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Cercado de Lima, Peru

Francisco Pizarro Statue

A monument to the conquistador became increasingly controversial in the very city that he founded.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil

The largest library in Latin America owes its existence to an Old World earthquake and a Napoleonic invasion.
Quispicanchi, Peru

Rumicolca

The Incas turned this ancient Wari aqueduct into an imposing defensive gate.
Urubamba, Peru

Machu Picchu Discovery Plaques

It took 82 years and four different plaques to finally get the story right.
Cercado de Lima, Peru

Plaza de Toros de Acho

This bullring in Lima is the oldest in the Americas and the second-oldest in the world.
San Isidro, Peru

Bosque el Olivar (Olive Grove Forest)

A pretty park of over 1,600 olive trees that grew from just three saplings brought over from Spain.
Maynas, Peru

Amazon Rescue Center

Feeding these fat little baby manatees is good for them and good for you.
Chachapoyas, Peru

Pozo de Yanayacu

This well held a sacred source of water supposedly unleashed from the barren rocks by a wizard-like archbishop.
Cusco, Peru

Rodadero Slides

Did Inca children also slide down these smooth rocky slopes above Cusco?
Naska pruwinsya, Peru

Cerro Blanco

This unimaginably large pile of sand near Nazca is one of the tallest dunes in the world.
Potosi, Bolivia

Potosí Silver Mines

Mountain of unimaginable riches that bankrolled the Spanish Empire, complete with its own underworld god.
Córdoba, Argentina

Rueda Eiffel

An intriguing antique iron Ferris wheel that most locals are sure was designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Qullaw pruwinsya, Peru

Steamship Yavari

The 19th-century vessel floats proudly on Lake Titicaca, but its journey from Britain to the Peruvian altiplano was far from smooth sailing.
Urubamba, Peru

Inca Bridge

A backdoor to Machu Picchu that only the most foolhardy infiltrator would attempt to breach.
Cushamen, Argentina

Butch Cassidy's Cabin

With the Wild Bunch hunted almost to extinction and the law closing in on him, Butch Cassidy fled to this remote cabin in Argentina.
Lamas, Peru

Castillo de Lamas

A kitschy Italian medieval-style castle incongruously located amidst one of the most historic towns in the Peruvian Amazon.
Leymebamba, Peru

Mummies of Museo Leymebamba

Hundreds of mummies in a silent room, some with eerily pained expressions preserved on their faces.
Provincia de Bongará, Peru

Yumbilla Falls

The world's fifth tallest waterfall is a spectacular silver chute of water that cuts through the cloud forest in northern Peru.
Barranco, Peru

The Diana Room

A small, emotionally charged room inside the Mario Testino Museum dedicated to Princess Diana and one famous photo shoot.
Unyun pruwinsya, Peru

Cotahuasi Canyon

With nearly double the depth of the Grand Canyon, this Peruvian canyon is one of the deepest in the world.
Cercado de Lima, Peru

Gran Hotel Bolivar

Visiting dignitaries and Hollywood stars once stayed at the 1920s hotel, alongside the ghosts that are said to haunt its corridors.
Pamashto, Peru

Ceremonial Center of Pamashto

A circle of stones on a hilltop in Peru’s high jungle, aligned with the winter solstice and largely ignored by archaeologists.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Greyfriars Bobby

The most loyal of little dogs, or a Victorian era publicity stunt?
Trujillo, Peru

Museo del Juguete

Peru’s only toy museum houses everything from pre-Inca whistles to lead soldiers and terrifying dolls.