Peru's ancient wonders: 12 heritage sites

From ancient sanctuaries to prehistoric habitats that have nurtured biodiversity, Peru’s Unesco World Heritage Sites reveal clues about one of the world’s cradles of civilisation

(Clockwise from top left) Manu National Park, City of Cusco, Historic Centre of Lima and Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
(Clockwise from top left) Manu National Park, City of Cusco, Historic Centre of Lima and Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.PHOTOS: HEINZ PLENGE

In 1983, the Peruvian city of Cusco was inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a World Heritage Site.

The Incas are believed to have established their capital at Cusco in the 12th century.

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