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Machu Picchu

What may come to mind first when you think of Peru is fabled Machu Picchu, the legendary Inca site deep in the Andes. It stuns with precisely cut walls, terraces, and ramps—not to mention dizzying views of mountain spires in every direction.

But that's not all that Peru has to offer: In the capital, Lima, there are enough world-class museums, ocean-view parks, pre-Inca ruins, and trendy restaurants to keep you busy for days. The highland city of Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and many of the 16th-century Spanish churches and palaces were built on still-visible Inca foundations. Today, the city is full of markets where Quechua-speaking vendors offer exquisite handicrafts.

Arequipa, in the middle of Peru's canyon country, is a sizzling city, known for the towering, snow-capped volcano looming over town; its distinctive 17th-century architecture, which harnessed local volcanic rock to craft stunning monasteries, arches, and churches; and its perpetual sunshine. Nearby, boats built with reeds glide along the surface of Lake Titicaca, just as they have for centuries. You'll see the very best Peru has to offer with this 13-day trip from Valencia Travel Cusco.

—Valencia Travel Cusco