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A sunset over Machu Picchu | © PixieMe / Shutterstock
A sunset over Machu Picchu | © PixieMe / Shutterstock

The 11 Most Stunning Sunset Spots in Peru

Picture of Brandon Dupre
Updated: 4 December 2017

With so many beautiful locations and landscapes, it’s hard to find somewhere in Peru that doesn’t have a beautiful sunset! From the Amazon jungle, to the arid beaches hugging the Pacific Ocean, to Inca ruins perched atop mountains, here are the most spectacular places to watch the sun going down while you’re in Peru. 

The Desert

The orange mountains of sand extend out in all directions for what seems like forever. In the Peruvian desert near Ica, you’ll experience unforgettable sunsets that turn the landscape a burned orange as the sun drops below the horizon.

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The Peruvian desert | © Roksolana Baran / Shutterstock

Machu Picchu

It’s Machu Picchu, so it’s compulsory to include it on any list of places to go in Peru. You won’t be able to see the entire sunset here, because the park closes at 5 p.m., but the light as the sun begins to dip can give you the perfect lighting for some stunning photographs.

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Machu Picchu from above as the sun is setting | © IcyS / Shutterstock

Choquequirao

If you’d like to see a sunset over some ancient ruins, Machu Picchu’s sacred sister might be an even better option. Because of its remoteness, there won’t be throngs of people to share the sunset with.

Cusco

Cusco has some unpredictable weather patterns, so its hard to know when you’ll get to see a sunset, but when you do it will be spectacular. The best places to catch the sunset are at the mirador above San Blas, or from the statue Cristo Blanco, which looks out over the entire city.

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A view of Cusco as night approaches | © SL-Photography / Shutterstock

Lobitos

Probably the most surreal sunset you’ll see in Peru, the one at Lobitos takes place over a backdrop of beach and oil rigs. This little beach town has waves for days, and beautiful scenery, with scattered oil rigs throughout the water and beachfront. You can also see surfers getting barreled while catching the sunset.

Mancora

Peru’s premiere tropical beach town Mancora offers warm weather, good waves, and beautiful sunsets all year round. Enjoy them from the beach with a Pilsen in hand.

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Mancora beach, Peru, during a sunset | © Michel Piccaya / Shutterstock

Cayamarca

This little mountain town known for cheese, and for the room the Incas filled with gold for Pizaro, has one of the most charming Plazas de Armas in Peru. Buy some cheese and bread and a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset in the plaza.

Cordillera

The beautiful snowcapped mountains and bright-blue lakes make the Cordillera mountain range one of the most beautiful in all of South America, and the sunsets are unforgettable.

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Last light over the Cordillera Huayhuash mountains of Peru | © Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock

Amazon River

As the sun descends over the Amazon River it kisses the top of the forest, lighting it up with new colors and shades of green; there’s nothing quite like a sunset in the jungle.

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The Amazon River during sunset | © SL-Photography / Shutterstock

Paracas

Famous for its rugged beauty, the red beach at the western town of Paracas offers visitors a sunset whose beauty is out of this world.

Lima

Lima isn’t often mentioned for its beauty, but catching a sunset on Lima’s Malecón will be an experience that is second to none. The beauty of the cliffside boardwalk as the sun descends into the Pacific Ocean is worth a trip to Lima in itself.

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View from Miraflores boardwalk in Lima | © Christian Vinces / Shutterstock

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