Experience Cusco, Peru, Like Arie Luyendyk Jr. on ‘The Bachelor’
Break in those hiking boots because it’s time to get moving in Cusco, Peru!
Located in the Andes, Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) attracts millions of visitors each year, who fly here to see one of the most wondrous and spectacular places in the world: Machu Picchu. Cusco once served as the capital of the long-gone Incan Empire, the ruins and archaeological and architectural achievements of which are top reasons to visit.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. traveled to the Sacred Valley on Season 22 of “The Bachelor” on his journey for love, and here’s how you can have a similar trip.
You’ll have stunning views everywhere you turn when you stay in Cusco. For a mix of modern and traditional, book a room at JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. Enjoy breakfast outside on their stone courtyard and dine on traditional Peruvian cuisine at one of their restaurants.
Whether you’re here to adventure or relax, this hotel in the heart of Cusco will feel like the ideal escape.
One-on-One Date: I Love You So Machu
Hiking Machu Picchu better sit in the top spot of your Cusco bucket list, so get to it! Hopefully you purchased your PeruRail tickets way in advance. If so, lace up your boots, pack up your backpack, and prepare for your three-hour-and fifteen-minute train ride.
When you arrive at the Sacred Valley, start your hikes on one of the many trails. You can even get a guided tour of the areas. Machu Picchu was constructed sometime in the 15th century, though its exact purpose remains a mystery. Hold on to your date’s hand as you stare at the past’s magnificence while paving the way for your future together.
One-on-One Date: Arm-in-Arm in Plaza de Armas
Today is the day to wander around downtown Cusco and see the vestiges of the Incan Empire. Start your day in the heart of the city at Plaza de Armas, which once acted as a main gathering place for Incans.
After taking it all in, keep walking around the city and stop at the Centro Artesenal Cusco where you can pick up some souvenirs for yourselves and loved ones. Once you’ve found your desired trinkets, continue walking to Plaza San Blas. Be sure to stop along the way and try local treats, like cocoa, donuts and corn beer. The food will be just as sweet as the day you’re having so far!
While you and your love meander through the city, don’t be surprised if you see some alpacas around. The furry animals are native to Peru, and there’s a large likelihood you’ll meet some artisans weaving and dying alpaca fur.
Take those fun memories with you to dinner at Casa Catargeña and toast to your unforgettable time in the city.
When the time comes, you and your love will be ever so sad to alpaca your bags and head home.