By Lisa Loverro
Once the capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco, Peru, is filled with ancient ruins and old-world charm— all surrounded by the majestic Andean mountain range. Make your trip a real adventure and fly solo, or hook up with a tour company that arranges group trips.
Where to Stay
5-star luxury hotel owned by the Orient Express Hotel Group. Oxygen-enriched rooms help guests acclimate to the higher altitude.
A mid-range hotel chain throughout Peru. There are a few in the city of Cusco: One in the heart of the plaza, and one in the quaint town of San Blas, just outside of Cusco’s main square.
Hotel Libertador Cusco
Luxury hotel within the historic downtown area of the city.
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259
Where to Eat
Fine dining in the heart of Cusco.
Santa Catalina Angosta 135
Greens Organic Vegetarian Restaurant
Santa Catalina Angosta 135, 2nd Floor
Mountain Travel Sobek
A well-established tour operator offering group trips for the solo traveler. mtsobek.com
A high-end, customized tour operator specializing in personal service. blueparallel.com
As if you need any other reason to visit, check out this amazing footage our traveler filmed of a local man playing the flute in the Andes Mountains: