Where to Go
Where to Go
While every company offers trips to Machu Picchu—Peru's must-see attraction—the country has much more to offer, including the Amazon wilderness, vibrant indigenous cultures, colonial cities, and jaw-dropping mountain landscapes. The great thing is that many of those attractions are easy to combine with Machu Picchu.
Nearly all first-time visitors do some sort of a Cusco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu combination, a tour that every company offers. Whether you hike there on a four-day Inca Trail trek or roll in luxuriously on Orient Express's classic Hiram Bingham train, Machu Picchu is all that it is cracked up to be. There is enough to see between that ancient citadel, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco to fill a week, though many people cover the area in a few days. Many tours combine Machu Picchu and Cusco with the rain forest of nearby Madre de Dios, whereas others combine it with southern attractions such as Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, and the Colca Canyon or a cruise on the Amazon River. A longer extension or second trip is needed to include the ancient sites and impressive landscapes of northern Peru.
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