The hidden treasures of Peru's Cusco region include the Inca ruins of Choquequirao, described by some archaeologists as Machu Picchu's sister city. Very few travelers are aware of the existence of Choquequirao. Accessed by only a few visitors each day, Choquequirao offers a spectacular trek through the Andes of southern Peru, followed by the magic of Machu Picchu without the crowds.
The Cusco region is also home to Paucartambo, a colonial-era town of whitewashed and red-tiled houses, where local Andean traditions have survived intact. With Andean Adventures Peru, travelers can stay at the town's finest old hacienda-style house and experience local culture in the company of a local guide.
The horizon southeast of the city of cusco is dominated by snowcapped Mount Ausangate. Visitors to Cusco who enjoy trekking and hiking can connect with mountains that were sacred to Incas onn 3-, 4- and 5- day treks. In this part of the Cusco region, the scenery is composed of turquoise lakes, vast grasslands, and herds of llamas and alpacas, beneath some of the highest peaks in Peru's andes. Other trekking routes accessible from Cusco, such as our Weaver's Trek, take hikers to remote Andean communities thet have conserved their ancestral weaving traditions.
Another natural wonder of the Cusco region is Palccoyo, better known to local people as "rainbow mountain". Here, layer-upon-layer of sediments have created a rainbow-like effect. The mountain can be visited from Cusco on one- or two day excursions.
Many travelers who plan to come to Peru are also unaware that cusco is the gateway to some os south America's most biologically diverse Amazone forest. From cusco, it is possible to visit Tambopata National Reserve and experience the wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon basin in all its incredible biodiversity. One of the highlights of any visit to Tambopata National Reserve is the chance to admire colorful macaws and parrots as they feed at riverside clay deposits.
Peru is larger Tthan the United Kingdom, France and Spain combined! In fact, Peru is such a vast country that there remain many places to visit that have not been "discovered" yet.