Cusco witnessed the arrival of the Spanish, and yet to this day it conserves an ancestral magic which captivates the thousands of visitors who each year form part of its living history.
Soaring high at an elevation of 11,200 feet, Cusco brings together the cultural, linguistic, and historical heritage of some of the world’s most legendary peoples. As the former capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish Conquest. It’s a place where awe-inspiring ancient ruins mingle with eye-catching colonial structures, with the peaks of the Peruvian Andes serving as a backdrop.
The Urubamba valley is still considered sacred by local people and its air of mysticism can be felt wherever one goes. Rural farming and weaving communities have retained unchanged their ancestral customs and traditions. Discover ancient cultures as our gay Peru tour journeys through the homeland of the Incas on our way to the monumental Machu Picchu.
The Sacred Valley’s beautiful scenery will take your breath away, and its varied geography will invite you to enjoy adventure sports: trekking, climbing, horseback riding… Here you can practice most outdoor pursuits. But if your passion is culture, traveling through the valley will take you to incredible Inca archaeological sites, filled with history.
Also, the valley’s accommodation will surprise you. Options range from comfortable guesthouses to 5-star hotels. And the valley’s gastronomy will not disappoint.
At the top of a mountain, enormous and imposing stone blocks joined without using mortar were combined to create one of the most important religious, political and cultural centers of the Inca empire: Machu Picchu.
Revealed to the world in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, this Inca city is divided into two large sectors: the agricultural sector, with an extensive network of terraces; and the urban sector, with fine structures including the Sun Temple.
The intensely green terraces and the imposing mountains surrounding the site combine to create a stunning landscape which surpasses visitors’ expectations.
Machu Picchu is a World Heritage Site and the pride of Peru.
Huayna Pichu Mountain
The impressive silhouette of Huayna Picchu has become a globally recognized icon by appearing in the background of the thousands of photos taken at Machu Picchu. Its strategic location would appear to indicate that it served as the citadel’s observation and guard post.
It is not easy to scale Huayna Picchu, but the reward for conquering the hundreds of steps that begin at the Sacred Rock is enormous: there is no better view of Machu Picchu from above, from where the mighty Urubamba River appears as slender as a human hair, and the delightful jigsaw that is the valley is revealed in all its splendor.