So you want to climb Huayna Picchu? Well get ready, because it’s not for the faint of heart! Also referred to as Wayna Picchu, this formidable mountain overlooks the ruins of Machu Picchu, a world wonder, and offers a unique vantage point as you hike 8,900 feet into the clouds. The price of admission? Aside from an extra $20 or so, you pay for the view with a 1 1/2 to 2 hour trek through wilderness, in high…

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Cusco is the city that takes your breath away–literally. At over 11,000 feet,the elevation takes some getting used to but most people don’t stick around for more than 24 hours on route to Machu Picchu. I based myself out of Cusco for three of my five nights and it was a beautiful city. Tucked away in the Andes mountains with charming colonial architecture, it’s no wonder UNESCO named the city a World Heritage Site. The flight…

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If you’re heading to Machu Picchu to knock a World Wonder off your bucket list, you can’t leave without seeing some of the amazing sites in the surrounding Sacred Valley. 1) Ollantaytambo With more than 200 steps, this archeological site is not for the faint of heart. Formerly an Incan fortress, today guests can visit the Temple of the Sun at the top and stop by the Magic Fountain on the way back down, where the flow of…

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Can you do Machu Picchu in one day? Of course you can! I did Machu Picchu and the surrounding Sacred Valley in just 5 days, so it is doable. Granted, if you want to hike the Inca Trail, you’ll need that time alone just for your camping expedition. But you can get the full experience of the site without roughing it for days beforehand to get there, and here’s how! The first thing you need to do is…

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