Being originally from Peru I’ve always wanted to visit Cusco and of course Machu Picchu and I finally got the chance to visit this May after turning a family visit into the travel adventure I’ve always wanted. We spent a total of five days in Cusco which included a visit to Machu Picchu. I have to stress if you’re planning to go you need at least seven days to be comfortable and enjoy seeing everything at your own pace. The climate is very humid and whilst the days are very warm the evenings and nights are very cold so make sure to take a parka and some warm clothing. Cusco is very beautiful and the streets and houses have such pretty wooden balconies and the different cathedrals are all so wonderfully well kept. The beauty is in the historical sights – some are incredibly surreal that you can’t imagine how they even got there on the first place. The incas were an incredible clever group of people; seeing Machu Picchu in person was something so unreal, a place I recommend you visit at least once this lifetime. I also climbed the Hauynapicchu mountain which is the mountain you see in the background of all the iconic Machu Picchu pictures. Now that was the most complicated thing I’ve ever done in my whole life. I didn’t think it was going to be so demanding and I certainly could have done with some training but nevertheless when I got to the top I never felt prouder that I achieved something like that.