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What You Need to Know If You Are Visiting Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, voted one of the new seven wonders of the world, is practically synonymous with Peru. This Inca citadel was built during the 15th century, but remained unexplored until 1911 when Hiram Bingham found it in the rainforest. Why it was built and why it was abandoned is still a mystery. Here's what you need to know for your visit, including where to stay and how to get there.
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Machu Pichu, Peru
We were among the first 50 or so people into Machu Picchu in the morning and the fog completely set the scene. It really made you feel like you were in a lost city and helped you understand how it could have been lost for so long.
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Ave Pachacutec, Machu Pikchu, Peru
Be aware that you can only enter Machu Picchu with a pre-purchased ticket, and that you must provide a passport for both purchase and admission. The entrance fee to the ruins is 152 PEN, which equals roughly US$47. You must pay in soles. If you're...
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Aguas Calientes, Peru
Machu Picchu is located just fifty miles from Cusco. However, there is no direct road between the two cities. Unless you're walking the Inca Trail, you'll need to take a train from Cusco. The main operators are Peru Rail and Inka Rail, each of...
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Filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer Vân Nguyen having a tough time climbing Dead Woman's Pass (Warmiwañusca) on the Inca Trail (Camino Inka). It took us four days to hike the 55 mile "Classic Inca Trail." The pass itself is...
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Carretera Hiram Bingham KM 7.5, Machu Picchu, Peru
If you ride the Hiram Bingham and are not staying at the lodge, you can do tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel on site. It's a big spread of sandwiches, fruit, and desserts, along with tea, soft drinks, or coffee. While it's...
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Sendero al Museo, Peru
Machu Picchu is home to a number of artifacts from the Incan Empire. Archaeologists have studied these objects in their efforts to understand the significance of this mountaintop city to the larger Inca culture. The Manuel Chavez Ballón Site...
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Calle Huanacaure 105, Cusco, Peru
Aguas Calientes is packed with restaurants catering to tourists: the offerings are usually very similar, and the prices are often too high for the quality of the food. The Tree House, however, is worth a visit. This restaurant is known for using...
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Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), Aguas Calientes, Peru
Treat yourself to this beautiful hotel at the top. Worth it for the hummingbirds alone!