Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Rainbow Mountain - Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Many people plan a trip to Cusco in Peru just for Machu Picchu, but there is so much to explore here!  As well of plenty of things to do in Cusco, there is also a lot to do in the Sacred Valley.  While you are in Cusco you could (and should!) take several day trips […]

What is the Boleto Turistico Cusco Tourist Ticket & Why Do you Need It?

Indigenous Art in Cusco Peru - Boleto Turistico Cusco Tourist Ticket

If you are coming to Peru to visit Machu Picchu, it is a good idea to spend a few days in Cusco to explore the city and acclimatize to the altitude before taking on any treks or more strenuous activities.  If you want to visit the archaeological sites around Cusco, you will need the Boleto […]

Cusco Travel Guide: Things to do in Cusco Peru

Make sure you acclimatize to the altitude before hiking in Peru

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, but tourism is big business here and can be overwhelming!  I’ve put together this backpacking Cusco travel guide to help you to figure out what to do in Cusco to experience […]

How to Get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo & Why You Should Go!

Temple Hill at Ollantaytambo Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Ollantaytambo is a fascinating place to visit, and should certainly be on your Peru travel itinerary.  Often overlooked, be sure to give Ollantaytambo, or Ollanta as it’s also known, a chance to show you just why it is so special.  Here I’ve listed my reasons to hopefully persuade you why you should go from Cusco […]

How to Manage the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

Sunrise at Machu Picchu Peru

Peru is on many people’s bucket lists, and for good reason.  The Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu has graced the cover of countless South American guidebooks and travel magazines, and this iconic UNESCO site is certainly a worthy entry in the New Modern Wonders of the World.  However, for many visitors to Machu Picchu and […]

11 Awesome Photos of Machu Picchu

Photos of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is still one of my favourite places I have ever been.  In the last 2 years I have been backpacking South America, Cuba, and Central America, and watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu still sticks in my mind as an incredible experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget!  I wanted to share […]

Pisac – Exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley

Inca Ruins in Pisac - Day Trips from Cusco Peru

Pisac wasn’t quite the “Andean Shangri-La” that Lonely Planet painted it out to be, but is definitely worth a visit!  After the hustle and bustle of Cusco, I wanted to escape for a while.  My hostel ‘Hospedaje Chaska Pisac’ promised great things, it had a gym, meditation room and only 2 beds in the 3 […]