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Hiking Machu Picchu

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Most tourists to Machu Picchu arrive by train in the morning, spend 3-5 hours at the ruins and leave by train in the afternoon. But travelers in the know, who really want to experience the spirit of Machu Picchu and all it has to offer, stay overnight in town and spend at least a full day in the area. This collection of hikes will allow you to experience not only the the ruins of the main complex, but all the different facets of the Incan ceremonial center of Machu Picchu.
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Camino Inca, Peru
Intipunku, the Sun Gate, takes approximately one hour to reach. It is a mildly sloping trail but all up so you will be breathing heavy the entire way. There are some small ruins about halfway up the trail, but the point of this hike is to reach...
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Huayna Picchu, Peru
Huayna Picchu is the landmark peak at Machu Picchu from which the classic, shot-from-above postcard photos are typically taken. While the views are spectacular, of course, the trail is not easy, studded with precarious, sometimes uneven stone...
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Machu Pichu, Peru
This month marks the hundred-year-anniversary of the "re-discovery" of this Inca citadel by Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu deserves its clichés--'place of a lifetime,' 'bucket-list destination'...'mystical'...'amazing'... Sometimes, it's okay...
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The hike to Templo de la Luna is one that is often overlooked by travelers to Machu Picchu. Most visitors want to climb Huayna Picchu mountain, so they purchase the extra ticket. But included with that ticket is the chance to hike to the Templo de...
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Putucusi, Peru
Putucusi is a member of the chain of the mountains which includes Machu Picchu that makes a great day hike. This hike is not for the faint of heart though, because the first third of the 3-4 hour journey is not actually a hike at all, but a climb...