Cusco is the city that takes your breath away–literally. At over 11,000 feet,the elevation takes some getting used to, but most people don’t stick around for more than 24 hours en route to Machu Picchu. This is a shame. I based myself out of Cusco for three of my five nights and found it to be a highly underrated city. Tucked away in the Andes mountains with charming colonial architecture, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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If you’re heading to Machu Picchu to knock a World Wonder off your bucket list, you can’t leave without seeing some of the amazing sites in the surrounding Sacred Valley. RELATED POST: VISIT MACHU PICCHU IN ONE DAY (AND NIGHT) Getting to the Sacred Valley If you have a rental car, you can easily drive and access the sites below. Roads in Peru are windy, but generally isolated once you leave Cusco so take your time and you…

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Can you visit Machu Picchu in one day? Of course you can! I saw Machu Picchu and the surrounding Sacred Valley in just 5 days, so it is doable. Granted, if you want to hike the Inca Trail, you’ll need that time alone just for your camping expedition. But you can get the full experience of the site without roughing it for days beforehand to get there, and here’s how! Getting to Aguas Calientes The first thing you…

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The Arecibo Observatory is one of Puerto Rico’s little-known cultural highlights, tucked away in the mountains, far from beach-goers and cruise ships. James Bond fans will immediately recognize the location from the Golden Eye film, when Pierce Brosnan kills a defected agent and becomes 007 for the first time. Those unfamiliar with the action series will still get a kick out of visiting this place, home to the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope and one…

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Once you’re finished at the Dalí Theatre/Museum, Cadaqués is less than an hour away and well worth the visit. In fact, this place is so stunning that I was originally going to write just one Discover Dalí post, but Cadaqués is gorgeous enough to warrant its own discussion. RELATED POST: VISIT THE DALI THEATRE AND MUSEUM IN FIGUERES, SPAIN How to Get to Cadaqués To get to Cadaqués, you have to go through winding mountain…

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