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Peru's 19 Most Photogenic Sites

Discover Peru's Photogenic Wonders

Peru's diverse landscapes, from the Andes Mountains to its historic cities, offer photographers a palette of captivating scenes. The contrast between the snow-capped Andes and the arid coast, or the blend of ancient and modern in Cusco, provides unique photographic opportunities.

The serene Lake Titicaca and its surrounding communities, along with the iconic Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are must-visit locations for any traveler. Don't miss the chance to capture the essence of these places.

Explore more with our guide to the best beaches in Peru and consider the freedom of a rented car for your travels. For accommodation options, check out the best hotels in Peru, and for a more personalized experience, look into private tours with local guides.

1. Machu Picchu

Llama at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, set high above the Urubamba River, offers more than the classic ruins shot. Capture llamas roaming, stone structures, and the cloud-wrapped mountains for dramatic effects. For additional mountain and ruins photography, hike the Inca Trail.

2. Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley, near Cusco, is home to terraced mountainsides, ruins, and picturesque villages. The daily life against the mountainous backdrop is a photographer's delight.

3. Ollantaytambo

Street in Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo's streets, hills, and local shops, along with its impressive ruins, make it a photogenic destination in the Sacred Valley.

4. Lake Titicaca's Floating Islands

Floating Islands in Lake Titicaca

The reed-made floating islands on Lake Titicaca, though tourist-oriented, offer vibrant photo opportunities with locals in colorful attire and a mountainous backdrop.

5. Cusco


Cusco's old architecture, plazas, and Inca foundations provide a rich tapestry for photographers. Roam the streets to find your perfect shot.

6. Salinas de Maras

Salt ponds in the Sacred Valley

The Salinas de Maras' salt ponds, with their white and brown hues, are a striking contrast against the hills, especially when capturing the human element within the scene.

7. Moray


The circular terraces of Moray, an often-overlooked Inca ruin, offer a unique perspective, especially when photographed with a person for scale.

8. Lima

Lima's historic district

Lima's colonial architecture and the bustling Plaza de Armas are highlights of the capital. The cliffside views over the Pacific Ocean are also not to be missed.

9. Nazca Lines

Nazca Lines

The mysterious Nazca Lines, best viewed from the air, depict large geoglyphs in the desert, offering a unique aerial photography experience.

10. Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon

Visit Colca Canyon for breathtaking views of one of the world's deepest canyons and the chance to photograph soaring condors.

11. Barranco

Barranco, Lima

Barranco, a suburb of Lima, is known for its colorful architecture and stunning sunsets, especially near the Bridge of Sighs.

12. Cordillera Blanca, Andes Mountains

Mountain scenery on the Cordillera Huayhush Trek

The Cordillera Blanca offers some of the most spectacular alpine landscapes, with the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek being a highlight for adventurous photographers.

13. Vinicunca


The Rainbow Mountain, with its colorful mineral deposits, is a popular and visually striking photography spot near Cusco.

14. Amantani and Tequile Islands on Lake Titicaca

Tequile Island on Lake Titicaca

Amantani and Tequile Islands on Lake Titicaca offer serene landscapes and cultural photography opportunities.

15. Arequipa


Arequipa's "white city" charm and colonial architecture, set against a volcanic backdrop, make it a picturesque destination.

16. Oasis of Huacachina

Oasis of Huacachina

The Oasis of Huacachina, with its tranquil lake and towering dunes, offers a unique desert landscape for photography.

17. The Amazon Rainforest

Capybaras in the Amazon rainforest in Manu National Park, Peru

The Amazon rainforest, teeming with wildlife and lush vegetation, is a hidden gem for nature photographers.

18. Iquitos

Traditional house on the Amazon river in Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos offers a mix of colonial architecture, local culture, and traditional river homes for a diverse photographic experience.

19. Tambopata National Reserve

Scarlet macaws in the Tambopata National Reserve

The Tambopata National Reserve's rich ecosystem is ideal for capturing stunning wildlife images.