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Stories and Tips Machu Picchu

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Inca Trail, Cuzco and Machu Picchu

Written by theartemis on 10 Nov, 2006

I climbed up to Machu Picchu. That was an experience of a lifetime and I don't regret one aching step. We started out by spending two days in Lima visiting the regional archaeological museum, a beautiful Catholic church and spending time in the main plaza.…Read More


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Aguas Calientes, just below Machu Picchu

Written by the Xplorer on 21 Jan, 2001

Aguas Calientes is the small town that services the ruins of Machu Picchu. It is a 30-minute bus ride up from the village to the entrance of the ruins. Almost everyone has to arrive to Aguas Calientes via train, so the entire town…Read More


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A Train Journey to Machu Picchu

Written by Shady Ady on 09 Sep, 2006

Travelling to Machu Picchu, you aren’t really given that many choices. The Inca Trail is obviously the favourite of choices, but as only 200 people, including the guides and porters, are allowed on the trail each day, places can be booked up almost a year…Read More


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Machu Picchu

Written by Zeke111 on 21 Aug, 2005

Honestly, there is not much to say here. The beauty of this place speaks for itself. But I do have some recommendations to get the most out of your experience here. 1. Make sure the group you are going with is actually going to…Read More


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Ollantayambo

Written by Zeke111 on 21 Aug, 2005

Ollantayambo is another amazing city in the Sacred Valley, and our last stop before Machu Picchu. It was at this great city that Manco Inca, the last great Incan ruler, made his stand against the Spanish conquistadors. The city itself is built on…Read More


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Cusco: Capital of the Incas

Written by Zeke111 on 21 Aug, 2005

Cusco is a stark contrast from the dirty hustle of Lima. It is the second largest city in Peru and the capital city of the ancient Incan empire. Located at 11,000 feet, this Andean city is the doorway to the Quechuan culture of…Read More


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There's suckers (with money) on every bus!!!

Written by Kez on 26 Apr, 2002

At the end of a long day walking over the ruins when you finally subside onto that seat on the bus you are elated and satisfied and feeling so good about the day. As the bus winds it way back down on the mountain, doubling back…Read More


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Love those Llamas

Written by the Xplorer on 21 Jan, 2001

The Andes have a monopoly on Llamas. Your trip to Machu Picchu will no doubt bring you face to face with an adorable llama. Standing about eyelevel, it is said they will spit at you if provoked, like a camel. If you…Read More


Perus Violent History

Written by stevepage on 31 Jul, 2002

The first inhabitants of Peru are believed to be in around 12000BC but settlements did not start to occur in any great number until nearer 4000BC. Little is known of early inhabitants and by the late 14th Century / early 15th the Inca dominated the…Read More


The Little Runner that Could

Written by jemery on 25 Jun, 2001

The road from the Visitor Center at the ruins winds down the mountain in a long series of sharp reverse curves. A small Native boy --- maybe 10-11 years old --- met our bus at the apex of the first turn. Smiling and waving…Read More


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