The Sacred Steps of the Inca

Step designs are found everywhere in important Inca ruins and are versions of the chacana, a sacred Andean symbol similar to the Christian crucifix. Learn more about the chacana—the key to understanding the spiritual beliefs of the Inca—and where to spot it.

The Best of Cusco and Machu Picchu in One Week

This seven-day itinerary gives you time to explore ruins, discover Inca culture, and enjoy the cloud forests and magnificent stonework of Machu Picchu. With two extra days in Cusco, you’ll also get to experience everything from cobblestone streets and weaving stores to art galleries and nightclubs.

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.

Cusco and Machu Picchu: Living History

Despite the conquest, Inca culture has proven remarkably resilient over the centuries, which creates the sensation of time standing still. Quechua, the Inca language that is spoken by six million Andean highlanders, is heard as often as Spanish along the narrow alleyways of Cusco. Inca Trail hikers who arrive at dawn at the Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, will see the fog rise gently from the terraces and perfect stone buildings of Machu Picchu, which was lost for centuries and therefore perfectly preserved.

Moon Trips of a Lifetime

Moon Trips of a Lifetime is a sampler of four dream vacation destinations. Excerpted from Moon’s Handbooks series, this inspirational ebook offers information on vacation spots that include Angkor Wat, Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Galápagos Islands, and the Taj Mahal. Rather than providing in-depth coverage on just one location, this is a fun-to-browse guide […]

Trekking in Peru: Planning and Making a Trek

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Authors Ross and Renée give readers an overview of how to plan trekking the Inca Trail as well as other routes, plus tips on when to go and how long it takes to acclimatize.