The Salcantay Trek. Photo © holgs/istock.

A Beginner’s 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.

Moray Ruins in Peru. Photo © Matyas Rehak/123rf.

Buying the Buleto Turistico: 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.

Police in Lima, Peru. Photo © Oliver Forstner/123rf.

Tips for Travel Safety in Peru

Peru is generally a safe country, so travelers should not feel paranoid. But as in any other place in the world, follow commonsense rules and check out these tips from Ryan Dubé.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

View of the grassy stone terraces of Machu Picchu with a single tree growing on one terrace.

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.