America and Carribbean
At more than 2,700 meters above sea level, the ruins of Machu Picchu overlook an exuberant tropical jungle in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. This exceptional site is a remarkable remnant of the Inca Empire at the height of its glory, and the extraordinary harmony between its natural and cultural elements makes it one of the must-see destinations of a lifetime. Travelers can reach Machu Picchu on the impressive Hiram Bingham train. Adventurous travelers can choose to take the challenging yet incredible hike with a private guide to the site. via the Inca Trail for a few days or a shorter day hike from the train stop at kilometer 104.
In the Inca Empire, Cusco was known as the navel of the world. Today, this high-rise city is a fascinating mix of its Inca roots and Spanish colonial style. The cathedral and narrow streets will be immediately familiar to travelers who have visited other Spanish colonial cities in the Americas. At the same time, a private tour of the bustling central market with a professional chef will introduce unique ingredients used and produced by local people.
Foodies will delight in world-class cuisine in the modern capital of Lima. With an amazing mix of indigenous, Spanish, and even Asian cultures, as well as access to both unusual ingredients from the Amazon and fresh seafood from the Pacific Ocean, it’s no wonder that Lima is a hot spot on the culinary scene. The Spanish influence can also be seen in colonial sites and fascinating museums throughout the city.