If you ever wondered about places to visit in Peru, that's over, somebody has done the selection for you.
Who did it?...
Peruvian citizens, after a national survey conducted by El Comercio newspaper in order to select the top seven wonders by popular vote.
In fact, in November 2007 twenty eight finalists were selected out of the initial three hundred and ninety four suggested places of interest.
The final round took place in March 2008, when the list of winners was announced, after a massive campaign that involved nine months and over 150 million votes in total.
So wonder no more, the following list should give a superb head start at the time of choosing places to visit in Peru...
Located just outside the city of Cajamarca at an altitude of 2,720 masl / 8,924 feet asl, this Chlorine and sulfur waters spring from sources at 70ºC (158ºF) and are reputed to cure bone and nervous system conditions.
The Colca canyon (canyon of the Colca river) is considered to be the deepest canyon in the world - more than twice as deep as the Colorado Grand Canyon in the US - being one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
The name frailones comes from the Spanish fraile (meaning friar or monk), composed by solid volcanic rock formations towering up to 60 feet at an altitude of 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) some 20km to the SW of Cajamarca.
The area, however, it's best known for a pre-Inca aqueduct stretching approximately five miles in length.
This water canal system, known as Cumbemayo (from the Quechua kumpi mayu, meaning "well-made water channel"), is considered to be 3,500 years old.
It is the legacy from the Chachapoyas culture, who inhabited the area before being conquered by the Incas. The citadel covers an area of around 6 ha. (14 acres), with some 420 circular buildings that include a watchtower and a castle. It has 5 levels of walls inside of walls - up to 20 meters high and 500 meters long.
In addition to the rock formations, the Sanctuary has a rich ecosystem with abundant fauna and flora, as well as thermal waters nearby (such as "La Calera", "Gosphi" and "Yanahuato") and an archaeological zone known as Bombomarca
Located in a hot, tropical region known as eyebrow of the jungle (ceja de la selva), Moyobamba seats at an altitud of 2,820 feet (860 m) above sea level, overlooking the Mayo river. It was nicknamed the "City of Orchids" due to the fact that 3,500 species of orchids are native to the area, 10% of described species worldwide.
Being one of the most beautiful places in the Peruvian Amazon, its scenic beauty, combined with abundant endemic fauna and flora, makes the Upper Mayo river valley an ideal destination for expeditions, treks, rafting trips and ecotourism in general.
It's composed by twenty six stone buildings decorated with mosaics featuring human, geometric and bird figures and attributed to the Chachapoyas culture ((1200 to 1500 AD), even though radiocarbon data shows the site was occupied from 200 BC. for more info and images, please visit Peru Archaeology.
Two big favorites didn't make it to the top seven by a small margin of votes: Lake Titicaca and Manu National Park. Machu Picchu - provably the most iconic tourist attraction in Peru - wasn't part of the contest due to the fact that it was elected as one of the New World's 7 Wonders in 2007, however, you should include it in the list of top places to visit in Peru.