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10 things you should know before visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru, South America, Inca Trail Trek

Decided to take on the epic trek of Machu Picchu? Well, like all good things in life it doesn’t come easy! One of the most incredible (and popular!) adventures on the planet, definitely requires a little preparation. So, you’ve got your permit? Check. Hiking gear? Check. Passport? Check! Now, what else...There’s always a few things which don’t cross your mind when taking on a...

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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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