Travel Inspiration: Perusing Peru
The Inca—master masons, worshippers of the sun, and rulers of Peru. That is, until one particularly heady conquistador rode into town and single-handedly wiped out an entire civilization. Today Peru, gentle South American republic, is a mix of ancient temples and Spanish colonialism. Except in Machu Picchu, where for four centuries or so Inca—and Inca alone— reached for the sun from their perch 2,000 feet above the Andean rain forest.
During our 10-day Perusing Peru itinerary, we explore Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.
A flight from Lima takes us high in the Andes to the city of Cusco, and a drive takes us into the historic Sacred Valley. Visit the quiet hamlet of Pisac. See ruins and browse the local market before sitting down to lunch at a private hacienda owned by a well-known Cusco family. In Chinchero—birthplace of the rainbow—watch a textile demonstration by local artisans and enter a church to view paintings that exemplify the Cusco School…
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