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Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is virtually synonymous with Peru, and in 2007 it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. There is a reason for this: when you arrive, you encounter a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Andes.

This Inca citadel was built during the 15th century, but remained unexplored until 1911 when explorer Hiram Bingham found it covered by the forest. It is still a mystery why Machu Picchu was built on top of the hill, so far from the seat of the Incan Empire in Cusco. We are also still unsure of the technology used to construct such an impressive feat of engineering in a such harsh location.

If you arrive early in the morning, and on a good day, you can see the sunrise from the sun gate. If you have enough time there, climb Huayna Picchu and enjoy the view from the top. It will take about 1.5 hours each way.
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With all the hype, our trekking group had unanimous worry that this grand UNESCO World Heritage site might not live up to its reputation.

Fear not! It was every bit as magical, mysterious and wonderful as we were hoping. Along the way we saw the primitive ladders and paths used in days gone by. Those intrepid travelers that want to trek to the top on foot still use them today.

New regulations are limiting the crowds and the time period visitors are allowed to stay. Hopefully this will alleviate over tourism and keep the area sustainable.

In the future, it will be a benefit to travelers as long as they make sure to plan ahead with a reliable tour operator such as AdventureSmith Explorations or make sure to obtain the necessary permits on your own. Machu Picchu is one bucket list worthy destination.
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