Peru was home to myriad ancient civilizations, each of which left their mark on the country.
Aside from the iconic city of Macchu Pichu, there are hundreds of smaller ruins not overrun by crowds of braying tourists only looking to snap a quick selfie and then leave. Here is your guide to some of the more interesting sites.
At Moray a series of circular terraces have been carved out of the rock, and air temperatures vary by more than 20 degrees from the top layer of the ruins to the bottom. Not only is it a beautiful sight to behold, it has been speculated agricultural experiments were carried out on different layers.
Located near the coastal city of Trujillo, Chan Chan was home to the Chimu people. It was the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas before falling to the Incas. Although some areas of the adobe complex have been partially restored, the site leaves a lot to the imagination.
The hilltop fortress of Kuelap is located in the cloud forests of northern Peru. It’s a drive and a hike from the town of Chachapoyas but it’s worth the effort as the nearly deserted complex affords amazing views of the surrounding countryside.
The ruins of Choquequirao are gaining traction as an alternative to Machu Picchu thanks to their similarly breathtaking views and the two-day hike necessary to reach them. The large ruins sit atop a valley which is nearly a mile deep and visitors should be in good physical condition.
If you are short on time or don’t have the energy to embark on a long hiking trip to other ruins, Sacsayhuamán is located just outside the popular tourist hub of Cuzco. Its huge blocks fit together perfectly without mortar and the site is home to spectacular Inti Raymi celebrations on June 24 every year.
A perfect New England holiday season awaits in Central Massachusetts. West of Boston, the state offers plenty of small-town holiday charm and events.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Spain’s capital brims with historical sites, tapas and neighborhoods to explore. Home to world-class art museums, breathtaking architecture and a spectacular dining scene, Madrid is a feast for all senses. If you only have two days to explore the city, don’t worry. We spoke with Four Seasons Hotel Madrid’s concierge team to give you the best insight for your short trip to Madrid.
For travelers looking for a dessert escape this holiday season, Oasis at Death Valley awaits. Ancient waters bubble up from the ground to support an entire ecosystem at Oasis at Death Valley, a secluded resort tucked into the dramatic desert setting off Death Valley National Park.
From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
Traveling to or near Williamsburg, Virginia, this holiday season? The destination offers plenty of events and festivities blending early American history with holiday cheer.