Places in Cuzco & the Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail
Shrouded by mist and surrounded by lush vegetation and steep escarpments, the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is one icon that lives up to every expectation. Like the Mona Lisa, the pyramids and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, this icon has been seared into our collective consciousness, though nothing can diminish the thrill of being there.
The Sacred Valley
Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), is about 15km north of Cuzco as the condor flies, via a narrow road of hairpin turns. Long the home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages, in recent years it has become a destination in its own right.
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Tips and articles
How to reach Machu Picchu without the Inca Trail
One of the world’s great wonders, Machu Picchu is the holy grail for any traveler visiting South America...
Inti Raymi: a guide to the Incan Festival of the Sun in Peru
Image by Fred Lam...
Inca Trail essentials
It's the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world – and a must-do, life-changing experience. Hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is both arduous and awe-inspiring...
Machu Picchu update
South America's most popular attraction -- the 15th-century Incan site known as Machu Picchu -- was hit by a mudslide in January that killed several tourists (updated from 'a few' thanks to comments; official statisti...