Hidden corners of the world reveal destinations that offer experiences far beyond the tourist traps we are used to.
If you are seeking a cultural experience with unforgettable scenic treasures then there is one city you have to see.
Among emerald green tree tops and mysterious antique relics your next big adventure awaits – and you never even knew it was there until now!
The Pumamarca is located in Peru and can be reached by hiking trails from the popular town of Ollantaytambo.
Ollantaytambo is a common thoroughfare to reach Machu Picchu, so it is often bustling with backpack wearers and rich thrill seekers alike – all walking right by the trail head of the valleys they never knew they would miss.
Most travelers think Machu Picchu is the prime destination spot of the Incas but their footprint is placed on so many more majestic regions in Peru.
Nearly 12,000 feet above sea level the primitive stone line of Pumamarca emerges out of greenery and exotic wildlife, showing a mossy green carpet only nature can create.
The archaeological site gives a glimpse into the past, dating back to around 900 AD.
According to Conde Naste Traveler, you can find “towering fortress walls” and “ceremonial spaces” among the ruins.
Some of the surrounding sites show evidence of civilizations pre-dating the Incas such as the Killke, Qotacalla, Wari, Tiwanaku, and Chanapata.
While the Incan salt mines of Maras and the hilltop citadel of Pisac are sought out after Machu Picchu is checked off the itinerary, they are not the only gems in the crown.
And despite the other Incan areas to explore, “People hardly request this,” says Marisol Mosquera, the Peruvian founder of Aracari Travel, reports Condé Nast Traveler.
Mosquera shares how tourists looking for an itinerary that doesn’t include Manchu Picchu are typically only those who have already been there before.
And if you are brave enough to try something new, you will not only experience Peru in a unique and authentic way…
…you will bypass much of the events that are bound to put a hole in your wallet.
We call that a double win.
And according to Megan Spurrell, from Condé Nast Traveler, staying out of the corral of travelers gives you the opportunity to talk with the locals rather than rushing by them to beat the horde of guests at the famous entrances.
Stay at the beloved El Albergue Ollantaytambo, which Trip Advisor gives 4.5 stars, and then head to Don Dante Restaurante to get a fresh salad sure to have local passion fruit on top.
If you are looking for a destination that you can wow a crowd at a dinner party with stories of the past (and give you phenomenal Instagram pics no one else has) then Ollantaytambo is the spot for you.
The cultural experience of venturing off the beaten path will be one you will never forget.
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