Our Pick of the Most Instagrammable Places in Peru
These days, a lot of us pick our travel destinations – at least in part – on how “Instagram worthy” they are. If you’re an Instagram traveller, then Peru should definitely be on your list! Peru is one of the most instagrammable places in South America, with so much to see and do. From visiting Machu Picchu, to hiking up Rainbow Mountain, to getting a bird’s eye view of the Sacred Valley, here is our list of the top 15 most instagrammable places in Peru.
Cusco city is a fascinating place with layers upon layers of history. It was once the capital of the Incan Empire, and many buildings in Cusco’s downtown core still display Incan stone foundations. These buildings are an architectural marvel, with huge stone blocks carved to fit perfectly together. Don’t miss a stroll down hatun rumiyoc, a small alley where you can find the famous “12-angled stone” – a true feat of Incan ingenuity.
You’re sure to find Instagram inspiration walking along any of Cusco’s cobblestone streets. From whitewashed walls to intricately carved doors, there are so many Instagram picture ideas in this city.
Of course, one of the most instagrammable places in Peru is the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square. Here you can see how Colonial architecture is layered on top of Incan foundations. The stand-out feature of the Plaza de Armas is the Cusco Cathedral. With its huge doors facing out onto the square, it is a sight to behold!
If you’re a keen-eyed photographer or Instagram influencer, the Maras salt flats promise to be the highlight of your trip to Peru. Known locally as the salineras de Maras, the salt flats are a visually stunning display of human ingenuity mixed with natural wonders. Naturally occurring salt water collects in rectangular pools that cascade down the mountain side into the Sacred Valley above Urubamba. Depending on the time of day, the pools can reflect different colours – think creamy shades of yellow and sand – and the entire visual effect is unlike anything you’ve likely ever seen.
Maras is such photogenic eye candy, it is considered by many to be the most instagrammable place in Peru.
> Be sure to include a visit to the Maras salineras on your trip to Peru! Maras & Moray Tour
Have you ever wondered what it was like to sleep in an eagle’s nest? Sky Lodge Adventures Suites offers just that experience. After a couple hours’ hike up the mountain, settle into your glass pod, carefully perched on the side of the mountain overlooking the Sacred Valley. You will not find a better spot to get those Instagram shots of Peru. These comfortable pods include a cozy bed, bathroom with composting toilet, dining area and a 360-view of the Sacred Valley unfolding below you. A one-night stay runs a pretty penny, but includes everything you could possibly want, even a bottle of wine! Quick caveat: If you have a fear of heights, this is not the experience for you.
You cannot do a search of Peru on Instagram without coming up with Rainbow Mountain. Also known by its Quechua name, Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain has soared in popularity in the past few years as one of the most instagrammable places in Peru.
What makes it so Insta worthy? True to its name, Rainbow Mountain boasts colorful peaks unlike any you’ve probably seen before.
Unfortunately, due to its popularity, Rainbow Mountain suffers from over-tourism. If you don’t like crowds, you might want to skip this one; Rainbow Mountain can see upwards of 2000 visitors per day! That’s second only to Machu Picchu.
For a similar experience without the crowds, we recommend Palccoyo & the Red Valley. Although not as tall as Rainbow Mountain itself, Palccoyo features the same array of rainbow-coloured peaks (plus, the hike is a lot easier, too!)
> Want to see Rainbow Mountains in the flesh? Check out our Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Day Hike.
Another very popular spot among the Instagram crowd is Lake Humantay. Located near the equally famous Salkantay Trek, Humantay Lake can be visited as part of the trek, or as a day trip from Cusco.
The crystal-blue waters of Humantay Lake have captured many a heart, making it one of the most instagrammable places in Peru.
No list of Instagrammable spots in Peru would be complete without Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru’s many attractions and a designated World Heritage site. The famous “lost city of the Incas,” rediscovered in 1911 by famed explorer Hiram Bingham, is a place like no other. Full of fascinating Inca architecture, gorgeous verdant vistas and an unmistakable mystical vibe, Machu Picchu is quite possibly the most photographed place in Peru. The new rules for visiting Machu Picchu and hordes of tourists arriving every day may have changed what it’s like to experience this magical place. But if you can look past that, it’s a stunning spot steeped in history and one you should definitely include in your Peru itinerary.
Peru has so many Instagram worthy places to visit. Don’t forget to pack your camera!