42 Things I Love About Cuzco & The Sacred Valley In Peru

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  1. Never quite getting over the cuteness that only llamas and alpacas can provide.
  2. Taking the train through the mountains to reach Machu Picchu.
  3. Exploring the delicious options that classic Peruvian cuisine provides.
  4. Taking the time to get properly lost in Cuzco.
  5. Admiring the awesome beauty of the snow-capped Andes.
  6. Getting used to the altitude!Ollantaytambo Peru
  7. Exploring the ancient Incan town of Ollantaytambo in the Andes.
  8. Eating or NOT eating cuy, otherwise known as guinea pig.
  9. Visiting local communities and learning about traditional life in the highlands.
  10. Exploring Cuzco’s many religious sites, especially the Qurikancha.
  11. Wandering around the beautiful main square of Cuzco.
  12. Finding the NON-traditional food culture – some great new restaurants to be discovered.
  13. Discovering that the flags in Cuzco really aren’t for Pride month.Cuzco Peru
  14. Appreciating that winter in Peru really isn’t so bad.
  15. Wandering around the massive San Pedro market in Cuzco.
  16. Learning how to expertly craft a pisco sour.
  17. Being in Cuzco for the annual Inti Raymi festival.
  18. Touring the sometimes forgotten Incan site Moray with its remarkable terraces.
  19. Trying (or not) coca leaf candies and tea.
  20. Enjoying the fine art of outdoor dining.
  21. Tackling adventure sports like mountain biking, bungee jumping and hang gliding.
  22. Eating an expectedly prepared empanada in Pisac.
  23. Taking a dip in the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  24. Discovering the beautiful San Blas neighborhood of Cuzco.
  25. Posing with llamas at Machu Picchu.
  26. Tambomachay – the ancient Incan water temple.
  27. Discovering what luxury travel means in Peru.
  28. Learning more about Peruvian chocolate at the Chocolate Museum in Cuzco.
  29. Taking the time to do some shopping at any number of markets found around the Sacred Valley.
  30. Spending a few days wandering through the many museums in Cuzco.Matt Peru
  31. Exploring the massive Sacsayhuaman ruins near Cuzco.
  32. Wondering about the strange town of Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu.
  33. Navigating Cuzco on your own without getting lost.
  34. Finding an odd sort of beauty at the Maras salt ponds.
  35. Taking a cooking class to take a little bit of Peru home with you.
  36. Learning that the most important meal of the day in Peru really is breakfast.
  37. Finally seeing Machu Picchu for the first time.
  38. Getting out into nature whether it be on a 4-day hike or an hour-long sojourn.
  39. Taking advantage on the great massage prices found everywhere.
  40. Seeing all of the OTHER Incan sites strewn around the country.Empanadas Peru
  41. Eating more empanadas.
  42. The warmth and kindness of the Peruvian people.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

1 thought on “42 Things I Love About Cuzco & The Sacred Valley In Peru”

  1. I interned with a sustainable fashion company in Peru last summer and eventually traveled to Lima and Cusco and loved it for all of the reasons you did! I miss empanadas, chicha morado, and tamales verdes. Did you try and enjoy ceviche? I had a few bites of Cuy and let everyone else eat the rest, did you like it?

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