The 5 Most Instagrammed Places in Peru

Sunset on the dunes in Huacachina, Peru.
Don't miss out on the 5 most Instagrammed places in Peru! Peru is full of picturesque places, from the iconic Machu Picchu to the towering El Misti volcano. Peru has some of the most incredible places to see in South America! Don't miss out when you travel to Peru.

There’s a feeling you get after a vacation, where you’ve left somewhere behind but every time you see pictures of it you’re like “awww, I was there!” and a fuzzy nostalgia hug envelops your stomach and you call over your husband/sister/best friend/dog to have them look at the picture so they too can go “aww! We were there!” That’s basically what this entire post is like for Jeremy & I. Well, mostly. Turns out there are actually some really beautiful places in Peru that we didn’t even get a chance to see! Don’t miss out like we did. Grab your camera (or your phone), hop on a bus (or plane … or whatever, look, I’m not giving literal instructions here), and go capture the 5 most Instagrammed Places in Peru like our Guest Post writer, Rohit!

(Ahem – and while you’re at it, follow us on Instagram! That was a really smooth way to work that in, right?? …Right?)


The 5 Most Instagrammed Places in Peru

A guest post written by Rohit

Desert, mountains, canyon, a splendid wonder of the world, a dense tropical forest…Peru can be described in terms of all those big words that you’ve read in your school years. You can’t click enough pictures while in this Inca empire birthplace that’s probably going to take enough of your breath away. You’ve seen all those immensely popular tourist destinations of Peru but they’re not the only ones that have been Instagrammed through the years. So, here’s a few more destinations from Peru that should make it on your Instagram the next time you visit.

 

Machu Picchu Peru
Misty Machu Picchu, Peru. Photo by Andrew Eland, CC BY-SA 2.0

Machu Picchu

You can’t talk about Peru and not mention Machu Picchu, since it would be a wild injustice to do so. Machu Picchu, the citadel of the Inca empire gathered its popularity through the years for photography lovers based on the amazing architecture and natural surroundings. Most images of Machu Picchu on Instagram include that of the sunset over the citadel, which is one of the most adored sights in the books of avid travellers. The mountainous background of Machu Picchu makes it a very photography friendly location in Peru.

The Monastery of San Francisco in Lima, Peru is the second most visited site in Peru!
The Monastery of San Francisco in Lima, Peru is the second most visited site in Peru! Photo by Colin W, CC BY-SA 3.0

Monastery of San Francisco

Along with being the second most visited site in Peru, the Monastery of San Francisco in Lima is a brilliant opportunity for Instagrammers. The unusual design of the monastery alongside Lima’s first mausoleum and cemetery have brought some great results for photography lovers and travellers. The monastery is also a fantastic display of intricately patterned walls with skulls and bones arranged in a geometric fashion. Tourists have been attracted to the Monastery of San Francisco just as much as photographers and avid travellers.

The enormous dunes of Huacachina surround a lush desert Oasis. It's the best place to sandboard in Peru!
The enormous dunes of Huacachina surround a lush desert Oasis. It’s the best place to sandboard in Peru! Photo by Alex Proimos, CC BY 2.0

Huacachina Dunes

The Huacachina Oasis, one of the most popular sights of Peru, is surrounded by the mesmerizing Huacachina dunes. Instagram is filled with some of the most exquisite pictures of the Huacachina sand dunes. Enthusiastic travellers visiting Huacachina for its primary adventure sport, sandboarding, will find an amazing opportunity to record great adventures in Peru along with getting really good photographs.

El Misti, an enormous volcano in Peru, is also home to Incan mummies and other historical artifacts.
El Misti, an enormous volcano in Peru, is also home to Incan mummies and other historical artifacts. Photo by David Stanley, CC BY 2.0

El Misti

Peru’s very own picturesque stratovolcano offers a mesmerizing view during different times of the year. El Misti has a snowy peak good enough to get you busy with your camera. Then there’s the added bonus of the Inca mummies that were discovered years ago in its depths along with rare artifacts of the Inca empire, making it an intriguing a sight to behold. With two different yet equally wondrous climbing routes going up the volcano, one can get pictures of distinct attractiveness at El Misti. You’ll be busy wondering how many more you can click as the gorgeous environment of this stratovolcano will never disappoint.

The red sand beaches in Paracas, Peru, near the the Islas Ballestas, said to be the "Poor Man's Galapagos Islands."
The red sand beach in Paracas, Peru, near the the Islas Ballestas, said to be the “Poor Man’s Galapagos Islands.” Photo by Vicente González Camacho, CC BY-SA 2.0

Paracas Peninsula

The red-sand beach where the desert of Peru meets the Paracas Peninsula makes for an absolutely magical location to photograph. The Paracas Peninsula has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, proving it to be a popular tourist attraction. The beaches are shared on Instagram in stunning pictures that you just can’t get enough of. The marine reserve of this Peninsula, the Islas Ballestas, offers brilliant opportunities to get photographs of wildlife that would make anyone envious. Most travellers and photographers have found the Paracas Peninsula to be one of the most camera-friendly locations in Peru to capture astonishing images of. Plus, the Peninsula offers a variety of spots from where you can get distinct photos. The twilight hour is especially good to capture pictures here!

 

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Author Bio: Rohit is a passionate traveller and explorer who likes to check out all the popular locations in the world. He shares his adventurous experiences on TransIndiaTravels.com.


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2 Comment

  1. neni says: Reply

    Peru is so photogenic, I could look at all those pictures for hours and hours.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I agree! Thanks Neni!

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