If you are looking to go trekking in Peru or if you want to tackle the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu you are bound to end up in Cusco, the Peruvian center of trekking. From Cusco, you don’t only have access to doing the Classic Inca Trail, the Short Inca Trail, but also classics like the greater Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek, and even Rainbow Mountain is around the corner. Cool, so Cusco is the trekking Mecca of Peru, but how do you get there? We get this question a lot and we want to help you on your way to find your next bucket list experience in Peru. ¡Vamos!
On the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, you can see a big rainbow flag welcoming visitors. No, this flag is not there to make a stand for LGBTQ rights. It is, in fact, that flag of the city of Cusco. The flag has been in use since the late 70s and Cusqueños, the inhabitants of Cusco, are very proud of it. Indigenous populations make up about 40% of the Peruvian population and although they have had and are having a hard time in Peru, this flag constantly reminds the city and its inhabitants that solidarity and identity will prevail. There is, however, more to it. It is said that the same or a similar flag has been used by the Inca empire and although historians have disputed this, it is a widely respected symbol of Cusco and the Andean Region.