Our guide to travel to Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley in Peru is based on months of exploration and research. Learn about the area’s famous Incan archaeological sites, best hotels in all price points, cultural festivals, restaurants, and more so you can plan your own trip to these top destinations in South America.

Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus Cusco

The Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus on the main plaza is just one of the great things to see and do in Cuzco, Peru.

How to travel to Cuzco, Peru

The city of Cuzco (spelled Cusco in Peru) is high in the Andes. Once the center of the Incan empire, Cusco is now one of Peru’s top travel destinations, and for good reason.

Sacsayhuaman giant stones

Massive and expertly-fitted stone walls are a hallmark of the Sacsayhuaman Incan archaeological site on the outskirts of Cuzco, Peru.

Fiestas del Cusco dancing

Cuzco is home to many of the largest festivals in Peru.

How to travel to Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru is full of archaeological sites, but if you’ve heard of just one it’s probably the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. This mountaintop marvel is legendary and very, very popular.

Travel to Machu Picchu Sacred Plaza

Huayana Picchu peak rises above the Sacred Plaza and the center of the Machu Picchu Incan archaeological site.

How to travel to the Sacred Valley in Peru

Near Cuzco lies the Sacred Valley offering a laid back pace, a slightly lower altitude, and many more archaeological sites.

Travel to Sacred Valley Peru Ollantataytambo

A classic Incan stone wall near the top of the Ollantaytambo archaeological site in the Sacred Valley in Peru.


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