Machu Picchu Discovery: Finding the Old Incan City

Ever since its re-discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu has been a true and unsolvable archaeological enigma. The ruins that had lied untouched for years became exposed to the modern world, leaving many scholars, archaeologists and historians with the task of uncovering the details of its purpose, creation and how such a construction was even possible […]

Lima in 2 Days

Only have a couple of days in Lima? No problem! You’ll have a ton of eating, drinking and sightseeing to squeeze in a little bit of time, but you can do it. Like most travelers, you’re probably passing through on your way to Machu Picchu, or any of Peru’s other popular tourist destinations. But just […]

How to Enjoy Machu Picchu With Kids

Traveling to Machu Picchu is a big enough task for adults- traveling with kids requires a whole other level of planning. Fortunately, many families travel to Machu Picchu with kids every year and make wonderful memories together, and we’ve gathered all of their advice to help you prepare for your journey! Below we’ve answered some […]

From Machu Picchu to the Amazon

One of the best ways to witness the impressive biodiversity of Peru is by visiting both the dramatic highlands of the Andes and the immense jungle of the Amazon. Most travelers find this easy to do and check off two bucket list items at once, by visiting Machu Picchu and the Amazon in one trip! […]

From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

Two of the places richest in Peru’s lovely culture are Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. At Machu Picchu you can wander amongst Incan ruins, walk the Inca Trail, climb the Wonder of the World that is the site of Machu Picchu and see the streets of Aguas Calientes and Cusco full of traditional locals and […]

From Lima to Machu Picchu

Despite being the third largest country in South America, it’s quite easy to get into Peru and directly to Machu Picchu if you want to. The Peruvian capital city of Lima isn’t far at all from the city of Cusco that is home to Machu Picchu. Only 1,100 km (or 683 miles) separate these cities, […]

Cusco, Exploring the four suyos of the Inca Empire

There are three main routes that depart from Cusco. The first, a northeast route, takes you to the Chinchaysuyo territories: the Valley of the grand Apurímac and the cities of Abancay, Andahuaylas, and Ayacucho. Once the hills that overlook the city are passed (crossing the area known as Inti Punko or ‘Doorway of the Sun’), […]

Cusco: Short History and Travel Guide

Towards the first decades of the thirteenth century, when the Tawantinsuyu started its expansion, it was necessary to give the capital the required characteristics of an imperial city. It was the Inca Pachacútec who started this exceptional reform and who commanded that the most magnificent buildings, like the Korikancha, the Acllahuasi, and the Yachayhuasi, be […]

Choquequirao, The Other Machu Picchu

Manco, the rebel Inca, had to flee the city of Ollantaytambo in July of the same year after seeing the large advantage the Cusco Conquistadors possessed in the amount of warriors. He therefore started his retreat towards the mountains and soon crossed the Panticalla Pass, at almost 5,000 m.a.s.l., with the royalist capitan, Rodrigo de […]

Brief Cusco History: Before and after the Incas

Free of the Tiahuanaco-Huari control, the local ethnic groups fought amongst themselves for domination and around 1200 A.D. the powerful Incan government was formed. Due to the fact that these cultures had no written languages, it is difficult to ascertain the exact origin of the Incas or the names of their first monarchs known as […]