Blas, the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, and the Inca sun temple Coricancha.
Lake Titicaca and Canyon Country
The highlight of a visit to Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, is an overnight with a family on islands where villagers cultivate potatoes and quinoa on rock terraces. Arequipa, near Peru’s southern coast, is a sophisticated colonial city known for its European feel, world-renowned cuisine, and 16th-century convents and churches.
If you fly above the Amazon, you will see clouds and an endless emerald blanket of vegetation, interrupted only by the muddy squiggles of rainforest rivers. Here travel is by motorized dugout canoe, which is one of the best ways to see toucans, tanagers, and other rainforest birds.
Nasca and the Desert Coast
Dug into the landscape 1,000 years ago and preserved by the arid climate, the unexplained Nasca Lines form hummingbirds, whales, and trapezoids. Nearby is the Ica Desert, an unexplored area of sand dunes and an astounding variety of marine fossils.
The Central Highlands
Nowhere is Peru’s colonial past more palpable than Ayacucho. The most stunning city of Peru’s Andes, Ayacucho has a gorgeous catedral and two dozen other colonial churches and is surrounded by ruins from the pre-Inca Huari culture.
Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca
Trekkers who make it over Punta Unión, a pass at 4,750 meters in the Cordillera Blanca, rub their eyes in disbelief when they first see Alpamayo. This pyramid of fluted snow lures climbers from around the world.
Trujillo and the North Coast
Huaca de la Luna, an adobe pyramid, was built by the ancient Moche people and is now surrounded by the colonial city of Trujillo.
Cajamarca and the Northern Highlands
The gorgeous countryside around Cajamarca is rife with Inca paths, or Qhapaq Ñan, and the enigmatic irrigation canals of Cumbemayo.
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