Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu was deemed the ‘Lost City’ until its relatively recent discovery in 1911.

Machu Picchu, Peru
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One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu was deemed the ‘Lost City’ until its relatively recent discovery in 1911. Nestled on a hilltop in the middle of the Andean Mountain Range, 7,000 feet above sea level, there are two main ways to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco. PeruRail runs the only train which takes you to Aguas Calientes, a town about seven kilometres from the ruins. You have the option to make your journey more leisurely by staying the night here and allowing yourself extra time to explore this majestic ancient city.

For those more daring, you may choose to arrive on foot following the Inca Trail, as the archaeologists and historians did in 1911. You can choose between many different types of treks into Machu Picchu, ranging from a six-hour hike to the full 80km journey from Cusco. 

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    25th Jan 2014
    Have you seen a picture of Hotel de Salto, also known as Tequendama Falls ?
    27th Jan 2014
    I went to Machu Picchu about three years ago and it was even better than I had imagined. I went to Colca Canyon to see the Condors first which is at a greater altitude than Machu Picchu so I was a little more used to the thin air when I finally got there. This made it more manageable to scramble about the site.
    As I was in my mid sixties, I didn't consider trekking the Inca Trail but you still need to be fairly fit and agile to do it the easy way.
    Cusco itself is well worth a stopover as is Arequipa on route to Colca Canyon. If time and money permit, consider a flight over the Nasca Lines while you are in Peru. There is a 3 day tour from Lima but you need to book the flight before you leave OZ as they are booked up well in advance.
    27th Jan 2014
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