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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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Finding Machu Picchu with Tucan Travel

What's at the top of your bucket list?  If you are among the people who voted for the New 7 Wonders of the World, there is a 1 in 7 chance you would say Machu Picchu.  It was certainly near the top of mine, and enough of a motivating factor for me to plan a week long trip to Peru. Read about the first three days of my tour which took me to the Amazon Jungle here.

Day 4

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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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The Adventures of Zoe and the Inca Trail Trek

I have recently returned from a slightly modified version of Tucan Travel’s Ballestas 1 tour. As I work in the London head office recruiting our tour leaders and drivers, during my trip I am required to also spend a bit of time in our Cuzco office struggling with their Spanish-speaking computers. This means that I don’t conclude my tour in La Paz, in fact I don’t get any further than Cuzco on this particular itinerary. Nonetheless, my experience was definitely something to...

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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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