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.
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
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