Tucked away high in the Andes of southeast Peru, Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire until the Spanish arrived in the mid-1500s. Now an amazing collection of Incan ruins, and an important archaeological site, if you’re in Peru, don’t miss one of the world’s truly amazing places.
At an altitude of 11.152 feet, if you’re the adventurous type, Cusco is a great place for you to explore while you acclimate to the altitude and prepare to make the 4 day hike along the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu. Spend an afternoon shopping or relaxing at a café in Plaza de Aromas, not only the center of the former capital, it was the exact geographical center of the Incan Empire itself. You can also take advantage of the altitude by stargazing at the Planetarium Cusco.
Don’t spend the bulk of you Incan adventure seeing the world through a viewfinder or the display on your smartphone. You need to watch your step on the Inca Trail, so let a professional local photographer worry about capturing epic shots of your exploits while you take in the sights.