...A TRIP BY ROAD SAFE, CHEAPER AND ENJOYABLE AROUND PERU SPECIAL TO BACKPACKERS ...
I suggest to you the next cities to travel in Peru Southern because you might visit several cities located in the same way to go to Cusco.
LIMA... visit Lima, you might know the Main Square, the Cathedral, San Francisco Church Convent and Catacombs, The Ancient House of The Inquisition. The Crafts Stores, The National Museum of Antropology and Archaeology, Miraflores neighborhood, Peru´s Gold Museum.
PISCO...Located 3 hours from Lima. Here, you might take a marine tour to know Ballestas Islands. You make look marine fauna and The Candelabro, is a drawing made in the sand of the Islands.
PARACAS...Continue the way, you might visit The National Reserve of Paracas, You might look a rocky formation called “Cathedral” located in the shore of the sea. Also you might visit some beaches and The Site Museum Julio C. Tello.
ICA...Located 1 hour from Paracas. You have opportunity to take a tour to know a wine route. Ica town is famous by his wine´s production. Around the town you might go to know Huacachina Lagoon where you can practice “sandboarding” on the dunes that exist around the lagoon. Also you can rent a “tubular”, a small car to drive on the dunes.
NASCA...Located 2 hours from Ica you might take an air tour to Know Nasca Lines. They are drawings of animals, men, trees done on desert of Nasca. Then you might take a terrestrial tour to know Chauchilla Cemetery, some of factories of gold processing and ceramics, some aqueducts and visit the Site Museum.
AREQUIPA...Located 10 hours from Nasca, is a beautiful city. You might visit The Main Square, The Cathedral, example of peruvian architecture of the century XIX; Santa Catalina Convent, The Museum of Juanita Mummy.
COLCA CANYON...You might visit in 2 days. The first day very early you can leave Arequipa to go to Chivay Town. In Chivay Town you stay one nigth. On the following day very early, after the breakfast you might go to The Colca Canyon, 3,400 metres above sea level.You have the opportunity to see the majestic Condor´s flight. You can see animals in their natural enviroment: vicuñas, alpacas and admire the beautiful landscape.
CUSCO...Located 10 hours from Arequipa. You need stay in Cusco minimum 4 days. In these days you might visit the city, Museums and some archaeological rest: Quenqo, Pucara, Tambomachay, Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. On the following day you can visit The Sacred Valley of the Incas. You might visit the archaelogical rest of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, some towns: Calca, Urubamba, Chinchero, Izcuchaca.
INKA TRAIL... The Inca Trail it is the best of its kind in the world, due to its exquisite natural beauty and unforgettable views offering a wide variety of ecological areas from deserts to tropical andean cloud forest home to exotic plants and animal life. On the Inca Trail there are over 250 known species of orchids and in the different ecosystems, numerous rare birds, reptiles and archaeological rest. Walking this andean highway is a truly fascinating and unforgettable experience. The Trail is paved with blocks of stone, it has stone stairways, tunnels and wooden bridges. It crosses rivers, streams, temperate valleys, warm cloud forests and cold highlands.
MACHU PICCHU...The mysterious and milenary city. It is located at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level. A warm temperature during the day and cold at night.
The train leaves from Cusco in the morning very early and arrives in fours hours at the village of Machu Picchu. The most important sections that you might visit are:
The Intihuatana (sun clock)-The beautiful steps of the cisterns-the military and religious sections-the imperial Imperial distric with places constructed in white granite-The Temple of the three windows-the Imperial tomb excavated in a rock-the Tower of the Sun-the district of the Amautas (teachers)-the Artesan district-the prision section-the terraces witch go up into the Inca cemetery.
In front of Machu Picchu you will see the majestic peak of the Huaynapicchu on whose summit is the Temple of the Moon.
PUNO...You will sail the largest lake in Peru and the higest navigable lake in the world. You will visit the Uros Island are floating islands. They built their small barren islands by themselves with rush and totora tree. The Chulpas of Sillustani, located 28 km. away from Puno. These mysterious ruins are in front of a solitary lagoon. The characterizes these ruins are their circular form, with walls of granitic rock in the shape of towers with or without an upper coronation. It is believed that they were used as funerary monuments.
...All this route is approximated 15 days... what do you tell me?.. If you want you can continue the trip to Bolivia to know Tiahuanaco ruins, Chacaltaya snowcapped, Uyuni Salar, Sun Island, Copacabana Island...
...Now get ready the ruck sack, good shoes to begin the adventure...