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The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Known as one of the wonders of the world, Peru's ancient Incan civilization of Machu Picchu is incomparable with majesty. On a recent journey with PureQuest Adventures and Lima Tours, my journey began in Lima and proceeded to Cusco, before trekking 40 miles through the mountains on the Salkantay Trail. Add this trek to your experience; it makes your arrival to Machu Picchu even more satisfying.
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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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Plazoleta Nazarenas 337, Cusco 08000, Peru
A dedicated national monument dating back to 1592, this former monastery sits on Inca stone foundations, which were later topped by plenty of Spanish colonial flourishes. Evidence of the hotel’s history is everywhere you look, from the rich...
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If you're up for an adventure of a lifetime, add Peru's Salkantay Trek to your "must do" list. On a recent adventure with Pure Quest Adventures and Lima Tours, we traversed 40 miles through mountain passes and trails on the Salkantay trail before...
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Plazoleta Nazarenas 223, Cusco 08000, Peru
Like its nearby sister, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a hotel with ancient roots: the onetime private residence-turned-convent—and now turned hotel—has original Inca walls and colonial-era frescoes.

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There are several paths to Machu Picchu: you can take the train and bus to reach this historic site, or you can have an adventure with a memorable and more scenic route like the Salkantay Trek. With Pure Quest Adventures and Lima Tours, the...
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After three days of hiking 40 miles through the Peruvian Andes on the Salkantay Trek with PureQuest Adventures and Lima Tours, we reached a most scenic lunch spot: Llaqtapata Lodge. A stunning view of Machu Picchu lies just across the valley, and...
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Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Peru
Set on 12 lush, cloud-forested acres next to the Urumbamba River, this eco-resort (a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World) is practically a destination in and of itself. Here, 83 rustic-but-chic, whitewashed adobe casitas...
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Peru
The reason most come to Aguas Calientes, or maybe even Peru at all, is Machu Picchu. The world-renowned Incan site, perched high above town amid dramatic mountains, is one of the best ways to appreciate the Quechua people’s greatness, since...
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Before embarking on the Salkantay Trek with PureQuest Adventures and Lima Tours, get to know the city of Lima like a local with a Peruvian Market Tour. Enter a world of color, and discover fruits and vegetables that you've never seen before.