Machu Picchu

If you happen to be caught in heavy rain at Machu Picchu, take the opportunity to see the ancient Incan storm drainage system in action. An elaborate system of channels funnels rainwater off the side of the mountain and rivals modern municipal drains. This is surely a major factor in Machu Picchu's survival to the modern era.

The Huayna Picchu ascent requires scaling ancient staircases and walls in parts. Take caution if the weather is wet as the rocks will be slippery and it is a long way down.

Huanya Picchu

View from the Huayna Picchu summit looking down at Machu Picchu.

View over the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas).


Thousands of mummified remains were found in the mountainside above Pisac. These holes where they previously remained honeycomb the cliff face.

The pristine waters of the highest navigable waterway in the world.

Peruvian Pacific Coast

This dusty highway along the Peruvian coast is actually part of the Pan-American Highway. An adventurous soul could theoretically follow the highway from South American to Alaska, though in practice the highway is not contiguous and you would have to arrange cargo boat service to cross the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama.


The Huacachina Oasis is a few miles outside of Ica and a major draw for tourists interested in sandboarding and dune buggies.