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World's Best Attraction: Machu Picchu!

Secondary Categories: PeruGuide

Machu Picchu is the best landmark in the world, according to Trip Advisor’s inaugural Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards. Winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews of attractions, featured on TripAdvisor, in each of the categories, according to a press release.  The awards honor 1,263 of the world's top landmarks, parks, museums, and amusement parks both worldwide and regionally.

Machu Picchu was followed by Cambodia’s Angkor Wat at #2 and India’s Taj Mahal at #3 for best landmark to visit in the entire world.

Other South American attractions to make the top 25 list included Christ the Redeemer in Brazil (#20) and Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Chile (#22).


Regionally in South America, the winning attractions are as follows:

  1. Machu Picchu

  2. Christ the Redeemer Statue

  3. Sacred Valley

  4. Walled City – Cartagena, Colombia

  5. Sacsayhuaman - Cusco, Peru

  6. Rambla de Montevideo – Montevideo, Uruguay

  7. Recoleta Cemetery – Buenos Aires, Argentina

  8. Rua das Pedras - Buzios, Brazil

  9. Monastery of Santa Catalina 

  10. Pisac 

  11. Plaza de Armas – Cusco, Peru

  12. Casapueblo – Punta del Este, Uruguay

  13. San Felipe de Barajas Castle – Cartagena, Colombia

  14. Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus

  15. Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant – Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

  16. Cusco Cathedral

  17. Ahu Tongariki – Easter Island, Chile

  18. Qurikancha – Cusco, Peru

  19. Sala Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo, Brazil

  20. Monumento a la Bandera – Rosario, Argentina

  21. Ollantaytambo Ruins

  22. Cathedral of Salt Zipaquira – Zipaquira, Colombia

  23. Moray

  24. Avenida Atlantica – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  25. Teatro Amazonas – Manaus, Brazil

Photo Credits: TheFutureIsUnwrittem, over_kind_man, van Van Es

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