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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 […]

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.

The ruins of Ollantaytambo in Cusco, Peru.

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.

Rolling hills filled with jagged rocks make this area of Ecuador resemble the Scottish highlands.

Ecuador’s El Cajas National Park

Only an hour from Cuenca by bus, El Cajas National Park is easily visited on a day trip. With dramatic open rolling land and jagged rocks, Cajas feels almost like the Scottish Highlands.

Low grass studded with small yellow wildflowers carpets the areas between the remains of stone walls.

Visiting Ecuador’s Ingapirca Ruins

Home to the Inca empire’s only remaining sun temple, Ingapirca is easily Ecuador’s best set of pre-Columbian ruins. Ben Westwood covers the history of Ingapirca and what travelers can expect to see.