Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands

This full-color guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Seasoned traveler and journalist Ben Westwood leads adventurers to off-the-beaten-path experiences in Ecuador, from riding a train up the steep switchbacks of the famous Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) to diving off of the Galápagos Islands, where the waters […]

Three travelers trekking in the Andes along the Salcantay route to Machu Pichhu.

A Beginners’ Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.

The terraced structure of Machu Picchu seems dwarfed by the mountains around it.

Trekking to Machu Picchu

Most travelers to Peru think there is just one option for trekking to Machu Picchu—the four-day Inca Trail hike. The truth is there are at least four ways to hike to the Inca citadel.

Moon Peru

This full-color guide to Peru includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Lima resident Ryan Dubé (along with helpful Machu Picchu expert Ben Westwood) offers an insider’s view of Peru, from exploring the churches and artisan neighborhoods of Cusco to avoiding the crowds at Machu Picchu and picnicking on the wilderness beach of Reserva Nacional […]

A golden colored iguana moves across a white pebbled beach.

Getting around the Galápagos Islands

Getting around the Galápagos is easier than it used to be. You don’t need to worry if you’ve booked a tour already, but for other travelers, here’s how to get around by air, by boat, by bus, and on foot.

Accommodations in the Sacred Valley: Pisac

Whether you’re searching for budget lodgings or wi-fi ready bungalows, these suggestions from expert author Ben Westwood will help you plan your trip to the Sacred Valley and beautiful Machu Picchu.

A blue train traveling through the small town of Agua Calientes.

Getting to and around Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu isn’t for everyone (although once you’ve reached the ruins, the only way to get around is by foot). Here’s how to take a train or bus to Aguas Calientes, where there are frequent shuttles available for the last leg of the journey.

The incan Pisac Ruins in Peru.

Visiting the Pisac Ruins of the Sacred Valley

Pisac is one of Cusco’s few great Inca ruins that features all types of architecture—agricultural, hydraulic, military, residential, and religious. Area expert Ben Westwood shares an overview of these unique ruins.