10 Epic Ruins To Visit In Peru – That Aren’t Machu Picchu

10 Epic Ruins To Visit In Peru – That Aren’t Machu Picchu

This post was last updated on September 12th, 2015 Peru is known for a lot of things – its rich culture, diverse geography, emerging food scene, and, of course, Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca sanctuary perched in the Andes Mountains draws more than 1 million visitors annually, and for good reason – the iconic ruins are an impressive sight. But scattered throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas are dozens of other archaeological sites as well. These ruins are often overshadowed by the better-known Machu Picchu, and yet many of them hold just as much – if not more – cultural and historical importance. While Machu Picchu is certainly worth a visit, it is only part of a greater cultural heritage. The stunning landscapes and beautiful ancient architecture vary among these sites, and the lure of nearby Machu Picchu means that other sites are much less expensive and much less crowded. These ruins are included in the Boleto Turístico, or Tourist Ticket, which gives you access to a variety of attractions in and around Cuzco for a great price. The Boleto Turístico is available for purchase at any of the included sites and costs about $46 for adults or $25 for students with a valid ISIC card. Partial tickets are also available for $25. All of these sites are in easy driving distance of Cuzco, making them especially accessible by rental car or taxi in addition to the options listed below. If you are traveling to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, these ruins are all worth some time in your schedule. Don’t miss these 10 ruins to visit in...
Cajamarca’s Infamous Yet Secret Beauty

Cajamarca’s Infamous Yet Secret Beauty

This post was last updated on August 17th, 2014Today we’re excited to share with you a guest post from Annie of GoAbroad. Want to contribute a guest post to our blog? Get in touch with us via our contact page.  Cajamarca is a small city that sits in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. I don’t know how it manages to seem like such a secret considering it has a very loud history and offered up my favorite memories of my time studying in Peru. Everyone, visitors and natives, travel during Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Peru. The week long holiday is filled with festivals and several cities, such as Ayacucho, are famous for their parties. Cajamarca is at the bottom of the list when it comes to largest Semana Santa celebrations, but that was actually a perk. It was my first time out of the giant, craziness of Lima and I didn’t know a soul. I booked a flight to this charming mountain town, not really knowing what to expect or what I would find there. The truth was, I didn’t really know about Semana Santa until I arrived in Peru a few weeks earlier and by then flights, buses, and hostels were expensive and full. Over the next four days, the beautiful and ultimately tragic history of the Incas, the power of gold, and Peruvian hospitality, would be spread before me for the first time. EVERY town and city in Peru has a Plaza de Armas, or town square. They are usually a small clearing with a fountain in the center and a beautiful church a few...