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The iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuOne destination stealing every intrepid traveller’s heart is Machu Picchu in Peru, the famous hilltop ruins of a large 15th century Inca city.

Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). (Even though it is not its own country, if you bring your passport to the gates of the Machu Picchu site, staff will give you a stamp for your collection).

The iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (once reserved for Inca nobility) is often described as both magical and challenging. Undoubtably the pilgrimage to the lost city will be one of the best trips you will ever take!

5 Reasons to Go To Machu Picchu

  1. Perurail

Take Perurail’s Vistadome trains to Ollantaytambo where your trip to spectacular Machu Picchu begins. Be amazed by the huge windows that crawl up the sides of your rail carriage and curl around the roof. Just what you need to take in the amazing view of those amazing mountains!

  1. Hearts Cafe in Ollantaytambo

The idyliic village of Ollantaytambo is described as the base camp of Machu Picchu and Hearts Cafe is where all travellers gather to grab a quick bite.

  1. Aguas Calientes

A great pit stop before climbing to Machu Picchu is the town of Aguas Calientes. It’s name means hot water in Spanish which is fitting as the town is built on top of natural hot springs, which run through the town into little hot tubs that stay open late at night.

  1. Cusco

Exploring the cobblestoned streets of Cusco is quite the adventure. Its market has everything from real silver at real (affordable) prices to textiles and masks. If you get hungry on your walk you’ll find street food on every corner, including tamales, choclo (corn) and even cuy – a local delicacy of Andean guinea pig. Cusco is also where you can visit the Inca sun temple of Coricancha.

  1. Llamas

You’ll discover them everywhere!

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