Best Life-Changing Trips

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From Africa to Antarctica, these amazing trips promise to be life-changing.

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.

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