Cusco, Peru’s most historic city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with domed churches and ancient, pedestrian-only cobblestone streets.
Once an Incan capital, Cusco sits at an altitude of 11,200 feet and has clear, sunny days. Colonial structures have been converted into hip restaurants, shops and even homes. The historic centro is surrounded by a vibrant, modern city.
The nearby Sacred Valley lies below snow-capped mountains with villages and several pre-Columbian ruins, including Machu Picchu. Superfoods, like chia seeds, quinoa and maca, are inexpensive and plentiful. A retired couple could enjoy a good life on $ 1,700 a month, expats report.