The water takes on an orange tint due to bacteria rich in beta carotene, the same pigment that gives carrots their hue.


The Huacachina Oasis is a few miles outside of Ica and a major draw for tourists interested in sandboarding and dune buggies.

Peruvian Pacific Coast

This dusty highway along the Peruvian coast is actually part of the Pan-American Highway. An adventurous soul could theoretically follow the highway from South American to Alaska, though in practice the highway is not contiguous and you would have to arrange cargo boat service to cross the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama.

The pristine waters of the highest navigable waterway in the world.


Thousands of mummified remains were found in the mountainside above Pisac. These holes where they previously remained honeycomb the cliff face.

View over the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas).

Huanya Picchu

View from the Huayna Picchu summit looking down at Machu Picchu.

The Huayna Picchu ascent requires scaling ancient staircases and walls in parts. Take caution if the weather is wet as the rocks will be slippery and it is a long way down.