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Plan Your Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail Vacation

More and more people are putting Machu Picchu on their bucket lists each year, and it lives up to its fame as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It is indeed a wondrous site to see, so don’t let the need to check off a box on your to-do list get in the way of taking the time to really appreciate it.

If you can, go there by trekking the Inca Trail—sleeping in the Andes, walking on paths that the Incas themselves took to get to this sacred site, and entering at dawn through the Sun Gate is absolutely breathtaking. Take some time as well to relax in Aguas Calientes before rushing back to Cusco. It may not have the same charm as that colonial city, but being nestled among green mountains, not to mention getting a hot shower and massage in after hiking around Machu Picchu, is definitely the icing on the cake.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Discover Ancient Kingdoms Hiram Bingham "discovered" Machu Picchu in 1911. Your first glimpse of the fabled city will be your own discovery, and every bit as exciting.
  2. The Inca Trail The four-day hike of the Inca Trail from near Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu is Peru's best-known outdoor expedition. Spaces fill up quickly, but never fear tour operators have opened up some alternative treks.
  3. Amazing Inca Technology It was the 15th century, yet the Inca made the stones fit perfectly without mortar. The sun illuminates the windows at the solstice, and the crops grow in an inhospitable climate. And they did it all without bulldozers, tractors, or Google Earth.
  4. Mystery Mystics, shamans, spiritualists, astrologers, and UFO spotters, professionals and wannabes, flock to this serene region to contemplate history's secrets.
  5. Majestic Scenery The area’s stunning mountain landscapes surround you.

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When To Go

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