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Man with facemask outside building of glass during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Here at Inca Expert Travel, your health and comfort is always our top priority. We understand that the outbreak of coronavirus in Peru and around the world has brought a lot of confusion to travelers. Please rest assured that we are always here for you to bring peace of mind while preserving every bit of the wonder that your upcoming trip beholds. If you need to speak with someone directly, remember we are just a call or email away to bring clarity and support.

*This article was last updated August 4, 2020. It was originally created on March 13, 2020.

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A view of Machu Picchu with flowers and greenery in the foreground. Huayna Picchu is visible in the background.

If you’re in search of magical Machu Picchu pictures, you’ve arrived at your destination. Known as one of the most mystical wonders of the world, Machu Picchu means Old Mountain in the local Quechua language. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins are located just four hours from Cusco in the cloud forest of Aguas Calientes, and they are situated at 7,972 ft (2,430 m) above sea level. It is a destination beloved by both tourists and locals alike.

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View of the historic center of Cusco with the Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. The Andes mountain loom in the background.

There is a fascinating array of things to do and see when you visit Cusco, Peru. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire and then an important city in the Spanish colony. Today, Cusco is a treasure trove of Incan and colonial architecture, as well as modern culture. With so much to see, it may be hard to decide what to do while in Cusco. To help you plan, we have put together a list of our top ten things to do in Cusco. You are sure to find them to be incredible additions to your journey before visiting Machu Picchu.

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A Peru honeymoon is a dream trip for many couples thanks to the mystical archeological site of Machu Picchu. Combined with Peru’s fascinating history, tranquil landscapes, and uniquely flavorful cuisine, it is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world. There are many adventures to be had in this beautiful South American country through its colonial city streets, Incan ruins, and winding mountain roads. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to recharge amidst the romantic scenery, too. Below you will find one example of how our expert Travel Advisors can customize a honeymoon itinerary that visits the top destinations in Peru in one week.

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Pelican standing on rock with Kicker Rocker in the distance.

Over 500 miles from the mainland, the Galapagos Islands are at the very top of the list of must-see places in Ecuador. The diversity of species seen on the Galapagos Islands is rivaled by few places in the world. There are so many unique species of flora and fauna scattered across the archipelago that to ask which are the best Galapagos islands to visit would be unjust. Instead, we have put together our list of top things to do in the Galapagos Islands that are sure to entice all types of travelers visiting a range of islands.

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Adobe bricks leading up to the top of the Huaca Pucllana pyramid in Lima, Peru.

Among the many ancient ruins in Peru, travelers may not expect to find pyramids. Yet, right in the heart of the urban center of Lima sits Huaca Pucllana. (“Huaca” meaning “pyramid” or “temple” in Quechua). Now a grandiose and iconic structure, not too long ago we almost lost this archeological treasure to history. However, thanks to investigative and conservation efforts of the last several decades, generations to come will be able to enjoy and learn from this cultural Peruvian heritage.

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Huayna Picchu's peak with plants in the foreground. The terraces and ruins are visible on top of Huayna Picchu.

Huayna Picchu, which in Quechua roughly translates to “Young Peak,” is the majestic sugarloaf mountain that rests behind the northern side of Machu Picchu. Its dramatic shape and backdrop against the ruins are, in part, why Machu Picchu is so striking in appearance.

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An aerial view of Lima's Malecón and Pacific coastline.

With so many things to do in Lima, you could spend days exploring Peru’s capital city. Lima is a bustling cosmopolitan center of art, culture, and cuisine. The weather is temperate and the ocean views are phenomenal. However, if your travels only allow for one day, you’ll still gain an appreciation of Limeño culture. Below we have selected ten of our favorite things to do in Lima. Continue reading for inspiration on how to spend your next trip.

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A view from the balcony at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, one of the best Cusco luxury hotels.

There is an impressive selection of Cusco luxury hotels amid the city’s Inca ruins and Spanish colonial architecture. Whether you prefer a hotel with an intriguing historical background, or something a bit more contemporary, there is a Cusco hotel that satisfies every style. Choosing any of the luxury hotels in Cusco is a wise investment in your trip and ensures that your visit to the capital of the Inca Empire is a success. Continue reading for help narrowing down your ideal Cusco luxury hotel and for tips on how to make the most out of your stay.

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city coastline of Lima with a rose colored sky

As the gateway for travel to Peru, the capital of Lima provides the ideal start or end to a memorable vacation. Get the know the weather in Lima, so you can better plan how you’ll spend time in this vibrant metropolis.

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