Built more than 500 years ago to facilitate travel around the capital of the sprawling South American empire, the Inca Road System in Cusco (which includes the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu) is one of the region’s greatest historical, archaeological, and touristic treasures.
Hiking an Inca Trail, a horse-supported trek up to the Vinicunca (Rainbow) Mountain, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley, paragliding above the sand boarding on the dunes surrounding the Huacachina desert oasis… these are just a few of the adventure travel options you can experience.
You’ll want to be fully acclimatized when you behold the kaleidoscope of multicolored hills known as “Rainbow Mountain.”
There are two newly restored Inca access routes to Machu Picchu that will be opening in the next 24 months or so — one of them an Adrenalin-packed hike through a temple ruins known as Inkaraqay.
Peru made it into the Top 10 destinations for 2016 of the “People’s Choice” list published yesterday by the British travel book publisher Rough Guides.