In Peru, I drove from Cusco to the Sacred Valley to stay at the Hotel Rio Sagrado. Though I wasn't there long, I now know those visiting have to spend at least one night in the landscape that meant so much to the Inca people and surrounds Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Most visitors, especially those from Lima that come for weekend getaways, spend time indulging their sporty, adventurous sides in the valley with hiking, horseback riding, rafting and more. Because of my short time there, the best I did was a long walk. I explored the local culture, which still feels somewhat undiscovered, even in well-traveled small towns like Pisaq, which has a bustling Sunday market. I also loved a 30-minute stop at Awana Kancha, an exhibition center that shows off local weavers, along with the chance to feed adorable and totally weird llamas and alpacas.