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Naked Tourists and New Restrictions at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Some silly news from Machu Picchu—on the growing trend of foreign visitors stripping down for photo-ops—led us to more important news regarding the ancient Incan citadel: To combat overcrowding (of clothed and unclothed tourists) the Peruvian government has announced new regulations for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What's in store for travelers to the ancient citadel? According to a policy draft obtained by local newspaper Peruvian Times, here are some of the major changes:

• Everyone must visit the site with a guide
• Guides must follow three official circuits through the ruins
• Visitors can spend no more than three to five minutes at key points, including the temples of the Sun and Condor
• (And, yes, nudity is still strictly prohibited)

The T+L Take? New regulations are certainly needed to cope with the ridiculous overcrowding—for the benefit of travelers and of the fragile site itself. It's hard to contemplate the sacredness of Machu Picchu when sharing the peak with 4,000 other tourists. That said, these and other recent regulations harm the visitor experience by all but eliminating the possibility for self-reflection. If seeing one of the New Wonders of the World is on your to-do list, by all means venture to Machu Picchu. If contemplating Incan ingenuity and the meaning of life is what you're after, opt for the less-visited but no-less inspiring sites Llactapata and Choquequirao.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team.

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Classical Music Comes to Cincinnati

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati is rightly admired for its rich cultural life—art museums, theaters, summer opera as well as the annual May Festival, devoted to choral music.  It also has one of the country’s leading symphony orchestras and in one of the biggest gets in the classical music world appointed Louis Langrée as its new music director. 

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Public Artist Stephen Powers' New Book Launches at the Strand

A Love Letter to the City

For the last few days, the public artist Stephen Powers has been leaving his mark on New York’s Strand bookstore—as he says, “sneaking around the aisles and painting little love letters to reading and writing.” It’s all to celebrate the launch of his book, A Love Letter to the City (Princeton Architectural Press; $24.95), a collection of essays, sketches, and vibrant photos of his works from Coney Island and his hometown of Philadelphia to Dublin, São Paolo, and Johannesburg.

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New Book "Tokyo Adorned" Celebrates Japanese Street Style

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The phenomenon of Japanese street style his inspired immeasurable fascination among academics, fashion enthusiasts, and travelers alike. For New York-based photographer and filmmaker Thomas C. Card—it was a calling.

Tokyo Adorned, Card’s new book, available starting this week, is the result of months of pre-production planning; weeks spent roaming the city’s streets scouting girls; and hours upon hours of studio time photographing each individual.

What began as a study of how subjects fit into Tokyo’s various “fashion tribes” soon developed into a broader examination of style.

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A Bollywood Spectacular Comes to New Jersey

As the synchronized jingle of a dozen anklets claimed center stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center last Saturday, I watched with giddy anticipation. There was something exhilarating about listening to the Bollywood tunes of my childhood—songs that often served as the overplayed soundtracks to family roadtrips and dinner parties—captivate an audience of nearly 2,300.

I was here to witness “Mystic India: The World Tour,” a series of high-octane dance performances that combined regional folk dancing, exuberant tributes to Hindu gods and lively renditions of Bollywood classics.

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March Vacation Deals

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Want to practice your photography skills in Mexico or cruise the Mediterranean? This month’s deals have you covered.

Art & Culture

Beijing and Shanghai: 36% off insider’s tour

Springtime in China package includes:

• 6 nights' accommodations, divided between Fairmonts in Beijing and Shanghai, provided by Kensington Tours, a bespoke outfitter with global expertise
• Explore the M50 art district, Shanghai’s action-packed creative hub, with an in-the-know local
• Airport meet and greet
• Private guided tour of Beijing including stops at Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall
• Private excursion in Shanghai, including visits to Jade Buddha and Yuyuan Garden
• Internal flights and chauffeured transfers

Cost: From $1,750 ($292 per night)

Book by April 30. Blackout dates apply: April 18–May 1.

For more information or to book, please visit Kensington Tours.

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Brokeback Mountain Opera Premieres at Madrid's Teatro Real

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One of the most anticipated new operas of 2014 has premiered at Madrid’s Teatro Real: Brokeback Mountain, with a libretto by Annie Proulx, based on her short story, and a score by American composer Charles Wuorinen. Brokeback Mountainis, of course, widely known because of the acclaimed 2005 film by Ang Lee that starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, as Wyoming sheep-herders, who fall in love in a landscape and a time inhospitable to their passion.

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Rosanne Cash's Favorite Southern Towns

Rosanne Cash

I love little towns with histories: quirky, literary, musical, genteel, revolutionary. Dockery Farms in Cleveland, Mississippi, is the plantation where Howlin’ Wolf, Charlie Patton, and all the blues guys worked. At night they’d play on the porch of a little juke joint. The music that came out of there is incredible. My dad was three when his family moved to Dyess, Arkansas, a colony created for poor families during the Depression. When I was 12, my dad took us for a visit. I couldn’t believe he’d grown up there. I’ve said no to almost all the Johnny Cash projects that have come across my plate, but when Arkansas State University bought the house and told me they wanted to restore it, I said, yeah, I’ll get involved.

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Our Favorite Movies To Inspire Travel

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To get ready for the 86th Academy Awards, we dedicated a recent Twitter Chat to discussing how movies have the ability to transport a viewer and even inspire future travel.

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Affordable Oscar-Themed Getaways In the U.S.

If, like me, you’ve been rushing around before Sunday’s star-studded event to see this year’s batch of Academy Award-nominated films, then perhaps you’re craving a vacation. These five trips—all affordable and in the U.S.—are inspired by films nominated for Best Picture this year.

AMERICAN HUSTLE

The T+L Trip: Suburban Massachusetts and Boston

The real life ABSCAM sting operation took place in New York and New Jersey, but much of David O. Russell’s crime drama was actually filmed in suburban Massachusetts. That dry cleaning branch? It’s Reliable Cleaners, between Natick and Framingham; Irving Rosenfeld’s modest house that he shares with wife Rosalyn is in tiny Medford. Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza makes a cameo (it’s where Irving and Lady Edith Greensly celebrate their newly launched London Associates partnership), and to mark the Academy Awards, the hotel is offering the Oscar Party Package. Rates from $759 include a stay in a one bedroom suite, popcorn snack, in-room champagne, and Red Carpet Bingo—or just pop into the hotel for a drink and a self-guided tour

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