The Sacred Valley of the Incas was by far the part of Peru that impressed me the most. There is something magical about the whole region, like it’s stuck in time. From the narrow cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo to the Maras salt mines and the unique circular ruins at Moray, there’s enough to keep anyone with an interest in Inca culture occupied for days.
The region’s big draw is obviously the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel that dates back to the 15th century. It’s not the easiest of places to reach, especially when on a budget, but it’s undeniably worth it. It has many areas to explore and several views to enjoy but the one of the ruins with the picturesque Huayna Picchu in the back is the most popular for a reason.