On May 29, the Peruvian Congress passed Law No. 30950, which seeks to bolster the touristic infrastructure surrounding the ancient Incan citadel of Choquequirao in the department of Cusco, connecting it with the nearby town Kiuñalla in the neighboring department of Apurímac and possibly even Machu Picchu.
If you’re checking out Peru for a vacation, you’ve probably seen pictures of Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, the otherworldly kaleidoscopic mountainside just a few hours outside Cusco. But where is Palcoyo Mountain, a lesser-known (but equally beautiful) alternative to Vinicunca?
The Inti Raymi Festival in Peru may be the closest one can come in the 21st century to experiencing the real culture of an ancient society.
It’s nearly impossible to visit without taking note of the 26-foot tall statue of Jesus Christ in Cusco that stands guard over the ancient city, imposing from its perch atop the nearby hill of Pukamoqo.
When you visit Cusco, you will probably spend most of your time exploring the profound history, architecture, and culture of the city and surrounding region. But you’ll also want to find a nice market to buy any last-minute supplies (for example, a poncho for the Inca Trail) or souvenirs for your friends and family back home. So we’ve put together a handy guide to shopping in Cusco.