Urubamba Valley, Peru: aka “Yucay Valley,” aka “Sacred Valley,” aka “Holy Crap! Valley.”

Since there aren’t any nonstop flights to Machu Picchu — the Incas were advanced, but not enough to build airports (dammit!) — we had to get there from Cusco by traversing Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Cusco, Peru: Not everyone who lives in the Andes Mountains crashed their airplane.

Incas thought the Andes was the perfect place to build a capital city. Of course, they were hopped up on coca leaves most of the time.

Hot and dry like Los Angeles, Lima, Peru even has LA’s clean, breathable air.

Lima is an amazing, chaotic city with a rich and tragic heritage that I’d highly recommend visiting.