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Highlights of Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

02 Dec
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Highlights of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu
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Highlights of Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Anna is a Spanish student at AMAUTA Peru and participated in the Spanish & Excursion Program AMAUTA offers in partnership with Dos Manos Peru Travel.

Anna is 31 years old and works in Berlin. Part of her program was the Inca jungle Trek, a 4 day trek through the Peruvian wilderness to the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu.

In this blog, she shares her experiences and recommendations for people who want to combine jungle, adventure and adrenaline activities in Peru. Here a day-to -day report and the highlights of this great hike to Machu Picchu.

10 things You Didn’t Know about Machu Picchu

22 Aug
10 things you Didn’t Know about Machu Picchu
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10 Things you Didn’t Know about Machu Picchu

10 things you didn’t know about Machu Picchu. Of course, you know Machu Picchu it’s one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders.

You also probably know it was a sacred religious site for Inca leaders of Peru, and that it lay hidden to the outside world for hundreds of years until American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911.

Even though thousands of travelers tramp through Machu Picchu every year, this mysterious site nearby the Inca Town Cusco still holds a few secrets you probably didn’t know.

Below is a list of some cool Machu Picchu facts: 10 things you Didn’t Know about Machu Picchu!

What you didn’t know about going to Machu Picchu by train

13 May
What you didn’t know about going to Machu Picchu by train
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What you didn’t know about going to Machu Picchu by train

If you are travelling in Peru and the moment has come that you have to decide about how to go to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, you have several options on how to get there. All depart from the beautiful city of Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu. There are treks, and trains.  This blog will tell you What you didn’t know about going to Machu Picchu by train.

But first about trekking to Machu Picchu. There is of course, the famous Inca Trail, an amazing experience. But  want to do this beautiful trek, you have to book it several months in advance. The traditional Inca Trail is almost always sold out because it is so popular.  If the Inca Trail is sold out and you still want to do a trek to Machu Picchu, there are other options: the Inca jungle trek and the Salkantay trek. These are different routes through the stunning landscapes of Peru with Machu Picchu as final destination.


Trek or Train to Machu Picchu, which should you take?

05 Mar
Trek or Train – Which should you take to Machu Picchu
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Train or Trek to Machu Picchu: which should you take?

No trip to Peru is complete without visiting its most recognizable landmark – Machu Picchu.

But what’s best for your visit:  Trek or Train to Machu Picchu:  which should you take?


Machu Picchu Facts

First a quick overview with some Machu Picchu facts. Because the Spanish never discovered Machu Picchu during their conquest, it is one of the most well-preserved Inca sites. Most archaeologists believe Machu Picchu, which means “old mountain” in Quechua, was built as a resort for the Inca emperor Pachacutec and the location held sacred religious significance because of the surrounding landscape.

Construction began around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, but the city was abandoned, still unfinished, just over 100 years later during the Spanish conquest. American historian Hiram Bingham “rediscovered” the city in 1911 and brought it to international attention. Since then Machu Picchu has been declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in a worldwide internet poll in 2007, it was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; it is Peru’s most popular tourist destination.


Machu Picchu Tours by train

So you’re definitely visiting Machu Picchu when you are in Cusco and Peru. But what is the best Machu Picchu Tour for you? How do you get there?

There are basically two options:  1) do a Machu Picchu Tour, or 2) do a Machu Picchu Hike.

In other words: you either take the train, or you go on a trek. If you don’t have much time in Peru, or you think sleeping in a tent sounds like a nightmare, the train is the way to go.

There are three trains to Machu Picchu:

  • The Expedition train. The least expensive but still comfortable, with large side and overhead windows;
  • The Vistadome train.Which has leather seats and more leg room, and includes a snack and an Andean dance show; and
  • The Hiram Bingham train. One of the best trains in the world, it provides a first-class experience that includes welcome aperitifs, wine, on-board entertainment, a tour guide and tea time in Machu Picchu.