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10 things you should know before visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Permits? Check. Hiking gear? Check. Passport? Check. If you're planning to book a trip to Peru, looked at the different ways to reach Machu Picchu and feel ready to go then think again. We've put together ten handy points you should know before you set of on your big Peruvian adventure.

1. You don't need to hike to visit Machu Picchu

Whenever there's mention of visiting the iconic Machu Picchu, it's natural to assume there's only one way to get there. Through...

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Obtaining an Inca Trail Permit

This week, the Peruvian government has released the permits for Inca Trail treks running between March and December 2015. Permits often sell out several months in advance, so it’s best to book as early as possible, especially if you’re planning to do the trek in the peak season from June to August. Get the low-down on how to reserve your place here.

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Reaching Machu Picchu on the Inca Trek

Early start this morning. Woken up at 3.30am. We were all packed and fed much earlier than planned so we headed off at 4.05am. First stop was the check point which was only a short walk away. We arrived to find we were the first ones there. Opening time was 5.30am so we had a bit of a wait. Meanwhile lots and lots of people joined the queue behind us.

We then had a walk of about an hour to reach the sun gate overlooking Macchu Picchu. We pretty much legged it as we were determined to be...

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Celebrate 100 years of mysterious Machu Picchu

As the peak season for visiting the mystical Inca ruins at Machu Picchu approaches, this year will also mark the centennial anniversary of the ‘discovery’ of the Lost City by American historian Hiram Bingham. This anniversary heralds a great opportunity to explore this latest world wonder yourself.

In 1911 Bingham had been searching the area for another Inca city when, as the story goes, a young Quechua boy led him up the slope to Macchu Picchu. Long...

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