Say Hueque has recently launched a new South America vacation package that includes top destinations in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru! So if you are looking for a multi-country South America adventure, you have come to the right place! To celebrate this new travel opportunity, we’re sharing our tips on our favorite Peru destinations. We hope you’ll feel inspired to visit more of this amazing continent with us!
Top 3 Peru Destinations:
Cuzco is the perfect place to start your Peru vacations. This historical city was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and it is one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in South America. The city was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, and it is an extremely important archaeological site. Cuzco offers an interesting glimpse into Peru’s past, with a mix of Inca, colonial Spanish, and modern Peruvian architecture. Top on our list of things to do in Peru is a visit to the famous historical sites of Cuzco, like the Qoricacha temple, the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Cuzco is also the jumping off point to visit the next of our top Peru destinations…
2. Sacred Valley (Urubamba River Valley)
This valley is located near the historical city of Cuzco. It was formed by the Urubamba River, which is a headwater of the Amazon River. The valley gets its name from the native Quechua language, and it was an important location in the Inca Empire. There are plenty of ancient sites to visit, including the Pisac Market, the Tipon Inca ruins, and the Pikillaqta ruins of the Wari people. It’s worth spending a couple of days in the valley, touring or hiking through some of these ancient ruins. Then it’s off to even more impressive ruins at the site that tops our list of the best Peru destinations…
3. Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is generally tops every list of things to do in in Peru, and with good reason! The site is home to a wealth of ancient terraces and temples set against the incredible backdrop of the Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu was abandoned at the time of the Spanish conquest, only about 100 years after being built, and was left largely untouched until the early 20th century. Today it receives thousands of visitors per day, and is undoubtedly the best-known archaeological site in South America.
Written by Michelle Lenze