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Machu Picchu, Peru

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By now, the idea of being inspired by Machu Picchu is practically cliché. But
the reality is that this ancient site, improbably balanced on a green-carpeted
ridge, still imbues a sense of wonder. No longer the overgrown lost city that
explorer Hiram Bingham located a century ago this year, the ruins now draw
visitors in droves by bus, train, and foot. Trekkers on the Inca Trail pass
through the Intipunku (the Sun Gate) at sunrise, but head there when it clears
out by late morning and you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape in peace. Get
more insider advice for demystifying
Machu Picchu
.

Best Life-Changing Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

By now, the idea of being inspired by Machu Picchu is practically cliché. But
the reality is that this ancient site, improbably balanced on a green-carpeted
ridge, still imbues a sense of wonder. No longer the overgrown lost city that
explorer Hiram Bingham located a century ago this year, the ruins now draw
visitors in droves by bus, train, and foot. Trekkers on the Inca Trail pass
through the Intipunku (the Sun Gate) at sunrise, but head there when it clears
out by late morning and you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape in peace. Get
more insider advice for demystifying
Machu Picchu
.

David Noton Photography / Alamy

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