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Cerro Machu Picchu, Peru
The longest and hardest hike in the Sanctuario Historico Machu Picchu is up Montaña Machu Picchu, also called Cerro Machu Picchu. This towering mountain that is rarely in photographs is behind the ruins and the photogenic Huayna Picchu. Like its...
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Peru
To celebrate my husband's 40th birthday, I planned a trip to Peru for the two of us, scheduling our itinerary so we would spend the day of his actual birthday at the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. I wanted him to always be able to remember exactly...
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After spending the day with our wonderful local guide learning about the history and spirituality of this scared Inca ruin, we decided to hike up to the Sun Gate to see how the ancient Incas arrived. On our way up, it started to drizzle, then...
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Arriving at the gate at 6:30am, I was extremley excited to see and explore this amazing place. I have been planning this trip for over ten years and the moment was finally here! After entering, the entire mountain range and ruins were covered in a...
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Huayna Picchu, Peru
It’s all uphill. 2,100 steps, give or take a few. With lungs clamoring for air, it’s hard to remember to count. Downhill isn’t any easier. After your legs propel you up the narrow, stone steps, mercifully on the shady side of the mountain, they...
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Avenida Ferrocarril S/N, Sacred Valley, Urubamba 08660, Peru
Book your VistaDome ride and Machu Picchu entrance in advance through the Tambo del Inka travel service, T’ikariy. Your tickets will be delivered to your room. The morning of your trip, board PeruRail’s Vistadome train from the property’s private...
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Sacsayhuaman, Peru
Yes, the Inca Trail is the ultimate way to reach Machu Picchu. It's allegedly this wonderful, spiritual and trying journey to the top at which point you reach Machu Picchu and it's magical. Unfortunately for us, we were on a rather tight schedule...
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La Catedral is actually three churches in one, each of which are exquisite. It is decorated in the Baroque style, with more gilt and gold trimming than you can imagine. In order to convert the Incan people to Catholicism, the Spanish used symbols...
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Cusco, Peru
Staying in a hotel in Cuzco, my wife and I got to examine the famed Inca stonework up close; one of the walls in our room was composed of the original Inca foundation--interlocking stones fit so precisely, without mortar, built with no metal...
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Santa Catalina Ancha 398, Cusco 08000, Peru
I've never seen so many varieties of pisco in my life. Bottles of the Peruvian liquor line the wall behind the bar, while colorful murals detailing the history of pisco cover the remaining walls. El Museo del Pisco is the perfect place to taste...
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Located on one of the many streets that wind off of La Plaza de San Blas, Cafe Loco is a tiny cafe, boasting only one small room with four tables. However, the giant window, which looks out over the city of Cuzco, is absolutely breathtaking, and...
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If you wander around the San Blas neighborhood of Cuzco, you're bound to stumble upon a few of the Tallers, or local artisan gallery and shops. Generally, you walk into a beautiful outdoor courtyard which various rooms open into. One of the rooms...
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The Centro Historico de Cusco, Cusco's City Square, is continually ranked as one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It's no wonder why, with layers of rich Spanish colonial architecture atop Incan walls and ruins. Each Sunday in the...
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The courtyard of a working monastery in the heart of Cusco city. The monastery houses an art collection as well as Incan structures.
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La Estrella, Cusco, Peru
Here's where I wish I had extra money to spend with the gorgeous blankets and housewares made by local women. Don't miss all the potatoes piled up - the region is known for potato dishes and there are about 100 different varieties on display....
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Cusco, Peru
This is another Incan site outside of Cusco, known for its canals, waterfalls and aquaducts. The water from this fountain is as clean and delicious as you could ask for.
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Triunfo 393, Cusco 08000, Peru
I just returned from an exploration of Peru. While the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu were very inspiring and captivating, my favorite experience was a local cooking class at A Mi Manera Restaurant in Cusco. We met our local guide, Marcos,...
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Cusco, Peru
I really felt the high altitude here and had to stop few feet and catch my breath but you'll get the best view of Cusco if you climb up and over the actual ruins. The ruins themselves date to the 1400's and are called "Sexy Woman Ruins" by most...