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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best of Machu Picchu in Eight Days

This eight-day itinerary starts off in the lush surroundings of the Sacred Valley, moves through cloud forests and the magnificent stonework of Machu Picchu, and finishes in Cusco, the Spanish Renaissance city built atop Inca foundations. Check it out!