Machu Picchu & Cusco
Visiting enchanting Cusco, high up in the Andes, is like walking through a living museum of Peruvian history. Colonial churches and mansions sit atop granite Inca walls and streets are still known by their indigenous Quechuan names. As the ancient Inca capital, Cusco is the gateway to the Sacred Valley, a basin that cradles scenic highland villages and the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu. Amongst green-coated mountain peaks perpetually swathed in ribbons of clouds, the phenomenal 'lost city of the Incas' sits like a proud lion. Approach by hiking the fabled trail, joining a 'Lodge to Lodge' trek following the Salkantay or Lares routes, or aboard a train. The ruins at sunrise are not to be missed.
Why we like it
- Iconic 'Lost City of the Incas'
- The history of the Plaza de Armas
- Ancient fortress of Sacsayhuamán
- Thriving Pisac market
- Hiking ancient Incan paths