When They Think of Peru, 89 Things Come to Mind

Of course Machu Picchu is on the list (#1, in fact).

As are the Nazca Lines (#5), the fortress at Kuelap (#27) and the Ollantaytambo archaeological site (#6). But as you start getting deeper into the Atlas Obscura list of 89 Things To Do In Peru, things become a bit more surprising.

Take, for example, the Mercado de Brujas, or Witch Market (#12), located just outside the Gamarra train station in Lima. Here’s a great place to pick up your snake fat, frog, black candles and any other ingredient you may need for your next potion, spell or remedy.

If those remedies don’t do the trick, you may end up in the San Pedro Cemetery (#29), where traditional tombstones have been replaced by colorful miniaturized buildings from around the world. A must-see, when you’re in the Pasco region, located in central Peru.

Speaking of must-sees, every day, dozens of colorful parrots flock to the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick (#34), located inside the Tambopata National Reserve, to gather on the steep, red clay walls and chow down on some yummy clay goodness. Never seen a parrot in the wild? Here’s your chance to make up for lost time.

Those aren’t parrots you hear squawking inside the Cueva de Las Lechuzas (Cave of The Owls, #40). In fact, they’re not even owls. They’re oilbirds, and they use sound to locate the insects they feed on. It makes quite a racket, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring this massive cave located in Tingo Maria National Park, which is almost exactly in the center of Peru.

Finally, if, for some bizarre reason, you find yourself pining for a little good, old roadside America, you’ll want to visit the town of Celendin and its Giant Sombrero (#83). The massive hat sits atop a gazebo, and pays majestic tribute to the town’s famous high-topped, wide-brimmed hats.

It’s unlikely you’d be able—or even want to—visit all 89 of the Atlas Obscuro 89 Things To Do In Peru, but there’s bound to be plenty of items that capture your imagination. And as for the others, you can keep them for your second visit to Peru.

Ready to visit some of the 89 places? Check out the trips listed below, and start making your plans.