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!

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 […]

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America is the ultimate guide to the best volunteer experiences available in Latin America. Seasoned volunteer Amy E. Robertson shares her own expertise while inspiring readers to choose the right volunteer placement for their specific interests. Broken into chapters based on destination, the book gives a comprehensive overview of the […]

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.