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Get "Lost" on a Machu Picchu Vacation

Often referred to as The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu is the perfect place to vacation if you are looking for culture, history, and amazing architecture. It literally means old peak and it stays true to its name. Many people travel there just to see the jagged peaks that rise high above the city which has become a symbol of the Inca Empire. Since its rediscovery in 1911, Machu Picchu tours and vacation packages have increased in popularity with people all over the world.

Taking a trip to Machu Picchu has been primarily about seeing the ruins of this small but extraordinary city. As a completely self contained city, it has astonishing views and natural agriculture that you simply cant see anywhere else in the world. Bird watchers, eco-tourists, and nature lovers come from everywhere to experience this mind-blowing locale.

All Machu Picchu vacations start at some point in Cusco which is in the Southeast Andes of Peru. Usually travelers fly to Lima and then on to Cusco, which will then give them several options for traveling on to Machu Picchu. Most people opt to take the tourist train which takes just under four hours. Another way to travel to and through the city is by way of the Inca Trail. You can hike for either two days or four days depending on your experience level.

When vacationing in Machu Picchu you have two hotel choices, although there are more in the nearby city of Aguas Calientes. Both the Sanctuary Lodge and the Pueblo hotel are very different but very unforgettable. Many vacation packages include stays of up to seven nights in either the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge, or the cottages located right near the ruins at the Pueblo hotel.

The inspiring ruins are best explored with a guide who can truly do them justice. The guide will be able to explain and tell stories about the fauna, history, and people who once settled in this beautiful city.

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