One’s trip to Peru would not be complete without seeing this wonder of the world. It ranks high on travelers’ must-see and people’s bucket lists. To be on top of the jungle surrounding Machu Picchu and to witness the iconic ruins with the mountain’s peak behind them is an awe-inspiring sight.
Running from southeast of Cusco the Urubamba River carved the Andes leaving a fertile Sacred Valley from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. Elevations range from 6,730 ft beneath Machu Picchu to 9,800 ft at Pisac.
At 12,507 ft, Lake Titicaca is known to be the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest lake in South America. The lake boundaries are shared by Peru on the west and Bolivia on the east. Lake Titicaca is just beautiful, with a deep dark blue color that calms and cautions you at the same time.
See Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain's distinct colors that are formed by naturally occurring elements that dyed it through time. Hidden under glaciers of the Peruvian mountains for thousands of years, rains and winds had exposed Palcoyo’s beauty as we see today.
This post ends our Cusco Historic Center suite. Today we walk around West of Plaza de Armas to visit the old plazas, markets and churches that gave Cusco it's unique appeal.
Our next stop is one of the Inca empire’s most important military complex, Sacsayhuamán. Strategically located overlooking the Cusco Valley, Pachacútec, the 9th Inca thought that this site would complete his vision of Cusco being the Puma City, being that this site resembles the head of this beast.
Qorikancha was the most important temple during the Inca regime. It was said that statues of gods, animals and rooms made of gold used to exist within its walls. During the Pre-Columbian era this sacred ground was dedicated to Inti, the sun god.
A mixing pot of cultures and influences, Cusco's Historic Center, established itself as one of the most important destinations in South America. Busy plazas lined with souvenir shops, tourist agencies and cafes coexist within a colonial backdrop and astounding church complexes.
Located in the Vilcabamba range of the Andes, Lake Humantay is one of the most visited sites in the mountainous regions near Cusco Peru. Looming at a height of 13,779 feet, it won’t give you its breathtaking views so easily.
Welcome to our 3rd Trial Retirement in the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, the seat of the great Incan empire, Cusco Peru. In the series of posts that will follow we will explore this UNESCO World Heritage city, the ancient ruins and colorful pueblos around it to know how they changed from Pre-Columbian times.