Speaking of Ancient Ruins

July 28, 2011 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Tours & Activities

I am a sucker for ancient ruins. For example, the last time I went to Cancun, I said no thanks to the trip to Xel-Ha in favor of visiting the nearby Mayan ruins. Just thinking about the ingenuity and sweat that went into carving these structures and moving blocks of stone with stone-age technology gives me chills.

Stonehenge has that effect on me, as does Machu Picchu in Peru. Perhaps the most famous of all Incan ruins, Machu Picchu is a spectacular, awesome remnant of a fascinating, long-gone civilization. Machu Picchu’s terraced temples, walls and monuments is the most famous archeological relic in South America, and this formerly “lost” city is a must for archaeology aficionados, hikers and anyone seeking an awe-inspiring locale.

View of Machu Picchu

From Cusco, you can get an all-inclusive tour that takes you by rail car to these fantastic monuments. This day trip includes a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide, too. If this tour isn’t adventurous enough for you, you can take a four-day hiking tour up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Permits are $50, but you’ll also want to hire a guide and rent or purchase equipment.

- Steve Steward

Planning a trip? Browse Viator’s Cusco tours & things to do, top Cusco attractions, and top Cusco travel recommendations. Make sure to check our Inca Trail Tickets & Tours and Machu Picchu Tickets & Tours.

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