Recreation and Adventure Sports in the Urubamba Valley

The Urubamba Valley is a fast-growing center of adventure sports, including horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, trekking, and paragliding. Ben Westwood points travelers towards outfitters and agencies to help plan an outdoor excursion.

Tips for Buying Cusco’s Tourist Ticket

Must-see ruins such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo require this ticket. At first glance, it seems overpriced, but when you consider the total number of sites it covers, it’s worth it. Learn about which sites are included, when to buy your ticket, and more.

Hotels and Hostels in Cusco for Every Budget

Cusco is awash with tourist accommodations ranging from bare-bones dorms to some of the best hotels in Peru. With options broken down by price range, this guide by Ben Westwood is perfect for planning your stay.

Moon Machu Picchu

This full-color guide to Machu Picchu includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Dawn reveals ancient stonework backed by the towering Andes—the fusion of natural and manmade beauty, built in perfect harmony with the earth and skies. This is Machu Picchu, center of the lost Inca empire. And it’s yours to explore. This is the […]

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.

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.