Machu Picchu has been declared as One of the Seven wonders of the world in 2007 at Lisbon, Portugal.(Thanks to Lidia Barata)
Cusco Tourists Tickets -Boleto
Boleto (Boleto Turístico General, or BTG) is the admission tickets to some sites in around Cusco. If included sites matches with your plan, it is wise to purchase the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
How do they lift those 15 tons stones? How they place those stones so neatly?
Inca Stone Wall
Peru is a country with diverse resources. You can count their archaeology, gastronomy, colonial structure or natural resource. So you have lot of options to visit. If you like history, you can visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, or you can go to Puno, lake Titicaca to enjoy scenic beauty. Lima is a nice place, mixed with colonial architecture and modern architecture. Once you visit this place you will find all sorts of things to look around. Colca Canyon at Arequipa is one of the deepest canyon in world, while At 12507 feet (around 3800m) above sea level, Lake Titicaca at Puno is the world's highestlake. So now you see the diversity I was talking about..
Staying Peru is not expensive. You may get good food and comfortable hotels at a very cheap rate here. With $ 25.00 a day you can easily pass your days in Peru. Taxi is cheap here and taxi drivers do not expect tips. But you have to know the fair beforehand, otherwise they may take as much as they can (not always though).
Certainly Machu Picchu is the most popular spot to visit. Machu Picchu had been selected as one of the seven wonders of the world on 2007. Machu Picchu is actually an Inca ruin at the top of mountain Machu Picchu. You can visit this place throughout the year. You can reach this place from Cusco by train. Distance between them is 112 km and it takes around 3.50 hours. There is no direct road service between Cusco and Machu Picchu. You may reach Machu Picchu from Cusco using a combination of bus and train.
Cusco was the capital of Inca empire. The city is very colorful and there are really a good number of tourist attractions here. You will find beautiful churches here of old times. If you want to feel the warmth of Inca, Cusco is the right place to visit.
Inca trail is the most popular trail in South America. It is a 46 km trail and takes around three and a half day to reach Machu Picchu from Cusco. There are other versions of this trail, like you can choose 2 days trail or other trails like Salkantay trail. Recent years Inca trail has become very popular. Perhaps too popular... Government has to implement a new rule, which limits the number of people to enter the trail each day to 500, in an attempt to save the trail from getting overcrowded. Right now to get a space you have to make booking 2/3 months earlier specially in high seasons.
Puno is the second largest city of Peru. It is nice city, but biggest attraction of Puno is Lake Titicaca. You can also visit the Church of San Pedro, the Sistine Chapel of the Americas and La Raya Ranch in Puno.
Lake Titicaca is the lake at highest altitude in world. It is a very popular destination for the visitors. There are some islands in Lake Titicaca, where usually visitors stay nights and enjoy the beauty of the lake. The popular destinations inside the lake are floating Uros Islands, Isla del Sol, Isla Amantani, Isla Taquile.
Arequipa in one of the beautiful city of Peru. But people visit Arequipa mainly to climb volcano El Misti, mountain Chachani and Colca canyon. Colca canyon is one of the deepest canyon in world.
Nazca city is a popular place to the visitors. People visit this place to see the lines and figures drawn by the ancient Nazca people in desert. People rent flights (not expensive) to see the the figures of monkey, lizard, hummingbirds from sky. How these giant figures were drawn are still a mystery. Some people like Maria Reiche spent there whole life researching on Nazca lines.