9 high-altitude cities worth a visit

Elevate your travel experiences.

From Cusco’s vibrant rooftops to Bhutan’s fortified monasteries, these high-altitude cities will whisk you through steep mountain passes, medieval palaces, and colonial towns. Here are nine high-altitude cities that will elevate your travel experience. (Explore 25 of the world most iconic mountains.)

This list originally appeared in the book The World's Best Cities. This story was published in 2014 and updated in 2019.