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Are you bored with your typical vacation? Want to take a step off the beaten path? March to a different drum? Then we suggest taking in the many wonders of Peru
This is a town where wealthy tourists, traveling students and Peruvian peasants walk the same ancient streets. Plaza de Armas is the city square where the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, built in 1539, makes a perfect backdrop for the city’s daily festivals and parades, which take place almost daily.
For a fabulous Peruvian dining experience, check out La Divina Comedia. Their ravioli is to die for! Or, you can walk on the wild side and order the roasted alpaca. You may even be treated to a performance by the wait-staff, an opera singer by trade, who belts out her number while you dine, making this a truly unforgettable place to eat.
Pisac & Scared Valley:
The Pisac ruins are at 10,000 feet above sea level and offer an amazing view of the Urubamba River and the Sacred Valley. You can take the day to cycle through the valley, on and off-road, or raft down Class III rapids.
Make sure to take your time walking through the Pisac market and bargain with the locals for hand crafted wares and fresh fruit.
There are many ways to travel to Machu Picchu, however if you feel brave enough to hike the Inca Trail, we highly suggest it. The highest point of the Trail is at 14,000 feet, and the views of the sub-tropical forest and Andes mountain range are stunning. The ruins of Runcuracay and Sayacmarca can only be accessed on foot, and give you a glimpse of what is to come. When you reach the “Gate of the Sun” and look over Machu Picchu, you will know that the four-day trek is worth it.
Machu Picchu, is perhaps the best known site in all of South America, the ancient city is perched atop a narrow mountain crest high above the Urubamba River. While in the Lost City, you can travel by beautiful stone roadways, climb ancient stairs and traverse mountain tunnels. When staying in the town of Machu Picchu, we suggest Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. The hotel is nestled on a luscious twelve acres of orchid gardens and offers spa treatments, fine dining and picturesque bungalow rooms.
Machu Picchu is considered one of the “New Wonders of the World” and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you want to hike, bike and swim or be wrapped in the arms of luxury, Peru has it all. Don’t be afraid – make the trip and enjoy the breathtaking scenery!