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Reservations are required (far in advance) to trek the Inca Trail in the footsteps of Inca rulers. Guides lead trips of two days to a week.
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You’ll be able to shoot your own version of the famous photos of the site by climbing to the Guard House, which overlooks the main area of the ruins.
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Advance booking is essential for the strenuous climb to this summit, but the effort is worth the condor’s-eye panorama of all of Machu Picchu.
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When packing for your trip, don't overpack. Light travel is much more enjoyable. These travel tips help eliminate items you don't need to keep your luggage in check.
Don’t have time for the Inca Trail? An ascent to the famed Sun Gate offers the view that the Incas saw at the end of their journeys 500 years ago.
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Love trains? Scroll through to see Grand Central Station and 7 more rail stations that are known for their history and architecture.
It’s a bit of a walk from Aguas Calientes, but Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón helps you understand aspects of Machu Picchu’s origins and meaning.
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Learn easy packing tips for TSA rules and regulations with this airport security information.
Spectacular Inca ruins and opportunities to learn about contemporary Quechua culture abound in this attractive, historic community in the Sacred Valley.
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