Cusco is famous for being the gateway to Machu Picchu but this colonial town offers so much more. This was my third time in Cusco and I came back to hike the Ausangate route – a trek so beautiful that those who have visited Nepal and Patagonia say it rivals any trek they have experienced. In the end, I hiked the Choquequirao and Salkantay routes.
Cusco itself offers great food and weather, archaeological sites (Sacsayhuamán) above the centre, museums, chocolate, great shopping and agencies everywhere offering tours. Read more.
A glacier on every mountain top, turquoise lakes and beautiful rivers define this region and it seems unbelievable that anyone could visit Peru without coming here. Like most travellers, the first two times I visited Peru I didn’t venture north of Lima. What a mistake that was and I am so happy to have come back a third time.
If mountains and hiking are not your thing, then perhaps a 3000 year old archaeological site would take your interest, with Chavin pyramid just a few hours drive away. Read more.
Chachapoya region just might be Latin America’s best kept secret. A big call, but this little know area in Peru’s northern Andes on the edge of the Amazon has archaeology and natural beauty that rivals Machu Picchu in the south, minus the hoards of tourists.
I came to Chachapoya for just a few days, but I was commissioned to write a story about Peru’s first cable car taking tourists to the “Machu Picchu of the north”, Kuelap. It kept me here longer and I visited the stunning sites of Karajia, Revash and Leymebamba along with Gocta Waterfall. Read more of this blog or Read my ABC