CUSCO, Peru — If you see a red plastic bag waving on a stick like a flag, it’s a signal the chicha is ready. The sacred drink of the Incas, chicha is a fermented corn beer many locals brew themselves in and around the Cusco region of Peru. Finding and tasting chicha is just one of the many diversions travelers can embrace on the road to Machu Picchu, Peru’s most famous attraction.
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the arrival of American explorer Hiram Bingham at Machu Picchu. A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu recently beat out the great pyramid of Giza in the Huffington Post’s “1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Your Most Desired Vacation Destination” poll as the No. 1 choice of readers.