Peru is a fantastic country and tourists can find the best tourist attractions in Peru in all parts of this country. Machu Picchu in Peru, is a destination that attracts over one million people annually. But this ancient fortress is just one of the many exciting tourist attractions and opportunities awaiting exploration in this part of Peru. If you are planning to travel to this area, try to spend a lot of time visiting the sacred valley as well as Cusco, the former capital of one of the largest known civilizations.
Almost every flight from the US to Peru arrives first to District of Lima. Lima is one of the few coastal capitals in South America. This city has a lot of food option as well as superb breakfast places in Lima where you can enjoy the good weather and great food of the South America here. If you want to stay in this area for only a day or two before traveling to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, it’s best to visit the Museo Larco. This museum has one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian art in the world.
The city of Cusco is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been the home of indigenous people for centuries before being discovered by the Incas. However, it was the Incas who chose the area as their capital during their reign. When the Spanish arrived, they began to demolish the sacred city, but some of the stone walls remained intact as well as other structures such as Qurikancha (the most important temple). This temple is known as the Sun Temple and its outer walls are covered with gold and silver, many of which are visible as the foundation of Santo Domingo’s 17th century church.
Today, Cusco is one of the fastest growing cities in South America thanks to the growth on the tourism industry. There is no shortage of luxury and expensive hotels here. Aranwa Cusco Hotel is a a 16th-century colonial luxurious mansion hotel near the Plaza de Armas. One of the things that might get your attention is the large number of colonial churches in the downtown. The Spaniards deliberately built their churches on top of all the Inca structures. Take time to explore the old, narrow, old streets near the Plaza de Armas. In these areas you can find alpaca wool sellers and other woven products at much lower prices than upscale shops near tourist attractions and hotels.
Pisac is less than an hour’s drive northeast of Cusco and is well known for its attractive ruins on top of the village and its bustling markets. It is advisable to bring cash with yourself when traveling to this area and prepare for bargaining. Bargaining is one of the accepted ways of doing business in this village. From the market, there is a route to reach the top of the mountain and start climbing up to the ruins.
Halfway between the Highlands and the Sacred Valley, less than 20 miles northwest of Cusco, Chinchero Village has remained intact for centuries. Locals in this area have patiently maintained their local clothing and traditions. Some of these traditions include woolen fabric, potato cultivation and commodity exchange.
Less than 45 minutes drive outside of Cusco and about five miles outside of Chinchero, the quiet Huaypo Lake is covered by rugged hills that reach the Andes. The familiar terraces on one side of the lake have been built by local Quechua people since the Incas. You can enjoy yoga classes in the area in the quiet morning time.
Constantly occupied by the fifteenth century, this small crowded village is a living example of the Inca urban landscape with its beautiful streets and blue canals that are still in use today. At the western end of town, there is one ofruins of the Incas which is well preserved in the valley. The castle which is located on top of the Temple Hill, has very beautiful terraces.
Skylodge Adventure Suites
Built about 1200 feet above the sea level on a cliff, this suite is located halfway between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. This small suite is one of the great places to stay for adventurers and has attracted many tourists worldwide. The suite is made of egg-shaped polycarbonate shields that move along a zigzag path. When you dare to go into this beautiful suite, you can see the eye-catching scenery around you. These beautiful landscapes include the river, the beautiful valley underneath and the overnight stars.
Train to Machu Picchu
Even if there is another way to get to Machu Picchu, you can’t ignore a 105-minute train ride from Ollantaytambo along Urubamba. The Inca rail lines have good trains that can be great for traveling, but remember the cost of traveling by train is a bit high and if you want a good travel experience, you should pay a little more. The dome-shaped windows allow you to have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains as you cross the valley. One of these mountains is the 18,700 feet Nevado Veronica. After an hour or so, the semi-arid habitat reaches a cloud forest where cloud compaction will amaze you.
It’s a beautiful architecture and as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ needs no introductions. Since being discovered by Yale University in 1911, Machu Picchu has been able to spark the astonishment of the world for the continual discovery of the beautiful Inca achievements. Almost every stone in this vast complex is set up for a specific purpose and is designed to reveal astronomical phenomena by passing the sun, to build a complex water system, or to form a sacred representation. The spacious terraces not only provided more area for crop farming but also served as a drainage system as well. Machu Picchu hosted more than two to four royal Inca families and a lower class of caretakers during its heyday.