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Peter Terzian headshot

Peter Terzian

Peter Terzian is the features editor of Travel + Leisure, where he has been on staff since 2017. He has been an editor at Elle Decor, Culture and Travel, and Out magazines, as well as Newsday, the Long Island newspaper. He has written for The Paris Review, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Times, and T Magazine, and is the editor of "Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives," which was published by Harper Perennial in 2009.
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The city of Cuzco, our readers’ favorite urban destination in Central and South America, has long been known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. And while the legendary archaeological site is still one of the most visited landmarks in the world, Cuzco is an appealing city with a rich history and beautiful architecture that’s well worth visiting in its own right. Our voters consistently pointed out the excellence of the cuisine. “The Peruvian food was the best in the world,” wrote one respondent. Others called out the wide variety of street food and Paddy’s, which boasts of having the highest elevation of any Irish pub on the planet. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards Over the past year, Rio de Janeiro has been plagued with security concerns, but that didn’t stop readers from voting the Brazilian city into the No. 2 slot.  “Rio is underrated because of the politics and crime,” wrote one. “The people themselves are warm, loving, and gentle. They love to share the beauty of their country. It’s one of my favorite places despite everything.” Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, continues to be a favorite for visitors, who cite the European atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and superb food and wine scene. “Argentina’s economy goes up and down,” wrote one voter, “but the cultural highlights and great steak houses have endured.” Readers continue to be beguiled by Antigua, an intimate city in central Guatemala with a wealth of handsome Spanish-colonial architecture. “All of the cobblestone streets are lined with colorful buildings, shops, museums, cathedrals, and ruins,” wrote one traveler. “If you’re a photographer or a history geek, this place is a must-see.” Read on to see the full list of our readers’ favorite cities in Central and South America, and see how they scored.