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  • Great
    Great "National Geographic" Photo Up.
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  • Crowds thin out the further in you walk!
    Crowds thin out the further in you walk!
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Departamento de Cusco Favorites

  • Main Square

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    When exiting the bus station doors you will immediately be bombarded with taxistas, local taxi drivers, offering you the “best” rates to the center of town. Whether you are at an airport or bus station, they are the ones that pay a fee to enter the area so they will always charge you more. After all, “eres el rico”, you’re the rich one, being that...

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  • Timing / Weather

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    We visited Machu Picchu as part of cruisetour which allowed us to arrive on December 18 and leave on December 19 2013. We had two opportunities to visit just in case weather was bad. But we arrived to partly cloudy skies (good...kept the temperature from getting too hot). The site entrance was busy but once we got out into the ruins, the crowds...

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  • Sacred Valley

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    All around the Sacred Valley of Peru, you can still see terraces built during Inca times. Since these terraces continued to be useful after the fall of the Inca Empire in that they allowed cultivation of the steep Andean hillsides and prevented erosion, they have been maintained by the locals for centuries.

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  • Inca Trail

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    Sunset from the Sun Gate. A place of immense energy. I travelled with a small group made up of people of different nationalities. Our guide, Fernando, was great. He had a genuine passion to everything Inca and the Flora and Fauna of the region. Despite the bad publicity of the Inca Trail as one of the most hyped treks in the world, I would...

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  • Touristic Ticket

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    One of the best deals in Cusco is a tourist ticket that gets you into 16 of the most important places of interest in and around Cusco, including some of the major draws in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! In fact, you cannot get into many churches and museums without it. The full ticket costs $22 for adults and $5 for students and children, is...

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  • Information / Sources

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    This place is amazing, it's wonderful and so powerful! Although I thought the path to Machu Picchu would actually be a real path, no just a giant stairway, I think if you take the bus you won't miss anything really ;) I got that virtual guide while i was there, very helpful, it's an app for iPad called "Virtual Series - Machu Picchu", and it has...

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  • Pisac

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    The ruins of Pisaq have a very misthic fame. We went there on a sunday, one of the market days a week to visit the beautiful traditional market. later we climbed up to the ruins of Pisaq from where we´ve had a beautiful view to the village.

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  • Scenery

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    I liked most the beautiful spaces and how the buildings were designed to blend into those spaces. Very natural. It's like nothing I've seen elsewhere. The entire site is what I would show someone, while making sure enough time was set aside to enjoy it in a relaxed way, rather than rushing around as so many do. I'd rest the night before and get...

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  • Ruins

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    We had great weather...partly cloudy and no rain. The entrance was crowded but once you were able to wander in, the crowds thinned out and you could get great photo's. Wonderful and amazing scenery surrounding all the ruins. You can get great photo's the further in you walk and the crowds dissipate.

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  • Aguas Calientes

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    As is noted above, the train gets into Agua Calientes, and then you walk through the bazaar for a few hundred metres before you catch the bus to MP. The bus travels through a long forest before it gets there. The guide gave us a brief description of the locations and various aspects of the ruins before leaving us alone. There is much to see , so i...

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  • Porters

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    If you are going to go on the Inca trail, do the porters a favor and don't bring your big backpack with all your gear from your travels through South America. It's hard work and although they get paid, hopefully decently now that they the authorities are demanding it of the agencies, it is still useless for them to carry somethings that you know...

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  • Sharing

    Machu Picchu Favorites

    Some people, especially experienced backpackers, prefer to trek solo. I am not an experienced backpacker, so I went with an operation. You can arrange to join a group either before your trip, or you can find one when you get to Cusco. The only caveat with the latter is that you're subject to their departure dates which may not match your time...

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  • MACHU PICCHU CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 1st 2010

    Actually Machu Picchu itself is closed, not just the train line from Cusco.I've heard on a few forums that they have actually place guards around the site, and people that had hiked in (via Santa Teresa, I believe) were actually turned away from the site itself.Both Machu Picchu and the railway both sides of it will no be open until April...

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  • Take your time...

    ... to visit this magical place. Cusco isn't a place one should visit in a hurry; the chances are that you won't go back there so why don't you take your time to really enjoy this destination?If you can't spend there at least 5 days you'll regret it.

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  • Visit Tipón, the imposing cultivating...

    Tipón is an archeological site with great terraces and an irrigation system from Inca time that still is in function. The water is spread out on the terraces in a ingenious way, you better have to take a look!Pictures, see my Oropesa-pages:http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/454cc/187664/

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  • Where did the Inca came from?

    Legend has it that the Inca came from the Isla del Sol, Bolivia. Today, this modern tourist attraction is jammed pack with travellers. As modern archeology evolves, so does new theories into the creation of the Inca empire. One new theory suggest that the Inca empire emerge not from Isla del Sol, but from the Pyramid type formation found across...

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