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21 Most Instagrammable Places In Peru {Top Peru Hidden Gems}

21 Most Instagrammable Places In Peru

{Top Peru Instagram Spots}

Boasting more beautiful destinations than most people will see in a lifetime, Peru is nothing if not Instagrammable.

Places like Machu Picchu and Huacachina are truly just the tip of the iceberg for this incredibly picturesque country.

In fact, Peru is stuffed to the brim with so many beautiful destinations, that it will literally make your head spin as you plan your itinerary attempting to see them all. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but checking them all off your bucket list in one trip is highly unlikely.

With that being said, hopefully we can be of some help with our extensively detailed list of all the best Instagram spots in Peru!

As if you needed more beautiful destinations to add to the already long list of top Peru Instagram spots. However without further ado, I present you our ultimate list of The Most Instagrammable Places in Peru.

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Machu Picchu

While it’s no surprise that Peru’s proudest accomplishment would make this list, we just figured we’d get it out the way first.

This seventh wonder of the world is one of the most beautiful places in not just the country of Peru, but the entire continent of South America.

Always atop everyone’s Peru bucket list, the legendary Machu Picchu is one of the most unforgettable masterpieces of the world.

Currently attracting a staggering amount of 2,500 visitors a day, it’s an absolute blessing the Peruvian Government decided to cap the number of daily visitors.

Otherwise any attempt to visit this world-famous attraction would be a complete nightmare.

However, if you have any plans to visit Machu Picchu, then you’d be smart to book your tickets ahead of time.

Like I mentioned above, there is a cap on the number of tourists who can visit Machu Picchu, which means tickets sell out months in advance.

Therefore, if you have any plans to visit one of the most Instagrammable spots in Peru, then you better not wait until the last minute to book you tickets.

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Humantay Lake

As one of the best photo spots in Cusco, Humantay Lake is a destination that doesn’t get nearly enough the recognition it deserves.

Considered to be one of the best kept secrets of Cusco, Humantay Lake is a place that effortlessly amazes anyone who is lucky enough to visit.

Boasting panoramic views that compare to somewhere out of a fairytale, this is hands down one of the best views in Cusco.

The shimmering turquoise blue lake further embraced by the snowcapped mountainous backdrop is so perfect that it almost seems fake.

Even though the hike up is all types of exhausting, in the end all the work is worth it when you are handsomely rewarded with what is one of the most beautiful places in Peru.

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Huacachina Sand Dunes

Let’s face it… the cat is out of the bag.  The Huacachina Sand Dunes is officially one of the best Instagram spots in Peru!

This once upon a time Peru hidden gem has spread like wildfire across social media in recent years, and is now on every backpackers list for must see places in Peru.

To be honest, I’m surprised it took this long considering Huacachina is the only natural desert Oasis in all of South America with sand dunes as high 6,817 feet above sea level.

However, now Huacachina is branded as one of the most beautiful places in Peru, and it has rightfully earned its spot on this list of the best Instagram spots in Peru!

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Located just an hour or so away from the Huacachina Desert Oasis, Paracas is another popular spot to visit for some of the best photos from Peru.

Although the most popular reason for traveling to Paracas is to visit Islas Ballestas, there are still plenty of reasons to explore this small Peruvian coastal village.

Millpu, Ayacucho

To say Millpu is one of the best photography spots in Peru would be an enormous understatement.

In fact, Millpu blew me away so much I would include it as one of the top photography spots in all of South America.

As one of the few hidden gems in Peru, Millpu is practically splitting at the seams with splendor and is guaranteed to blow your mind the very moment you arrive.

The turquoise translucent lagoons hidden deep in the region of Ayacucho, is an unforgettable experience that will take you far off the beaten path as you explore a region so little tourists have even heard of.

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I wouldn’t dream of saying Lima is one of my favorite cities that I have had the pleasure to explore, however I will admit it does have a unique charm about it.

Aside from all the delicious food and beautiful people, Lima has one of the prettiest coastlines of any coastal town.

Although at times it is hard to appreciate the beauty because of the consistent dark and gloomy weather, during the sunny days, you catch a rare glimpse at the true beauty of Lima and why it is considered one of the prettiest places in Peru.

Rainbow Mountain

Another famous Instagram spot in Peru that has taken social media by storm is Rainbow Mountain.

You know those incredible photos of hundreds, if not thousands of photos featuring the distinctive kaleidoscopic colored mountains that have practically sent Instagram into a frenzy.

In fact, just a few years ago Rainbow Mountain wasn’t even a thing.

However, thanks to the unfortunate progressing effects of climate change, the once snow covered mountain caps of the Vinicunca Pass near Cusco have disappeared to reveal the multicolored spectacle known as Rainbow Mountain.

As a matter of fact, since Rainbow Mountain has gone viral, the Peruvian Government can barely control the insane amount of tourist traffic that comes here on a daily basis.

Unsure how this sudden over-tourism will affect this top Peru Instagram spot, I highly recommend you visit this place before any more people managed to discover it… if that’s even possible at this point.

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Sacred Valley

Deep within the Andes Mountains lies the famous Sacred Valley.

Home to numerous wonders such as the legendary the Inca Trail, Salinas De Maras and the famous Skylodge, it’s no wonder why The Sacred Valley continues to rank as one of the most Instagrammable places in Peru.

As one of the most popular destinations to visit from the city of Cusco, Sacred Valley might be a place you want to visit for more than just a day in order to really appreciate all it has to offer.

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Salinas De Maras

Who would have thought thousands of hillside salt pools dating back almost 2000 years would have been one of the best Instagram spots in Peru?

As one of the many wonders located in the Sacred Valley, Salinas De Maras has become a huge tourist attraction and is known as one of the best photography spots in Cusco.

A quick visit here guaranteed to bring some diversity to your Insta feed.

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The Magic Water Circuit

Not exactly considered a hidden gem, but if you’re not careful it is very easy to miss.

Known as one of the best photography spots in Lima, The Magic Water Circuit is guaranteed to impress.

Though if you visit during the daytime, it may seem like another run of the mill park, however if you visit at nighttime you quickly understand how it acquired its name.

Simply put, once you get started you won’t be able to take enough photos of this place.

Everywhere you look there is another rainbow-colored water show that will leave you simply amazed.

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Islas Ballestas

Known by many as the 'Poor Man’s Gallapagos', Islas Ballestas are a small group of islands off the coast of Paracas.

Bursting with wildlife; most of which are actually endangered species, Islas Ballestas has become one of the top Peru photography places.

Expect to capture stunning images of penguins, sea lions, and a variety of birds.

However, if you’re really lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Humpback whale.

Nazca Lines

A visit to the unexplained mystery of the Nazca Lines is an absolute must for any history buff.

Spanning an area of nearly 1000 kilometers, there is a collection of nearly 300 different enormous geoglyphs etched in the sand depicting an assortment of animals, plants and other shapes.

Though not really visible from the ground, a simple plane ride above the 2000 year old Nazca lines quickly reveals their magnificence and why it is one of the most photographed sights in Peru.


A city that is absolutely layered with culture and history, part of Cusco’s undeniable charm lies in the distinctive Spanish Colonial architecture that spans throughout the city.

Absolutely loaded with Instagrammable opportunities, a brief stroll around Cusco will reveal why it is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Peru.

Take our word for it, this is one city that you can’t afford to miss.

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Huayna Picchu

You thought the views of Machu Picchu couldn’t get any better. Well think again!

A hike to the top of Huayna Picchu is the icing on top of the already delicious cake that is Machu Picchu.

Witness Machu Picchu from a whole new bird’s eye perspective as you hike one of the most in demand trails in all of Peru.

Best described as otherworldly, a hike to top of Huayna Picchu is not for the faint of heart but, graciously awards those daring enough to hike it with some of the best photos from Peru.

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Cristo Blanco

One of the major highlights of Cusco is the famous Cristo Blanco.

Perched high above the city at 11,811 ft on the mountain of Pukamuqu, the large white statue of Jesus Christ overlooks the city for all to see.

A quick visit to Cristo Blanco offers an unbeatable birds eye view over the entire city.

Quite frankly as one of the best photo spots in Cusco, this is a can’t miss attraction of the city.

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Plaza De Armas Cusco

As the center of tourism in the city, it’s almost impossible to visit Cusco without visiting the famous Plaza De Armas at one point or another.

This hive of activity home to some of the best restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs.

Not to mention the impressive colonial architecture, church, park and central water fountain make it an absolute pleasure to stroll through, no matter what time of day.

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Lake Titicaca 

Located all the way to the south, resting in both Peru and Bolivia, the famous Lake Titicaca effortlessly manages to make this list of Best Peru Instagram spots.

Located a good distance away from Cusco or other popular cities like Lima and Huacachina, as one of the best places for Peru photography, even a quick visit to Lake Titicaca will provide you with some awesome photos and make the long travel distance totally worth it.

Rumored to be the birthplace of the Incas, Lake Titicaca is considered one of the best places to visit in Peru.

The Lost Canyon

Found a short distance from Huacachina, The Lost Canyon (or Cañon de Los Perdidos) is another popular Instagram spot in Peru.

Located around 3.5 hours from Huacachina, many travelers opt to simply take a day trip from desert Oasis.

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Paron Lake

Known by many as one of the most beautiful places in Peru, Paron Lake is an utterly enticing experience.

Sitting 13,780 feet above sea level, it’s easy to understand why the views from Paron Lake are so spectacular.

The shimmering turquoise blue waters and astonishing panoramic mountain landscape easily make Paron Lake one of the most Instagrammable places in Peru.

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