The question I hear most when I'm traveling or right after I get home is, "Where's your next big trip?" I have several jaunts in mind, but the one I'm most excited about is my first trip to Peru and Bolivia in 2023. South America often gets overlooked for Europe, even though the jet lag to fly south is less taxing, and it's closer than you might think. Machu Picchu has become a pretty popular request here lately, and I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself! I'm dreaming of standing right where that woman in the photo is, but there are different ways to get there....
Excerpt below from 5/25/2018 Susan Hanson's article that originally appeared in June 2018 Virtuoso Traveler can be found HERE.
The fifteenth-century citadel – a series of plazas, terraces, and stone structures shrouded in cloud forest in Peru’s Andes Mountains – is one of the finest examples of Inca architecture. Visitors can access the mystical city on a 3.5-hour train ride from Cuzco or via a multiday hike on the Inca Trail.
Both modes definitely require some planning, which is where a Virtuoso travel advisor is key. Only 500 travelers per day can embark on the Inca Trail, and strict new entrance rules mandated by Peru’s government in 2017 mean that all visitors must be accompanied by an official guide and adhere to specific entrance times. No matter how you get there… little prepares you for Machu Picchu’s magnificence.
Take the Train to Machu Picchu
Guests of the 50-room explora Valle Sagrado get reserved seating in one of PeruRail’s panoramic glass-roofed train cars for the ride to Machu Picchu. Back at the lodge, housed in a sleek wood hacienda overlooking a corn plantation, you’ll stay busy on guided hiking and biking excursions to the surrounding villages and mountains. Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 hotel boutique credit.
Hike to Machu Picchu
Your travel advisor can craft a custom Machu Picchu exploration, including a private hiking and camping adventure on the Inca Trail. The trek is challenging – and altitude can be a struggle – but rewards come in the form of stunning scenery, inspiring moments, and some serious bragging rights.
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