Top Ten Peru Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Vilcabamba: Hike the Lost City
By Rob Rachowiecki
  |  Gorp.com

Who wants to be an explorer? When Hiram Bingham stumbled upon Machu Picchu in 1911, he was actually searching for Vilcabamba, a remote jungle site where the last Incas lived for a few decades after the Spanish conquest. It's a haul to get here and will be a reward only if you have a serious interest in the Incas. Still feeling adventuresome? Then get yourself on the daylong bus ride from Cuzco to the village of Huancacalle. Here, you can hire a guide (let's be honest, you just about NEED to hire a guide) for a demanding trek of several days over muddy, cloud-forested terrain.


Best Hotels in Cusco

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Novotel Cusco
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Terra Andina Hotel
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Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel
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San Agustin El Dorado Hotel

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