6. Cusco, Peru
The famed capital of the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco has served as a travelers’ mecca for hundreds of years. A place steeped in culture, Cusco is known for its indigenous population—often seen on the streets in their traditional clothing.
Why it’s a great choice:
- Cusco is a stone’s throw away from the “lost” city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
- Home of some of South America’s most fascinating archaeological sites.